Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Departmental Information

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology embraces education and research on virtually all aspects of biodiversity, including the origins and history of species ranging from bacteria to humans, the processes by which this diversity has evolved, and the ecological context in which this evolution takes place. These basic sciences underlie some of the most important applied sciences in the world today, such as global climate change, sustainable agriculture, the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, invasive and exotic species, conservation biology, natural resource management, and evolution of pesticide and antibiotic resistance.

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists seek to understand the origin and complex interactions of the earth's biodiversity and ecosystems. Our collective focus spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple timescales; including genes, individuals, kin groups, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Studies in ecology and evolution strive to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. Although the methods, background knowledge, and social context for such investigations have changed radically in recent decades, the fundamental questions about life remain, and their relevance to humans has increased. How did we get here? How does nature work? How will our role in nature change in the future?

Introductory Biology Credit Limitation

The maximum amount of credit that can be earned in introductory biology courses is 17 credits. Students interested in concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology must complete BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, and 173, OR BIOLOGY 195 and 173, or equivalent.

EEB Honors Program


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