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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Ecology Specialization

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Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with their physical and biological environment. The ecology specialization is designed for students interested in basic and applied ecology, including fisheries, wildlife management, forestry, ecological restoration, and conservation biology. Students following this specialization will gain experience in natural history, field research, and experimental design. Potential careers may be found in federal, state, and tribal agencies, or private environmental consulting firms. The ecology faculty strongly suggests that every student augment the single required taxonomy course with an elective second taxonomy course. Students interested in graduate study in ecology should work closely with their advisor to tailor this specialization to their particular field of interest.

Required Courses

Biology Core Requirements

Organic Chemistry and Laboratory Credits: 8

Core Total Credits: 61

Organismal diversity requirement:

All students in the biology BS program must take at least one advanced (300- or 400-level) animal course, one advanced plant course, and one advanced course covering other organisms (fungi, protists, bacteria, viruses). These courses may be contained within the core or taken as electives. See department for list of approved courses in each category. These need not be additional courses already included to satisfy other major requirements.

Additional Required Courses

Select one of the following advanced ecology courses: Credits 5

Select one of the following taxonomy courses: Credits 4-5

Department-approved electives: Credits 19-20

Total Credits: 100

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