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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:

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

Select one of the following:

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

Select one of the following:

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

Laboratory Experience (3 Courses)

  • BIO 111P/117P: Principles of Biology II Lab
  • BIO 198P: Principles of Genetics Lab
  • BIO 225: Laboratory in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Advanced Courses: (4 or 5 Courses)

Majors may take either 3 advanced electives and 1 diversification elective, or 2 advanced electives and 2 diversification electives.

  • BIO 205: Evolution
  • BIO 263: Ecology

Plus three of the following:

  • BIO 206: Eukaryotic Genomes
  • BIO 247: Environmental Animal Physiology
  • BIO 253: Computational Biology
  • BIO 260: Animal Behavior
  • BIO 265: Molecular Evolution—Canceled spring 17, will return spring 18 (but may use if already taken)
  • EES 201: Evolution of the Earth
  • EES 207: Principles of Paleontology

Diversification Elective (1 or 2 Courses)

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

Note: BIO 217: Principles of Human Anatomy with Lab and BIO/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:

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

One of the following organic chemistry I courses:

  • CHM 203/207: Organic Chemistry I with lab*
  • CHM 171/173: Freshman Organic Chemistry I with lab

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

One of the following physics I courses:

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

One of the following calculus I courses:

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

One of the following calculus II courses:

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

Biostatistics CHANGE NOTICE

BIO/STT 214—All BEB track students should take BIO/STT 214: Biostatistics if at all possible. If necessary, STT 213 or CSP/PSY 211 may be substituted. STT 212 will no longer be accepted, unless STT 201, 216, or 277 are also taken. Plus two of the following ancillary electives:

  • Math: MTH 150, 163, 164, 165, or 218 (the latter, "Introduction to Mathematical Models in Life Science," is particularly appropriate for the BEB track)
  • Computer Programming: BIO 208, CSC 109, 161, 170, 171, ECE 114, or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 are not acceptable)
  • Organic Chemistry: CHM 204 with associated lab, CHM 208, or CHM 172 with CHM 210
  • Physics: PHY 114, 122, or 142
  • Statistics: STT 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)

Both of the following:

  • BIO 225W: Laboratory in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 270W: Exploring a Research Topic in Evolutionary Biology: Sexual Selection and Mate Choice*

*Students not taking BIO 270W are encouraged to take either BIO 272W, 275W, or 396W. Other upper-level courses are allowed by permission only.