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Beginning in the Fall of 2013 the Biology Department is offering a new degree in Ecology. The program is intended for students intersted in the environment and combines coursework in Botany, Ecological Census Techniques, Herpetology, Entomology, Toxicology, Parisitology, and Ecology. As an Ecology major you will gain understanding of how natural living systems function, develop and interact with the environment. You will also learn how ecosystems can be managed and conserved. Through your coursework, you gain invaluable experience in experimental design and analysis and become proficient in data analysis. Last but not least, you will have opportunities to present your research at the annual CBU research poster session and at a scientific meeting.

According to the Department of Labor Environmental Career Outlook, the most common jobs for students with an Ecology degree are (but not limited to):

  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Nature Preserve Manager
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Greenways Coordinator
  • Storm water Program Manager
  • Wetlands Scientist
  • Wildlife Manager.

Companies in the Mid-South that would hire graduates with an Ecology degree include (but not limited to):

  • ECT
  • ENSAFE (environmental consulting firms)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Tennessee Natural Heritage Program
  • Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Memphis Storm Water Management
  • Memphis Zoo

The Ecology degree provides excellent preparation for many other career paths, including health professions and graduate school and is thus suitable both for students who are intersted in pre-health programs and those who are not.

If you have any questions about the Ecology degree program, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. James Moore at or Lynda Miller at