The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (General Biology or Biomedical Sciences track), or a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioinformatics (4 tracks offered: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Systems Biology, or Computer Science). Minors are also offered in Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Marine Science.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) deals with the integration of biological systems across all levels of organization, from molecules within cells up through global ecosystems. As such, the department covers a very wide range of topics, from the genetic analysis of complex traits, evolution at the molecular level, phylogenetic analysis, organismal form and function, population and community ecology, genomics, and mathematical modeling.
The course of study includes a core set of courses in genetics, ecology, and evolution. Among the many electives are population genetics, vertebrate diversity, paleontology, environmental biology, introductory physiological ecology, math models in biology, teaching biology, physiological systems, conservation biology, insect behavior, bioinformatics and genomic analysis, vertebrate physiology, marine ecology, functional and evolutionary genomics, phylogenetic biology, plant diversity and evolution, systematic botany, ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, and animal behavior. Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in independent research, either by working within individual labs or through targeted programs. Students are trained in problem solving, integration of biological concepts across very broad scales, and quantitative methods. The Bachelor of Science degree requires an internship or research experience.
Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: for the student planning to pursue graduate study or a career in ecology and evolutionary biology, or a related scientific field.
Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: for the student with interests in natural history and the biological or environmental sciences who may not wish to pursue graduate study or a career in science.
The major in Biology provides a solid foundation in modern biology. As opposed to majors with an emphasis on specific fields of biology (e.g., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Biology offers broad training in biological systems from their component parts, biological molecules and cells, up through organisms to communities to whole ecosystems, as well as the biological processes that organize such systems and allow their development and evolution.
The course of study includes a core set of courses in genetics, biochemistry, ecology, and evolution. These core courses are coupled with a vast set of electives through a several biology departments at the University, such as the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Entomology, Microbiology, and Veterinary Sciences to name a few. Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in independent research either by working within individual labs or through targeted programs. Biology students are trained in problem solving and the integration of biological concepts across very broad scales.
Bachelor of Science in Biology- Biomedical Sciences track: designed specifically for students who plan to enter medical or professional school.
Bachelor of Science in Biology- General Biology track: geared toward students who wish to sample multiple areas of biology with a potential interest in future graduate study.
The major in Bioinformatics provides students with the biological knowledge and computational skills to leverage the large variety of biological data being generated. Bioinformatics majors will be prepared to meet the growing demand for individuals who understand core biological concepts and the computational approaches needed for 21st century biology.
The Bioinformatics course of study includes introductory and advanced coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science. Additional coursework is dependent on the student's chosen track: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Systems Biology, or Computer Science. Electives are offered from many different fields of biology, math, computer science, and informatics.
EEB offers minors in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Biology, and Marine Science.