Ecology Minor

The Ecology minor will provide you with a broad understanding of the fundamental ecological processes that shape the diversity, distribution, and abundance of organisms across the planet. Through a combination of classroom learning, fieldwork, and laboratory experiments, this minor will provide you with the practical and quantitative skills to collect, analyze, and interpret ecological data. The minor emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills that will prepare you well for a diversity of career paths, including environmental science, natural resource management, and conservation.

BI-140Introduction to Organismal Biology4
BI-202Principles of Ecology4
MA-150Statistics I3
or MA-302 Probability and Statistics
GS-165Geographic Information Systems I4
or CS-135 Programming for Non-CS Majors
Minor Electives
Select 2 of the following:(8 credits)
BI-301Topics in Invertebrate Zoology8
or BI-304 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
or BI-331 Marine Biology
or BI-333 Topics in Vertebrate Zoology
or BI-334 Wildlife Biology
or BI-340 Plant Sciences
or BI-360 Animal Behavior
or BI-380 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Total Credits23
  1. Identify and describe the mechanisms that influence the structure and function of ecological systems
  2. Critically evaluate the primary literature in ecology
  3. Analyze complex ecological data-sets