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Undergraduate Program

BS in Biological Sciences

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BEB) Track

We require students to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the major, excluding allied field courses. See the advising page for information on how to declare your major, who your program advisor is, double majors, double degrees, petitioning for exceptions and more.

Major Requirements

Introductory Courses (3 Courses)

Select one of the following:

  • BIOL 110L: Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 112L: Perspectives in Biology I (pre-requires AP biology exam score of 4 or 5)

Select one of the following:

  • BIOL 111L: Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 113L: Perspectives in Biology I (pre-requires AP biology exam score of 4 or 5)
  • BIOL 115: Introduction to Organismal Evolutionary Biology (not offered after spring 2017; may use if already taken)

Select one of the following:

  • BIOL 190: The Human Genome (highly recommended)
  • BIOL 198: Principles of Genetics

Laboratory Experience (3 Courses)

  • BIOL 111P/117P: Principles of Biology II Lab (Not offered after Spring 2018; must use if already taken)
  • BIOL 198P: Principles of Genetics Lab
  • BIOL 225: Laboratory in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Advanced Courses: (4 or 5 Courses)

Note: majors may take either 3 advanced electives and 1 diversification elective, or 2 advanced electives and 2 diversification electives.

Both of the following:

  • BIOL 205: Evolution
  • BIOL 263: Ecology (Canceled AY 2019-2020: Will return Spring 2021)

Plus two or three* advanced electives from the following list (*depending on whether you will take two or one diversification electives):

  • BIOL 206: Eukaryotic Genomes 
  • BIOL 219L: Genomics of Quantitative Traits
  • BIOL 253L: Computational Biology
  • BIOL 257L:   Applied Genomics
  • BIOL 259L: Applied Population Biology
  • BIOL 260: Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 267: Human Evolutionary Genetics
  • EESC 201: Evolution of the Earth
  • EESC 220: Geobiology (pending advisor approval)

Diversification Elective (1 or 2 Courses)

Select one or two courses from the BEB diversification electives list. This course must be approved by the track coordinator and should be outside of the BEB major. 

Note: BIOL 217L: Principles of Human Anatomy with Lab and BIOL/BME 258: Human Anatomy may not be used to satisfy the diversification requirement.

Ancillary Requirements (9 Courses with Indicated Labs)

Both of the following general chemistry courses:

  • CHEM 131: Chemical Concepts I (lab included)*
  • CHEM 132: Chemical Concepts II (lab included)*

One of the following organic chemistry I courses:

  • CHEM 203/207: Organic Chemistry I with Lab*
  • CHEM 171/173: First Year Organic Chemistry I with Lab

Note: CHEM 171 and its associated lab, CHEM 173, will also fulfill the organic chemistry requirement. Students completing both CHEM 171 and 172 with associated labs do not need to take CHEM 132.

One of the following physics I courses:

  • PHYS 113: General Physics I (lab included)*
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics (lab included)
  • PHYS 141: Mechanics (Honors) (lab included)

One of the following calculus I courses:

  • MATH 141: Calculus I
  • MATH 161: Calculus IA*
  • MATH 171Q: Honors Calculus I

One of the following calculus II courses:

  • MATH 142: Calculus II
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA*
  • MATH 172Q: Honors Calculus II

One of the following statistics courses:

  • BIOL/STAT 214: Biostatistics (strongly recommended).   BEB majors are also encouraged to take the one-credit lab BIOL 218P, “Data Analysis in R”, although this is not required.
  • STAT 213: Elements of Probability and Mathematical Statistics (acceptable)

Note: STAT 212 is not acceptable, unless one of MATH/STAT 201, 216, or 277 are also taken

Plus two of the following ancillary electives:

  • Math: MATH 150, 163, 164, 165, or 218 (the latter, "Introduction to Mathematical Models in Life Science," is particularly appropriate for the BEB track)
  • Computer Programming: BIOL 208, CSC 161, 170, 171, ECE 114, or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 are not acceptable)
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 204 with associated lab, CHEM 208, or CHEM 172 with CHEM 210
  • Physics: PHY 114, 122, or 142
  • Statistics: STAT 201, 216, or 277

*AP credit will also be accepted for this course. See our advising page for more information about AP credit.

Upper-Level Writing (ULW) Requirements (2 Courses):

BIOL 225W: Laboratory in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

And select one from the following

  • BIOL 205W:Evolutionary Writing
  • BIOL 272W:  Communicating Your Professional Identity
  • BIOL 273W:  Writing for Grants, Fellowships, and Special Opportunities
  • BIOL 274W:  What Do You Mean I Can't Do That? Learning to Write Like an "Insider" in Your Discipline(s)
  • BIOL 276W:  Technology, Healthcare and "Being Mortal"
  • BIOL 396W:  Research Paper Writing in BIology


*BIOL 270W may be used if already taken