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Ecology/Evolutionary Biology/Paleobiology Concentration

The Ecology/Evolutionary Biology/Paleobiology (EEP) concentration focuses on the ecological and evolutionary aspects of biology. Students should pursue this concentration if they’re interested in gaining a deeper understanding of biology at the ecosystem level and/or in learning to use a variety of tools to understand the history of life on earth. The four required EEP courses cover earth science, important principles in ecology, new approaches to understanding ecology and evolution, and the fundamentals of paleontology. The three focus areas help students tailor their studies to their specific research and career interests. This concentration will prepare students for careers in field research in ecosystems, evolutionary biology, or paleobiology, as well as for work in academic and government labs, and in consulting.

Focus areas within the EEP Concentration

Ecology

The Ecology Focus Area is for students with an interest in how plants and animals interact with their environment. Students study ecosystems ranging from the ocean to mountains, including the tropics, and animals ranging from ants to sea turtles.

Required Courses

ENVS 270 History of Life on Earth


Focus Area Courses

ENVS 230 General Ecology
ENVS 284 Phys & Population Ecology
ENVS 286 Comm & Ecosystem Ecology

Select two of the following electives

ENVS 322 Tropical Ecology
ENVS 324 Microbial Ecology
ENVS 330 Aquatic Ecology
ENVS 336 Terrestrial Ecology
ENVS 338 Biodiversity & Conservation
ENVS 364 Animal Behavior
ENVS 390 Marine Ecology
ENVS 410 Physiological Ecology
ENVS 412 Biophysical Ecology
ENVS 413 Advanced Population Ecology
ENVS 414 Advanced Community Ecology
ENVS 520 Field Methods in Paleoecology


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Recommended Plans of Study

Ecology - 4 year, No Co-op (PDF)
Ecology - 4 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)
Ecology - 5 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)


Evolutionary Biology

The Evolutionary Biology Focus Area will introduce students to the processes that shape the diversity and fate of organisms in the natural world, allowing them to see life through the powerful lens of evolution. Suggested coursework emphasizes the patterns and mechanisms behind the process of evolution, including interpretation of the fossil record, phylogenetics, population genetics, natural selection, and genetic drift. Evolution at both the organismal and molecular levels will be covered extensively.

Required Courses

ENVS 270 History of Life on Earth


Focus Area Courses

ENVS 230 General Ecology
ENVS 326 Molecular Ecology
* Juniors & Seniors can substitute ENVS 326 with ENVS 511 (Evolutionary Ecology).
ENVS 360 Evo-Devo
* Juniors & Seniors can substitute ENVS 360 with BIO 270 (Development Biology).

Select two of the following electives

ENVS 338 Biodiversity & Conservation
ENVS 271 Dinosaurs and Their World
ENVS 272 Physical Geology
ENVS 375 Invertebrate Paleontology
ENVS 476 Paleobotany
ENVS 477 Vertebrate Paleontology
BIO XXXX Advanced Evolution


View EEP Course Descriptions »

Recommended Plans of Study

Evolutionary Biology - 4 year, No Co-op (PDF)
Evolutionary Biology - 4 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)
Evolutionary Biology - 5 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)


Paleobiology

The Paleobiology Focus Area is for students with an interest in the anatomy, evolution, and paleoecology of extinct life over the long arc of geological time. Foundational evolutionary and geological principles will be applied towards understanding ancient life. Students will gain experience collecting fossils in the field and in preparing and studying fossils in the laboratory. The concentration is also appropriate for students planning to pursue medical disciplines who have a particular interest in anatomy, osteology, developmental biology, or evolution.

Focus Area Courses

ENVS 272 Physical Geology
ENVS 375 Invertebrate Paleontology *
ENVS 477 Vertebrate Paleontology *
* Juniors & Seniors can substitute ENVS 375 with ENVS 374 (Sedimentary Environments), ENVS 271 (Dinosaurs and Their World), or ENVS XXXX (Coastal Environments).

Select two of the following electives

ENVS 230 General Ecology
ENVS 271 Dinosaurs and Their World
ENVS 336 Terrestrial Ecology
ENVS 360 Evo-Devo
ENVS 374 Sedimentary Environments
ENVS 390 Marine Ecology
ENVS 476 Paleobotany
ENVS 520 Field Methods in Paleoecology
BIO XXXX Advanced Evolution


View EEP Course Descriptions »

Recommended Plans of Study

Paleobiology - 4 year, No Co-op (PDF)
Paleobiology - 4 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)
Paleobiology - 5 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)


No Focus Area

Students also have the option to pursue No Focus Area and instead take electives that most interest to them to receive broad training in the Ecology/Evolutionary Biology/Paleobiology Concentration.

Required Courses

ENVS 270 History of Life on Earth


Focus Area Courses

Select three of the following electives

ENVS 230 General Ecology
ENVS 272 Physical Geology
ENVS 284 Phys & Population Ecology
ENVS 286 Comm & Ecosystem Ecology
ENVS 326 Molecular Ecology
ENVS 360 Evo-Devo
ENVS 375 Invertebrate Paleontology
ENVS 477 Vertebrate Paleontology


View EEP Course Descriptions »

Recommended Plans of Study

No Focus Area - 4 year, No Co-op (PDF)
No Focus Area - 4 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)
No Focus Area - 5 year, Spring-Summer Co-op (PDF)



EEP Degree Requirements

BS in Biological Sciences: EEP Checklist (PDF)
Biological Science Course Descriptions