Students majoring in E&EB may receive either a B.A. or a B.S. degree. The B.A. program is intended for students who are interested in ecology, evolution and organism diversity as a part of a liberal education but do not intend to pursue graduate work in the discipline. The B.S. program is designed for students headed for medical or veterinary school or for graduate study in ecology and evolutionary biology, other biological disciplines, or the environmental sciences. The two degree programs share prerequisite and core requirements but differ in elective and senior requirements.
Structure of the Undergraduate Major
The programs in the major are designed both to enhance a liberal education and to provide excellent preparation for professional and graduate study, both in the biological or environmental sciences, and in medicine and other health-related fields. After a shared set of prerequisites, the major is organized as two tracks that differ in their core requirements.
A visual “roadmap” of the major can be viewed here.
Prerequisites for the Major
Effective Academic Year 2023-24
|BIOL 101 Introduction to Biochemistry
BIOL 102 Principles of Cell Biology & Membrane Physiology
BIOL 103 Basic Genetics & Developmental Biology
BIOL 104 Principles of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
|2 terms of General Chemistry (CHEM 161, 165 or CHEM 163, 167)|
|2 terms of General Chemistry Lab (CHEM 134L and 136L)|
|1 term of Mathematics (MATH 115, 116, or 120) or Statistics & Data Science (S&DS 100 or 230)|
|Students should take four additional courses, for a total of four credits, from among the following options: MATH 115 or 116, 118 or 120, 222 or 225, 230 or 231, 235, 241, 242, 244, 246, 247, 250, 255; S&DS 100-106, 220, 230, 238, 240; CPSC 100, 112, 123, 201; CHEM 174 or 220, 175 or 221, 222L, 223L, PHYS 170 or 180, 171 or 181, EPS 110, 212, 220, 222, 232, 240, 255. No more than two of these four additional courses may originate in the same department.|
Core Courses for the Major
|Biodiversity and the environment Track||Organismal Biology Track|
|E&EB 220 General Ecology||
MCDB 300 Biochemistry or
MB&B 300 Principles of Biochemistry 1
|E&EB 225 Evolutionary Biology||
E&EB 295 Comparative Physiology or
BENG 350 Physiological Systems
|E&EB 2xx or 3xx Organismal Diversity Course||E&EB 290 Comparative Anatomy|
|E&EB 2xxL or 3xxL Organismal Diversity Lab||E&EB 291L Comparative Anatomy Lab|
For the B.A. degree only (one credit required, one of the following must be taken in senior year):
E&EB 470 (Tutorial)
Senior Essay (no credit)
For the B.S. degree only (four credits required; 2 semesters of senior research must be taken in senior year for a letter grade):
E&EB 475 and 476 (Research)
E&EB 495 and 496 (Intensive Senior Research)
Elective lectures, labs and/or research (2 credits)
For a complete listing of E&EB offerings click here or visit OCI.
For additional details on the major please contact the current E&EB DUS and consult the Undergraduate Handbook linked at the top of the page.