About the B.S. in Ecology

The Bachelor of Science degree has a strong basic science emphasis and provides training in all levels of ecological study from organismal to population and community and ecosystem ecology. This program prepares students for graduate study in Ecology or allied fields or careers in ecological research, environmental consulting or work with governmental agencies in natural resource management or protection. To be prepared for careers in ecology, students are provided a solid foundation in the fundamental sciences of biology, chemistry, calculus, physics and data analysis.

Areas of Emphasis

B.S. in Ecology: Aquatic Ecology
B.S. in Ecology: Conservation Ecology
B.S. in Ecology: Pre-Health
B.S. in Ecology: Marine Ecology
B.S. in Ecology: Environmental Consulting
B.S. in Ecology: Ecological Education

Course Requirements

View B.S. Major Requirements

Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 – English Composition I
ENGL 1102 – English Composition II
MATH 1113 – Precalculus

Sciences (7-8 hours)

CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L – General Chemistry
BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107L – Principles of Biology I

Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

MATH 2250 – Calculus I

World Languages and Culture, Huaminties and the Arts (12 hours)

No preferred courses for this area

Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts. World Languages and Culture (9 hours)

Social Sciences (9 hours)

Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H. A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.

Major Related Courses (20 hours)

BIOL 1108-1108L – Principles of Biology II
CHEM 1212-1212L  –  General Chemistry II
CHEM 2211-CHEM2211L or CHEM 2311H-CHEM 2311L – Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2212-CHEM 2212L or CHEM 2312H-CHEM 2312L –  OrganicChemistry II or BCMB 3100 – Biochemistry or MATH 2260 –  Calculus II
PHYS 1111-1111L Physics I– Mechanics

Major Requirements (23-25 hours)

ECOL 3400 – Professional Development for Careers in Ecology
ECOL 3500-3500L or ECOL 3505H-3505L – Ecology
ECOL 4000 – Population and Community Ecology or ECOL (BIOL) 4150-4150L – Population Biology of Infectious Disease
ECOL 4010 – Ecosystem Ecologyor ECOL 4310-4310L Freshwater Ecosystems
ECOL 4240-4240L – Physiological Ecology or ECOL 4540 – Behavioral Ecology ECOL 4500 – Evolutionary Ecology or
GENE 3000 – Evolutionary Biology or GENE 3200 – Genetics
ECOL 4950 – Senior Seminar
STAT 2000 –  Introduction to Statistics or BIOS 2010 Elementary Biostatistics

Natural History (3-4 hours)

ANTH(ECOL) 4210–Zooarchaeology
CBIO(PBIO) 4600-4600L –Biology of Protists
ECOL 4050-4050L – Ichthyology
ECOL 4070 -4070L – Invertebrate Biology and Ecology
ENTO 3140-3140L – Insect Natural History
ENTO 4000-4000L – General Entomology
PATH(PBIO) 4200-4200L – Mycology
PBIO 4650-4650L – Plant Taxonomy
WILD 3580-3580L – Vertebrate Natural History
WILD 4040-4040L – Herpetology
WILD 4050-4050L – Ornithology
WILD4050-4050L – Mammalogy

Methods/Skills (3-4 hours)

CRSS(FANR) 3060-3060L – Soils and Hydrology
ECOL 3510 – Ecology Laboratory
ECOL 4130L – Ecological Methodology
ECOL(MARS) 4225-4225L – Methods in Marine Ecology
ECOL 4310-4310L – Freshwater Ecosystems
ECOL 4960 or 4960H*** – Research
FANR 3800-3800L – Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources and Laboratory
GEOG 4370-4370L – Geographic Information Science
STAT 4210 Statistical Methods

Major Electives (9-12 hours)

ANTH 4070 – Cultural Ecology
ANTH(ECOL) 4210 –Zooarchaeology
ANTH(BIOL)(ECOL) 4260-4260L – Natural History Collections Management
ANTH(BIOL)(ECOL)(EETH)(ENTO)(FANR)4261 Natural History Internship ANTH(ECOL) 4290 – Environmental Archaeology
ANTH(PBIO) 4300-4300L – Ethnobotany
BCMB 3100 – Biochemistry
BIOL(WILD) 3700 – Animal Behavior
BIOL 3710L – Animal Behavior Laboratory
BIOL 3720L – Field Animal Behavior
CBIO(PBIO) 4600-4600L – Biology of Protists
CRSS(FANR) 3060-3060L – Soils and Hydrology
CRSS(HORT)(ECOL) 4590 – Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
CRSS(MIBO) 4610-4610L – Soil Microbiology
CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4930 – Agroecology of Tropical America
CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4931 – Agroecology Trop. Am. Field Trip
ECOL 3000-3000L – Introduction to Field Methods
ECOL 3100-3100L – Tropical Field Ecology
ECOL 3220 –Biology & Conservation of Marine Mammals
ECOL 3480 – Special Topics in Ecology
ECOL 3510 –Ecology Laboratory
ECOL 3520 – Ecological Applications
ECOL 3530 – Conservation Biology
ECOL 3880H – Ecosystems of the World
ECOL 3900* or ECOL 3900H* – Directed Reading
ECOL 3910** – Undergraduate Ecology Seminar
ECOL 4050-4050L – Ichthyology
ECOL 4070-4070L – Invertebrate Biology and Ecology
ECOL 4130L – Ecological Methodology
ECOL(BIOL) 4150-4150L – Population Biology of Infectious Disease
ECOL 4160 – Ecology of North America
ECOL(MARS) 4225-4225L – Methods in Marine Ecology
ECOL 4240-4240L – Physiological Ecology
ECOL(FISH)(WASR) 4310-4310L – Freshwater Ecology
ECOL(BIOL)(MARS) 4330-4330L – Tropical Marine Invertebrates
ECOL 4500 – Evolutionary Ecology
ECOL(PBIO) 4520 – Plant-Animal Interactions
ECOL 4540 – Behavioral Ecology
ECOL 4570 – Comparative Biodiversity & Land Conservation
ECOL(PBIO) 4580 –Foundations of Ecology
ECOL 4940 – Internship
ECOL 4960*** or ECOL 4960H*** – Research
ECOL 4990*** or ECOL 4990H*** – Senior Thesis
ENTO 3140-3140L – Insect Natural History
ENTO 4000-4000L –General Entomology
ENTO 4820-4820L – Entomology in Natural Resources Management
ENVM(ECOL)(FANR)(EHSC) 4770H – Business of Environmental Law
FANR 3800-3800L – Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources & Laboratory
FANR (ECOL) 4810 – Natural Resources Law
FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4300-4300L – Environmental Biology of Fishes
FISH 4360 – Fish Ecology
FISH 4550-4550L – Conservation Aquaculture
GENE 3000 – Evolutionary Biology
GENE 3200 – Genetics
GEOG 3110 – Climatology
GEOG(PBIO) 4240 – Plant Geography
GEOG 4350-4350L – Remote Sensing of the Environment GEOG 4370-4370L Geographic Information Science
GEOG 4810 Conservation Ecology and Resource Management GEOL 4010-4010L Life and Ecologies of the Past
GEOL 4520 – Paleoecology
MARS 3450-3450L – Marine Biology
MARS 4100 – Physical Processes of the Ocean
MARS(FISH) 4380-4380L – Marine Fisheries Biology MARS(MIBO) 4620-4620L Microbial Ecology
MARS 4810 – Global Biogeochemical Cycles
MATH 4780 – Mathematical Biology
PATH(PBIO) 4200-4200L – Mycology
PBIO 3010 – Fungi, Friends, and Foes
PBIO 4270 – Flowers
PBIO 4650-4650L – Plant Taxonomy
PHYS 1112-1112L – Physics 2
PHYS 1212-1212L Physics 2
STAT 4210 – Statistical Methods
STAT 4220 – Applied Experimental Methods
STAT 4240 – Sampling and Survey Methods
STAT 4290 – Nonparametric Methods
WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR) 4700L – Hydrology, Geology, and Soils of Georgia WILD 4575-4575L Conservation Medicine
WILD 3580-3580L –Vertebrate Natural History
WILD 4040-4040L – Herpetology
WILD 4050-4050L – Mammalogy
WILD 4060-4060L – Ornithology
* Maximum of 3 credit hours of ECOL 3900 or ECOL 3900H may count towards Major Requirements.
**Maximum of 1 credit hour of ECOL 3910 may count towards Major Requirements.
*** Maximum of 7 credit hours of ECOL 4940, (ECOL 4960 or ECOL 4960H), (ECOL 4990 or ECOL 4990H) in any combination may count towards Major Requirements.