The major in Ecology provides students with the opportunity to intensively explore current diverse topics such as biodiversity, aquatic resources, environmental pollution, toxicology, invasive species, natural resource conservation, and sustainability; and through unique laboratory and field experiences they will learn state of the art techniques in experimental methodologies for monitoring, sampling, and accessing ecosystems. The program of study will provide excellent preparation for those pursuing advanced degrees or employment in ecology and other environmental fields. To enhance professional development and employment potential, students are encouraged to obtain specialized training by participating in basic and applied research in various areas of Ecology such as Plant Physiology and Genetics, Aquatic and Marine Ecology, Wildlife Biology, and many more focused topics.
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Progression & Graduation Requirements
- Double or triple majors, or major-minor combinations, that combine Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and/or Ecology are not permitted.
- A grade of C or better required in all Area F, Required Lower Division, Major Concentration, and Upper Division Elective courses.
- Required Lower Division Courses (may be used in the Core Curriculum) and spill over hours from Area F.
- Satisfactory Completion of the ETS Major Field Test
- If a student does not successfully complete a biology course after two attempts (i.e., he/she receives a D, F, W, or WF), the student will be limited to specific registration times for any subsequent attempts. Any student meeting these criteria will not be allowed to register for the course until the last day of late registration. Appeals may be made to the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in hardship cases.
- Major Concentration hours & Upper Elective hours must total at least 43 hours.