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Ecology/Environmental Science

24 to 27 additional credits to the

Biology Program Core Credits

The ecology/environmental science program will prepare students for graduate studies and STEM careers in ecology, environmental science and related disciples. Graduates will have acquired a broad foundation of knowledge and conceptual understanding of the biotic and abiotic factors interacting within ecosystems.
Graduates will have developed the scientific research skills essential to conducting and/or contributing to scientific investigations related to ecology and environmental science.

In addition to the core courses, the students choosing
the ecology/environmental science concentration will complete the following requirements:

BI 310, 311 Ecology and Lab
BI 315, 316 Plant Biology and Lab
BI 320 Evolution
BI 360, 361 Microbiology and Lab

Students will also choose one course from the
following list of research electives:

BI 415 Field Studies in ecology and
Environmental Science
BI 465/466 Research Methods and Lab
BI 486,489 Independent Research
(requires approval of research mentor
and academic advisor)

Students will also choose one course from the
following list of biotic electives:

BI 322 Animal Behavior
BI 330,331 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Lab
BI 340, 341 Parasitology and Lab
BI 365 Microbial Ecology and Lab

Students will also choose one course from the
following list of abiotic electives:

BI 418, 419 Limnology and Lab
CH 308 Environmental Chemistry
CH 310, 311 Quantitative Analysis and Lab

SUMMER LABORATORY RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

Notre Dame College is located in an area known for its major research universities and hospitals. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for summer research work in these facilities. These experiences provide the student with additional learning opportunities, work experience, summer employment, career exploration possibilities, and, in some circumstances, academic credit from Notre Dame College.