Ecology and Biodiversity Track

Requirements for the Major in Biology - Ecology and Biodiversity Track

The major requires successful completion of the following:

Course Requirements 1,2
BIOL 130Field Investigations in Biology4
BIOL 133Introductory Molecular Biology and Genetics 34
BIOL 210Ecology (Lab)4
BIOL 213Evolutionary Biology4
BIOL 223Genetics (Lab)4
or BIOL 224 Genetics
BIOL 424Senior Seminar4
ENST 217Fundamentals of GIS4
or STAT 204 Elementary Statistics
or BIOL 217 Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Biology (Lab)
Select four courses from the following two themed categories with at least one from the Human Dimensions category: 416
Human Dimensions (attribute BIOH):
Advanced Conservation Biology
Reading the Landscape (Lab)
Advanced Conservation Biology (Lab)
Environmental Public Health
Human Health and the Environment (Lab)
Coastal Ecology
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Lab)
Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology
Freshwater Conservation
Ecological Integrity in Agriculture
Sound, Soundscapes, and the Environment
Island Ecology (Lab)
Ecology and Biodiversity (attribute BIOE):
Ornithology (Lab)
Plant Ecology (Lab)
Biodiversity: Pattern and Process (Lab)
Entomology (Lab)
Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Biology (Lab)
Environmental Physiology of Plants (Lab)
Freshwater Biology (Lab)
Rainforests and Coral Reefs
Herpetology (Lab)
Cave Biology
Plant Evolution and Systematics (Lab)
Behavioral Ecology (Lab)
Advanced Topics in Ecology and Biodiversity
Genes and Behavior
Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology
Total Semester Hours44
Additional Requirements
A comprehensive examination

Courses numbered below 130 do not count toward the major.


At least four of the required and elective biology courses must have a laboratory.


The Department of Biology will allow an AP test score of 5 or a higher level IB test score of 6 or 7 to substitute for BIOL 133. Students should be advised that mastery of the material covered in BIOL 133 is important as majors will be tested on it during their comprehensive exams.


Students may only receive credit once for courses delivered as both lab and non-lab offerings.


Students who have completed and passed the Island Ecology summer program (ESCI 240) may count it as one laboratory course in the major. For purposes of calculating GPA within the major, the grade for ESCI 240 will count as the equivalent of one biology class.