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24 to 27 additional credits to the Biology Program Core Credits
The Biology major with a concentration in Ecology/Environmental science  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. Recommended for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in the sciences and/or careers involving scientific research.


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

BI 310   Ecology

BI 311   Ecology Lab

BI 317   Plant Biology and Lab

BI 320   Evolution

BI 360   Microbiology

BI 361   Microbiology Lab
Students will also choose 3+ credits from the following list of research electives:

BI 415   Field Studies in Ecology and Environmental Science

BI 465   Research Methods

BI 466   Research Methods Lab

BI 486, 487, 488, 489 Independent Research (requires approval of research mentor and academic advisor)


Students will also choose one (1) course from the following list of biotic electives:

BI 322   Animal Behavior

BI 330   Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

BI 331   Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab

BI 340   Parasitology

BI 341   Parasitology Lab

BI 367   Microbial Ecology and Lab
Students will also choose one (1) course from the following list of abiotic electives:

BI 418   Limnology

BI 419   Limnology in the Field

CH 308 Environmental Chemistry

CH 310 Quantitative Analysis

CH 311 Quantitative Analysis Lab


Undergraduate Research Experiences

Internal research experiences, mentored by Notre Dame College faculty, are available in ecology/environmental science. Since NDC is located in an area known for its major research universities and community partners, students are encouraged to pursue external research experiences. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for and connect with these institutions for research work (summer or during the academic year) 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.

While an internship is not a requirement for graduation, it is highly recommended that students participate in a paid or unpaid internship to apply their learning and gain practical experience in their field.