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Concentration in Ecology

This area of concentration within the Biology major is designed to prepare students for careers in academic, governmental, non-profit and private sector research, consulting or outreach programs focused on ecology and the environment. It also prepares students for graduate study in marine and terrestrial ecology, astrobiology, environmental science, and other fields of life and environmental sciences (including medical school)

In addition to the lower division Biology requirements (BIOL 105, BIOL 106, and BIOL 212) and the required supporting courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics, the following courses constitute the Ecology Concentration:

  • BIOL - 310 Genetics
  • BIOL - 346 General Microbiology and
  • BIOL - 347 Laboratory in General Microbiology
  • BIOL - 414 Evolution

Plus sixteen (16) credits of upper division electives chosen from the list below. These credits must include at least two Biology field courses (indicated with an asterisk), and can include one approved Environmental Science course.

  • BIOL - 331 Herpetology and
  • BIOL - 332 Herpetology Lab *
  • BIOL - 379 Conservation Biology and
  • BIOL - 380 Conservation Biology Lab *
  • BIOL - 381 California Wildlife and
  • BIOL - 382 Laboratory in California Wildlife *
  • BIOL - 383 Biology of Insects
  • BIOL - 384 Biology of Insects Lab *
  • BIOL - 390 Marine Biology and
  • BIOL - 391 Laboratory in Marine Biology *
  • BIOL - 392 Oceanography and
  • BIOL - 393 Laboratory in Oceanography *
  • BIOL - 395 Special Topics in Biology (ecology topics)
  • BIOL - 398 Readings for Advanced Undergraduates
  • BIOL - 470 Environmental Animal Physiology
  • BIOL - 490 Undergraduate Seminar in Biology
  • BIOL - 498 Research for Advanced Undergraduates
  • BIOL - 598 Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program
  • BIOL - 599 Thesis Writing for Biology Honors Program

Students must declare the Ecology Concentration by the end of the junior year.