Environmental Biology Major

The environmental biology major trains students in the natural sciences as well as other disciplines that inform environmental issues, providing breadth across math and the natural sciences and depth within field biology, ecology, and biodiversity. Students develop skills for measuring and analyzing ecological interactions, environmental processes, and the impacts of human behavior on natural resources as well as for communicating scientific information orally and in writing.

Students with a major in environmental biology are prepared for graduate school in many biological and environmental disciplines as well as science-oriented careers in state or federal conservation agencies, parks, or forest services, environmental consulting, and non-governmental organizations.

The environmental biology major requires a minimum of 67 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.
Co-requisites must be taken during the same semester.

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
BIOL 182: Evolution
BIOL 200: Ecology
BIOL 225: Biostatistics
BIOL 312: Advanced Ecology
BIOL 351: Junior Seminar I
BIOL 352: Junior Seminar II
BIOL 484: Senior Seminar I: Research

At least three (3) courses selected from the following list:
BIOL 307: Botany
BIOL 309: General Zoology
BIOL 310: Field & Systematic Botany
BIOL 313: Advanced Microbiology
BIOL 314: Field & Systematic Zoology
BIOL 329: Introduction to Marine Biology*
BIOL 330: Field Study in Marine Biology*
BIOL 341: Limnology
BIOL 373: Herpetology
*BIOL 329 and BIOL 330 must be taken together.

Required Environmental Courses
PHYS 200: Environmental Geoscience
PHYS 210: Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
ECON 225: Introduction to Environmental Economics

Choose one of the following courses:
PLSC 309: Global Environmental Politics
PLSC 322: American Environmental Politics

Other Required Courses:
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Lab
MATH 231: Calculus I
PHYS 211: General Physics I

Choose one of the following sets of courses:

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 308: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 308-L: Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory


CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry Reactions
CHEM 336: Biochemistry