Sewanee: The University of the South

Major in Ecology and Biodiversity

An interdisciplinary major that integrates coursework in biology, ecology, and evolution with other environmental disciplines.

Eleven courses required:
  • Biol 132: Cellular, Molecular and Physiological Biology or Biol 133: Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biol 210: Ecology
  • Biol 211: Biodiversity: Pattern and Process
  • One capstone class: EnSt 400: Seminar in Environmental Studies or Biol 444A
Three biology classes from Ecology and Biodiversity list:
  • Biol 200: Entomology
  • Biol 201: Ornithology
  • Biol 202: Invertebrate Zoology
  • Biol 206: Plant Ecology
  • Biol 207: Biology of Lower Plants
  • Biol 209: Advanced Conservation Biology
  • Biol 213: Evolutionary Biology
  • Biol 215: Fungi AND Biol 216. Algae and Bryophytes
  • Biol 221: Environmental Physiology of Plants
  • Biol 222: Advanced Conservation Biology
  • Biol 232: Human Health and the Environment
  • Biol 250: Molecular Evolution
  • Biol 309: Ecology and Biodiversity Seminar
  • Biol 310: Plant Evolution and Systematics
  • Biol 311: Behavioral Ecology
  • Biol 313: Ecosystems and Global Change
  • Biol 317: Wildfire in the Southern Appalachians
  • Biol 339: Studio Course in Microbiology
  • Biol 340: Microbiology
  • Biol 350: Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Animals
  • EnSt 220: Reading the Landscape

Students who have completed the Island Ecology summer program may count the program as one course in this list.

Three classes in the study of the environment from a non-scientific perspective:
  • EnSt 200: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Classes in humanities or social science from the Humanities/Social Science list
One class in the scientific study of the environment from a science department other than biology:
  • Chem 101: General Chemistry I
  • Chem 102: General Chemistry II
  • Chem 103: Earth, Air, Water and Fire: An Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • Chem 111: Advanced General Chemistry
  • Fors 121: Introduction to Forestry
  • Geol 121: Physical Geology
  • Phys 101: General Physics I
  • Phys 102: General Physics II
  • Phys 105: Environmental Physics
  • Phys 106: Foundations of Global Warming

Note that many graduate programs in ecology and biodiversity require one or more semesters of physical science (chemistry, geology, and/or physics)

Required for a B.S. (but not for a B.A.) in Ecology and Biodiversity:

Statistics, and three additional Math/Stat/science classes outside Biology, including at least two lab science classes.

Note: The major field is defined as all Biology classes listed above, Biol 130, EnSt 140, EnSt 200, EnSt 217, EnSt 240, EnSt 317, and EnSt 400. Study abroad courses count inside the major field if the majority of the work in the course concerns the scientific study of ecology and biodiversity; study abroad courses will count outside the major field if the majority of the work for the course concerns social science, humanities or other work outside the natural sciences.

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