2015-16 Catalogs

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 Departments of Environmental Science and Biological Sciences, and is administrated 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
    ESP 101, 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Laboratory

2. Either BIO 203 Ecology
    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