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Major in Environmental Biology (ENVB)

The major in Environmental Biology is a focused course of study intended for students who are planning for professions in which they will apply what they have learned in the major to professional positions and/or further education focused on conservation biology, environmental preservation, human health, and public policy.

The major should appeal to individuals who are interested in seeking employment with environmental agencies of federal, state, and municipal governments or non-governmental organizations; and in private industry, including environmental consulting firms. The program also may appeal to individuals planning to enter the field of environmental law. Moreover, students who complete the proposed new major and elect to take two of the three electives at the 600 level will be able to enter directly into the 4+1 program in Environmental Biology combined bachelors and masters degrees for advanced study.

Core Courses

  • EBIO 1010 – Diversity of Life
  • EBIO 1015 – Diversity of Life Lab
  • CELL 1010 – General Biology
  • EBIO 2020 – Theory and Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • EBIO 2070 – Molecular & Evolutionary Genetics
  • EBIO 2040 – Conservation Biology
  • EBIO 2050 – Global Change Biology
  • EBIO 3080 – Processes of Evolution
  • EBIO 3040 – General Ecology
  • EBIO 3045 – General Ecology Lab

Elective Courses

  • Three courses (three-four credits each) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Two of the elective courses will be approved laboratory or field-oriented courses
  • Maximum of one three- or four-credit course from EBIO 2910, 2920, 4660, 4910, 4920, 4950, 4960, 4990 or 5000 as one of the lecture electives. (Note: courses in this group taken for fewer than three credits do not count as an elective.)
  • Courses from other departments cannot count as electives.

Capstone in the EEB Major

  • The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology requires the completion of one capstone course.
  • Two courses are offered (EBIO 5970, 5971), one in fall and one in the spring. Each one carries two graded credits. Students are required to complete one course, but up to two may be taken for credit.

    EBIO 5970, 5971 - Capstone Research Seminars
    2 Credits
    Pre-requisites: Senior Standing and major in EEBI, ENVB, or ENSB.
    Students attend departmental research seminars and meet to discuss them as contemporary topics in ecology and evolutionary biology. Career development is also considered in the course. Completion of EBIO 5970 or 5971 satisfies the capstone requirement in the major. Students may, however, earn credit in both courses.
    Class Type: Students attend and discuss departmental seminars following preliminary study of seminar topics.

Required Courses from Other Departments

  • Two semesters of Mathematics
    A minimum of 6 credits of Mathematics is required for the Bachelor's degree. Any two Mathematics courses numbered 1210 and above may be used to satisfy this requirement. However, the combination of MATH 1150 and MATH 1160 (Long Calculus) may count as one course toward this requirement.
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry with labs (CHEM 1070/1075, 1080/1085 or H1090/H1095, H1100/H1105)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 2500) or Organic Chemistry I with lab (CHEM 2410/2415)
  • Courses in Statistics and Physics are highly recommended but not required

Download a checklist of the Environmental Biology Major Requirements

For detailed information about all the courses offered by EE Biology, review the EEB Expanded Course Catalog.