Evolution and Ecology (BS)

The study of evolution deals with both the historical path of evolution from pre-biotic Earth to the present, and the processes contributing to evolutionary change, such as natural selection, genetic drift and historical accidents. The study of ecology concerns how organisms function in their dealings with other organisms and with their environment. Ecology is one of the key sciences having to do with the broader field of conservation biology and the maintenance of biodiversity.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Find jobs such as ecological assessment and research, in non-profit environmental organizations or working in state or federal environmental agencies. Work in zoos or aquaria, or as laboratory technicians in biological or pharmaceutical research. The major serves as an excellent foundation for pursuing graduate study in biology, particularly in the areas of evolution and ecology, or in teaching. Other students plan to enter a professional school in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry or similar occupation.

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Careers particularly appropriate for students completing the evolution and ecology program include those dealing with the environment and conservation, such as ecological assessment and research, state or federal environmental agencies, zoos and aquaria, and conservation organizations. The evolution and ecology major also serves as a good foundation for advancement to jobs entailing a high level of responsibility, such as research scientist or manager, either through on-the-job experience or through graduate or professional study.

courses you might take:

4410: Conservation Biology

Application of ecology, population genetics, and biogeography to the study and conservation of biodiversity, threatened communities and endangered species.

5430: Fish Ecology

Behavior, migration, distribution and evolution of fishes; laboratory emphasis on ecological and systematic ichthyology.

4420: Ecology & Evolution of Mammals

Mammals of the world, their natural history, distribution, taxonomy and major anatomical and physiological adaptations; study of local species emphasized in lab.

4240: Ecology & Evolution of Plants & People

The botany and historical uses of economically important plants; topics include the major food, spice, medicinal, and industrial plants, and their domestication and cultural significance.

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