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Evolution and Ecology (BS)

Evolution and Ecology (BS)


Evolution and ecology are areas of study into the descent and interrelationships of organisms, including plants, animals, and microorganisms.

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.

What can you do with this degree?

Students completing the Evolution and Ecology degree would be well qualified for employment in businesses dealing with the environment, such as ecological assessment and research, at nonprofit environmental organizations, or working in state or federal environmental agencies. They might also work in zoos or aquaria, or as laboratory technicians in biological or pharmaceutical research.

The Evolution and Ecology major would serve as an excellent foundation for pursuing graduate study in biology, particularly in the areas of evolution and ecology, or in teaching. Other students with this degree may plan to enter a professional school in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry or similar occupation.