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Ecology and Environmental Biology Major

This program is designed for students intending to pursue a graduate degree in ecology, botany zoology, wildlife management, or other ecological fields after graduation or for those who seek employment in zoos, conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, or environmental consulting firms upon graduation.

General Education
COMM 171 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 Written Communication II 3
ENGL 102 Written Communication III 3
PSYC 182 General Psychology 0.5
KINE 100 Lifelong Physical Awareness 3
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
BIBL 215 Old Testament Literature 3
BIBL 216 New Testament Literature 3
    Foreign Language, Two Semesters 6
    History Elective 3
    Art/Drama/Music 3
    Literature 3
PHIL 150 Logic & Critical Thinking 2
PHIL 250 Introduction to Philosophy 3
THEO 110 Exploring the Christian Faith 3
PHIL 452 Senior Experience 1
KINE 112-138 Physical Awareness 1.5
    Total Hours: 47
Major
BIOL 125 General Biology 4
BIOL 210 Zoology 4
BIOL 211 Botany 4
BIOL 230 Natural Resource Conservation 3
BIOL 309 Genetics 4
BIOL 313 Ecology 4
BIOL 317 Ecological Research Techniques 4
BIOL 337 Vertebrate Physiology 4
BIOL 415 Quantitative Methods in Biology 4
    Two Au Sable Courses 8
Choose one of the following:
NS 113 Area Study: Natural History and Ecology 4
BIOL 312 Microbiology [4]
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I [4]
    Au Sable Institute Course [4]
    Total Hours: 47
Math & Physical Science Support Courses
CHEM 163 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 121 General Physics I or 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II or [4]
NS 291 Physical Worlds [4]
MATH 111 Basic Probability & Statistics 3
MATH 131 Calculus I or 4
MATH 124 Applied Calculus [3]
    Total Hours: 18-19
Electives needed to complete degree 11-12

 

Suggested courses for specific pathways in Ecology & Environmental Biology:

 

  • Graduate School (Ecology, Botany, Zoology)
    Bethel electives:
    CHEM261 Organic Chemistry I, PHYS121 General Physics I, BIOL399 Internship in Biology
  • Wildlife Ecologist
    Au Sable Courses:
    BIOL301 Land Resources, BIOL305 Ornithology, BIOL311 Field Botany, BIOL315 Woody Plants, BIOL345 Wildlife Ecology
  • Plant Ecologist
    Au Sable Courses:
    BIOL301 Land Resources, BIOL311 Field Botany, BIOL315 Woody Plants, BIOL482 Restoration Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecologist/Water Resource Analyst
    Au Sable Courses:
    BIOL301 Land Resources, BIOL302 Limnology, BIOL322 Aquatic Biology, BIOL332 Environmental Chemistry, BIOL355 Watershed Stewardship
    Bethel electives: BIOL312, CHEM261, CHEM280
  • Field Naturalist
    Au Sable Courses:
    BIOL301 Land Resources, BIOL302 Ornithology, BIOL311 Field Botany, BIOL315 Woody Plants, BIOL321 Animal Ecology