Ecology & Organismal Biology

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This concentration is designed to prepare students interested in ecology, conservation, and organismal biology for entry into a graduate program, employment in governmental agencies, non‐profit organizations, or positions where an integrating organismal and ecological background is required.

Students completing this program have a broad background but also have enough upper‐level courses to build depth in knowledge and skills. The program provides sufficient flexibility that students can tailor their programs to specific needs.

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Requirements for Ecology and Organismal Biology Concentration.

This program of courses is a major‐minor combination; no separate minor is required.
Requirements for this concentration: (parts 1 and 2)

1. Biological Sciences:

A total of 52 hours is required. The following must be included:

a. Biology core; 23 hours

1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology or 1401 Science of Biology
2401 Microbiology
2402 Botany
2403 Zoology
3300 Genetics
3303 Principles of Ecology
4190 Biology Seminar

b. Ecology and Organismal Concentration requirements; 17 hours

BIOL 3100 Genetics Lab
BIOL 3103 Ecology Lab
BIOL 3405 Invertebrate Zoology or BIOL 3409 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 4310 Evolution
BIOL 4409 Plant Taxonomy or BIOL 4412 Plant Ecology
BIOL 4403 Comparative Physiology or BIOL 4419 Plant Physiology

c. Ecology and Organismal Concentration electives: 12 hours from the following:

BIOL 3405, 3409, 3407, 3391, 3199‐3499, 4312, 4314, 4315, 4402, 4404,
4405, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410, 4411, 4412, 4421, 4424, 4305, 4419, 4401, 4415, 4417, 4391, 4199‐4399, 4100‐4300, 4189‐4389, ENHS 3310, ERSC 4422, and  Gulf Coast Research Laboratory courses

2. Physical Sciences and Mathematics:

27 hours

CHEM 1400 & 1401 Fundamental Chemistry I & II or CHEM 1402 &
1403 General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 2450 Organic Survey or CHEM 3150/3350 General Organic
Chemistry I with lab
STAT 2350 or MATH 1311/1111 or higher

12 additional upper‐level credits in mathematics, statistics, or science courses other than biology ( i.e. Earth Science, Physics, or Chemistry).

Students must achieve a ʺCʺ or greater in each core course to complete the core requirements.   No more than six hours of special topics and 6 hours of undergraduate research, independent study, or cooperative education may be applied toward the degree.

Students planning to enter graduate programs should include six hours of Physics and two semesters of organic chemistry in their program.