This major investigates how organisms interact with their physical environment and other organisms, from an evolutionary perspective. Ecologists' work includes research and/or teaching involving population genetics and evolution, adaptive strategies for survival, the nature of populations, and community ecology. Ecologists also offer technical services in connection with environmental impact decisions and regional planning, and environmental education at various levels as teacher, naturalist, or journalist. Common career paths for undergraduate students include graduate study leading to academic positions (research and teaching in small colleges and major universities), technical positions in industry (mostly dealing with environmental assessment), and employment in state and federal environmental agencies.
Points of Pride
- The Ross Reserve, a 75-acre biological reserve owned by the Department of Biological Sciences, is used by some ecology courses for research and laboratory work.
- Large number of undergraduates involved in undergraduate research each semester
- Award winning teachers are found throughout the curriculum – from the introductory lecture course to the capstone laboratory modules.
- Graduates are highly respected by employers, graduate schools, and professional schools