Interest in the environment is at an all-time high, and if you want to become a part of this exciting field, this major will be a perfect fit for you. With an Ecology degree, you will be well prepared to compete in the environmentally conscious job market.
Degree Type: BS
Department: Biology

Program Highlights

  • Variety of classes including ornithology, parasitology, invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, ecological census techniques, wetland ecology, algae fungi, and lichens
  • Lecture classes not exceeding 40 students
  • Lab class sizes not exceeding 16 students
  • Opportunity to conduct and present original research at scientific meetings

What You’ll Study

The major requires 122 credit hours:

  • 31 credits: General education: Math, English, religious studies, social science or history, natural or physical science, statistics
  • 31 credits: School of Science support requirements: chemistry, organic chemistry, physics
  • 48 credits: Major requirements: Biology, genetics; standard ecology major electives
  • 12 credits: Free electives
View Ecology Course Requirements


A major in this field can lead to a career as a:

  • Park naturalist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Field biologist
  • Technician
  • Science educator

The Ecological Society of America also offers a series of articles exploring ecological careers.

Meet the Faculty

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