Solve Environmental Problems—From the Lab to the Field.
Discover the nature, dynamics, and principles of ecological and evolutionary systems. Our broad-based curriculum allows students to obtain knowledge and develop skills necessary to study and understand science and biodiversity of the natural world, prepare them for their next stage of education and research, and help solve environmental and human problems.
Specialize your training in molecular biology, genetics, field techniques, analysis of ecological and evolutionary data, and countless other topics through experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and field.
What is Ecology and Evolutionary Biology?
Ecology is the scientific study of interactions between organisms and their environment, and evolutionary biology studies the evolutionary process that produce and modify the diversity of life on earth. An understanding each of these fields and how they are interwoven is core for education in the Biological Sciences focused on behavior, biodiversity, conservation, and function from individuals to ecosystems.
Get Your Feet Wet!
Amy Marcarelli leads a field intensive course where students learn to use a variety of state-of-the-art techniques to characterize biological communities and measure important physical and biological processes. Read more about how Huskies explore Lake Superior.
Rigorous, But Flexible Curriculum
Our program requires students to complete a total of 120 academic credits. On average, a student can comfortably complete the degree within four years by taking an average of 15 credits, or four to five classes, each semester.
Take classes in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, and mathematics, which are essential for an integrative understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes while choosing from a wide variety of elective courses to tailor your degree to your interests and goals. Get hands-on experience through our field classes, research opportunities, and experiential learning on and off-campus.
Program Learning Goals
All students in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BS Degree Program will...
- learn about global issues and cultural constructs that influence the study of ecology and evolutionary biology.
- build a strong set of field and analytical hands-on skills related to the study of ecology and evolutionary biology.
- develop focused knowledge at all ecological levels of organization and within an evolutionary framework, and in broad relation to other basic sciences such as biology, chemistry, and mathematics.
- employ the scientific method to address ecological and evolutionary questions, formulate hypotheses, design basic studies, and synthesize and report results.
- examine socio-ecological dynamics and the ethics of humans in ecology and evolutionary biology.
- will communicate effectively (orally and in writing) about issues related to ecology and science, in general.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Our undergraduate degree programs emphasize hands-on research at all levels. Our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in biology, and students are welcomed into their research groups.
Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more. Specific positions in each lab depend on availability and funding.
Learn more about undergraduate research.
Our graduates are prepared for careers in research with government labs and private companies, conservation and restoration, management with state and federal agencies or parks, education and outreach, environmental protection or policy, or further their education by pursuing advanced graduate education.
In addition to the larger Michigan Tech Career Fair, our students attend the Natural Resource Career Fair. It's an event on-campus for students to meet with companies and agencies from the Midwest with internships and full time employment opportunities.