Department of Biological Sciences

Minor in Ecology

Students in other fields of study receive a minor in Ecology when they demonstrate they have taken a rigorous and comprehensive set of courses within the discipline. Courses in the minor include both basic and applied aspects of ecology.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the university’s core curriculum) required for the minor: 16. A grade of C- or higher is required for all courses in the minor. This is a cooperative minor between the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Department of Biological Sciences, and it is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Core requirements: Each of the following must be completed (8-9 credits). Additional prerequisite courses may be required.

1. Either BIO 107 Biological Principles II: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
     or
    ESP 101, 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Laboratory

2. Either BIO 203 Ecology
    or 
    ESP 125, 126 Introduction to Environmental Ecology and Laboratory

Electives: Complete 7–8 credits of the following, including at least one lab course or integrated lecture/lab, for a minimum of 16 credits for the minor. For students majoring in Biology, Environmental Planning and Policy, or Environmental Science, elective courses for the Ecology minor (listed below) cannot also be used to satisfy major requirements. 

ESP 250 Soils and Land Use
ESP 303 Wetlands Ecology
ESP 341 Limnology
ESP 350 Environmental Entomology
ESP 412 Field Ecosystem Ecology
ESP 413 Forest Ecology
BIO 231 Botany
BIO 291 Ornithology
BIO 335 Entomology
BIO 337 Marine Ecology
BIO 353 Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 383 Plant Ecology
BIO 405, 406 Animal Behavior and Laboratory
BIO 415, 416 Microbial Ecology and Laboratory