About the Ecology Minor

Enhance your major with scientific training about the environment.

Each day there are stories in the news about the environment. These may focus on the effects of drought on water supplies, the possible role of climate change on hurricane occurrence and severity, or the role of urbanization in wildlife population declines If you are interested in journalism, politics, or anthropology, then knowledge of the science of ecology will provide an expertise that will distinguish you from others in your field.

The minor in Ecology is a science- based program. The core Ecology course requires some preparation in Biology and Chemistry, and an introductory course in Statistics is also required for the minor. These courses provide strong evidence for employers or post graduate degree programs that you have a firm understanding of ecological issues and are well prepared to apply that knowledge to your field.

We also encourage students to participate in our Study Abroad program. For students that have taken the Introductory Biology, Chemistry and Statistics courses, it is possible to complete the minor in Ecology during the Fall semester in Costa Rica. May and summer semesters provide opportunities for completing Ecology electives in the minor.

How to Apply for the Ecology Minor

If you want to apply your major to the environmental challenges facing the world today, explore the opportunities in the Odum School of Ecology. To make an appointment to discuss the minor in Ecology, contact: Misha Boyd

Course Requirements

Ecology Minor Requirements

Total Hours: 17-19

11 hrs (Required Courses) + 6-8 hrs (Electives)

Required Courses (11 hours)

STAT 2000 or STAT 2100H or STAT 2210 or BIOS 2010 –  Introduction to Statistics or BIOS 2010 Elementary Biostatistics
ECOL (BIOL) 3500 (& 3500L) or ECOL 3505-3505L –  Ecology
ECOL  3530  –  Conservation Biology

Electives (6-8 hours)

At least one 3-4 hour course must be taken from the General Ecology Area.

General 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
ECOL 4950 – Senior Seminar

Natural History

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


Ecological Application

ANTH 4900 – Primate Conservation
ANTH (ECOL) 4290/6290 – Environmental Archaeology
ANTH(PBIO) 4300-4300L – Ethnobotany
ANTH 4070 – Cultural Ecology
ECOL 3700 – Organic Agriculture
ECOL 3700 – Organic Agriculture Practical Applications
ECOL 4160 – Ecology of North America
ECOL(MARS) 4225-4225L – Methods in Marine Ecology
FANR (ECOL) 4810 – Natural Resources Law
FISH (ECOL) 4360 – Fish Ecology
FORS (ECOL) 4760 – Agroforestry in the Caribbean
HORT (ANTH) (PBIO) 3440 – Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants
MARS 3450-3450L – Marine Biology
PBIO 3010 – Fungi, Friends, and Foes
WASR 4400-4400L – Introduction to Wetlands
WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR) 4700L – Hydrology, Geology, and Soils of Georgia
WILD (ECOL) 4575-4575L Conservation Medicine