Effective Winter 2015

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major will train biologists interested in the origins and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems with both the fundamental knowledge in these areas and the basic skills of scientific inquiry. The program spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time-scales, and includes studies of genes and genomes, organ systems, individual organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Students learn to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. The major in EEB will prepare students for a variety of career paths including graduate study in biology, public health and medical, dental, and veterinary health professions, conservation and natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, positions in the local, state and federal governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private sector opportunities such as environmental consulting agencies. The minor embraces similar principles but to lesser depth for students who wish to supplement a major in another area with additional biological expertise.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, and 173; or
    BIOLOGY 195 and 173
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or
    PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or
    PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216;
  • Quantitative Analysis 1: One of MATH 115, 156, 175, 185, or 295
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One of
    • MATH 116, 255, 176, 186, or 296
    • STATS 250; 400-level or above
    • BIOPHYS 290 / PHYSICS 290
    • EECS 203 or 280
    • EARTH 468
    • Any other course with a MATH 115 prerequisite chosen in consultation with a major advisor
    [Note: any course used to meet this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective, i.e., a course cannot “double count”.]


Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits, including:

  1. Core courses
    1. Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 & EEB 372* (or BIOLOGY 282); or EEB 381* (elected at UMBS)
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    3. Evolution: EEB 390* or 391
    4. Quantitative Analysis Option or Biochemistry Option (choose one course):
      1. STATS 401, 403, 412, 425;
        EECS 281, 376;
        EEB 408, 430, 490
      2. MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351
      3. A second course from the Quantitative Analysis 2 options above [see prereqs];
        min of 3 credits, courses cannot be double counted.
    5. Capstone Seminar: EEB 410.

    * EEB 381 or EEB 390 taken at UMBS satisfies both the residential field course requirement and the individual course requirements.
  2. Upper-Level Electives (2 courses, minimum 6 credits):
    1. EEB 300-level or above (except EEB 300, 302, 397, or 400); and,
    2. EEB or MCDB 300-level or above (except EEB/MCDB 300, 301, 302, 397, or 400  or MCDB 412)
  3. EEB Course Areas. Courses used here may overlap with courses in the areas below and elsewhere (i.e., one course may satisfy multiple requirements).
    1. Biodiversity: At least one course must have a biodiversity focus.
      • BIOLOGY 207* (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 230* (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252* (4) Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 255* (5) Plant Diversity (Sp)
      • BIOLOGY 256 (4) Animals Functioning in Environments
      • BIOLOGY 288* (4) Animal Diversity
      • EEB 330* (5) Biology of Birds (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 341*(4) Parasitology
      • EEB 420 (3) Plant Evolution
      • EEB 431* (5) Biology of Animal Parasites (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 433* (4) Ornithology
      • EEB 436 (4) Woody Plants I: Biology and Identification
      • EEB 440(3) Biology of Fishes
      • EEB 442* (4-5) Biology of Insects (F–AA / Sp– UMBS)
      • EEB 450* (5) Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
      • EEB 451* (4) Biology of Mammals
      • EEB 453* (5) Field Mammalogy (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 457* (5) Algae of Freshwater Ecosystems

        * also satisfies lab req
    2. Research* or Residential Field Experience:
      1. EEB 300 (3) or 400 (3), or,
      2. Any upper division UMBS course or advisor-approved residential field experience
      3. See more information on Program in Biology undergraduate research: www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/studentresearch
  4. Additional Courses. Additional courses at the 200-level or above (except EEB/MCDB 301 or 302 or MCDB 412) as needed to bring the major total to 30 credit hours; this may include up to two approved cognate courses. Prerequisites and introductory science courses are excluded.
  5. A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB / MCDB 300 / 400), taken in one term, may be used to satisfy the Residential Field Course or Independent Research requirement. Three additional credits of MCDB / EEB 300 / 400 (taken in one term) may be applied under Additional Courses for a maximum of six independent research credits.


  6. Anthropology
    ANTHRBIO 365 Human Evolution
    ANTHRBIO 368 Primate Social Behavior I 

    Any course number CHEM 230 or above. 

    Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 501 Introduction to Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 530 Computer Modeling of Complex Systems 

    Earth and Environmental Sciences 
    EARTH 320 Earth Systems Evolution 
    EARTH 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    EARTH 418 Paleontology 
    EARTH 436 Field Studies in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Sedimentology 
    EARTH 437 Evolution of Vertebrates
    EARTH 438 Evolution of the Primates 

    ENVIRON 310 Toxicology: The Study of Environmental Chemicals and Disease 
    ENVIRON 311 Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands (Also taught at UMBS) 
    ENVIRON 317 Conservation of Biological Diversity 
    ENVIRON 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    ENVIRON 353 Tropical Conservation and Resource Management 
    ENVIRON 411 Fluvial Ecosystems 
    ENVIRON 416 Field Skills in Wildlife Behavior 
    ENVIRON 418 Biology and Management of Insects 
    ENVIRON 419 Agricultural/Forest Pest Management 
    ENVIRON 441 Remote Sensing of Environment
    ENVIRON 457 Plant Physiological Ecology 

  7. Mathematics
    Courses numbered 200 or above. 

  8. Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
    All MCDB courses. 

    Courses approved in advance by an advisor 

  9. Psychology
    PSYCH 338 Primate Social Behavior I
    PSYCH 438 Hormones and Behavior
    PSYCH 530 Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Comparative Psychology 

    STATS 250 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
    STATS 400 Applied Statistical Methods

    College of Engineering
    AOSS 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment
    AOSS 320 Earth Systems Evolution
    BIOMEDE 231 Introduction to Biomechanics
    ENSCEN 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment 

    Medical School
    BIOLCHEM 415
    HUMGEN 541 Gene Structure and Regulation 

    School of Public Health
    EPID 543 Virus Diseases
    EPID 560 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis

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