Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Applied

You see the forest for more than just trees; you understand that our ecosystem must balance aspects of animal and plant life with the biotechnological aspects needed in today’s world. Put those smarts into action with Michigan Tech’s applied ecology and environmental sciences major. Classes are hands-on and field-oriented, and you can conduct research in a variety of areas: bat habitat, molecular genetics, satellite imagery, invasive species, wolf-moose ecology, and global climate change—just to name a few.

Choose Your Focus

As an applied ecology and environmental science major, you'll be able to select from one of the three sets of directed electives:

  • Biotechnology
  • Communication natural resources
  • Plants ecology and wetlands

What You Need to Know About This Program

  • You'll start with outdoor labs in your first week of class.
  • Lab sessions take place in one of the largest contiguous forested areas in the eastern United States.
  • Researchers from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science are involved in the longest running predator/prey study—the wolves and moose on Isle Royale.
  • You can get involved in the SFRES Learning Community, a residential community for students seeking degrees in forestry, applied ecology and environmental sciences, and wildlife ecology and management.
  • The Fall Practicum (fall camp) is conducted at Michigan Tech’s 5,500-acre research forest, where students live for 14 weeks.
  • Students have VIP access to the Comprehensive Geographic Information System labs.
  • Earn a Master's degree in just a single year of study beyond your undergrad degree through the accelerated master's program in forestry or geographic information science.

As an applied ecology and environmental sciences student at Michigan Tech, you’ll get the chance to work on awesome projects. The rapidly growing Forest and Environmental Resource Management Enterprise team (FERM) or The Mesocosm—an underground process research lab—are just two options for hands-on research.

With an undergraduate degree in applied ecology and environmental sciences you could be working in the private sector or for state natural resource departments or US government agencies.

Learn more about applied ecology and environmental sciences at Michigan Tech!