Biology: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, BA

Ecology and evolutionary biology are among the most exciting and challenging fields in biology today. The Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology provides intensive training in both areas, along with essential background in the statistical and mathematical methods essential for understanding Ecological and Evolutionary research and field practices.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

With permission from the Undergraduate Chair, two course units away or LPS courses may count toward the Biology major. This limit does not apply to Study Abroad.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives18.5
Major Requirements
Introductory Biology
Select one of the following tracks:3
Track 1:
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory
Introductory Organismal Biology Lab
Select one of the following:
Evolution of Behavior: Animal Behavior
Principles of Human Physiology
Human Physiology
Track 2:
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology B
Chemistry Requirement
Select 2 course units of Chemistry2
Physics Requirement
Select one of the following:1.5
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound
General Physics: Electromagnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Calculus/Statistics Requirement
MATH 1400Calculus, Part I1
MATH 1410Calculus, Part II1
or MATH 1510 Calculus, Part II with Probability and Matrices
Select one of the following:1
Statistics for Biologists
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Intermediate Biology
BIOL 2210Molecular Biology and Genetics1
BIOL 2410Evolutionary Biology1
BIOL 2610Ecology: From individuals to ecosystems1
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Electives
Select 4 course units of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology electives4
Research Requirement
BIOL 3999Independent Study1
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Students are required to present their research at the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Biology (SURB) poster session, held at the end of the Spring Term.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the Major and the Thesis must be approved by the departmental honors committee.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.