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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: Undergraduate Programs


The department offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in EEB as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology which has three concentration options (Organismal, Biomedical Science and Bioinformatics).

  • The B.S. in EEB is primarily designed for students planning to pursue graduate study or a career in ecology and evolutionary biology or a related scientific field. The B.A. is geared towards students with interests in natural history and the biological or environmental sciences who may not wish to pursue graduate study or a career in science.
  • The B.S. in Biology provides a broad background in biology; concentrations provide a more specific focus for the degree.  The Organismal concentration is attractive to students who wish to sample multiple areas of biology with a potential interest in future graduate study, Biomedical Sciences is designed especially for students who plan to enter medical or professional school, and Bioinformatics is for students interested in genomics, phylogenetics, and comprehensive analysis of biological data.
Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Conceptual Outcomes

    • Detailed understanding of the following key concepts in biological interactions, as well as their integration across levels of biological organization:
      • Evolution
      • Ecology
      • Genetics
      • Natural Selection and Adaptation
      • Diversity of Life
      • Phylogenetics
      • Integration of Form and Function
      • Ecosystem Dynamics
      • Behavior
      • Biogeography
      • Development and Life History
    • Integration of tools and concepts from Mathematics and the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics) into the analysis of biological interactions, specifically:
      • modeling in genetics, evolution, and ecology
      • physical constraints on form and function
      • biochemistry of biological interactions
    • An understanding of the broad interdisciplinary nature of science and the significance of biological interactions in agriculture, the environment, and human health and well-being.

Skill Outcomes

Students should, upon completion of the EEB program, have the ability to:
  • think critically in order to both pose and solve biological questions
  • critically evaluate experimental data and formulate testable hypotheses
  • engage in self-initiated learning and discovery
  • read, evaluate, and synthesize scientific literature
  • access and evaluate different sources of information
  • effectively communicate (orally and written) the principles and concepts of biological sciences to both other scientists and non-scientists
  • analyze quantitative data, including an understanding of fundamental concepts of statistics
  • construct and analyze simple mathematical models
Assessment Activities: 

In order to determine whether our proposed conceptual and skill outcomes are being actualized we must assess the learning taking place for our undergraduates. We have begun the implementation of several complementary approaches.

Regular or Reoccuring Activities

Special or Occasional Activities


Updated date: Tue, 09/14/2010 - 10:16