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Ecology and Organismal Biology Emphasis

The Ecology and Organismal Biology (EOB) Emphasis is intended for current or aspiring biology majors who have a special interest in ecology and/or organismal biology.

Students who seek to learn more about evolutionary biology and conservation biology will also find the emphasis appealing.

The emphasis is designed for students interested in various levels of ecological organization (individual to ecosystem), organism types (bacteria, algae, fungi, higher plants, animals) and systems (aquatic and terrestrial).

Emphasis Course Requirements and Additional Options

Students in the EOB emphasis are required to take a set of core courses in biology, chemistry, and math. Students are given several options for additional coursework depending on their particular interests within the emphasis.

Review the emphasis course planner (PDF) for more details.

About our Faculty

Most faculty who teach courses in EOB have active research labs and routinely involve undergraduate students in research projects.

Ecology & Organismal Biology Emphasis Career Paths

There are several possible career paths available for students who graduate with a BS degree in Biology with an EOB emphasis including:

  • fisheries
  • wildlife and water resources management
  • environmental consulting
  • wildlife rehabilitation
  • zoo keeping
  • nature education
  • field- or lab-based technician positions.


Many past EOB students are pursuing or have completed MS or PhD degrees at some of the top universities in North America.

For information about job and internship opportunities please visit our jobs/internships page.

by Kempen, Kayde L last modified May 05, 2014 09:52 AM