With global climate change apparently accelerating, an understanding of ecology, ecosystems, and the measures needed to sustain Earth’s life-support systems has become increasingly important. The specialization in Ecology & Conservation Biology is designed for students seeking a greater depth of training in this critical area of contemporary biology.
Advanced electives in biology may be selected from a broad range of courses in:
- Animal behavior
- Behavioral ecology
- Biology of mammals
- Ecosystem ecology
- Forest ecology
- Marine biology
- Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
- Plant biology
- Tropical ecology
- Vertebrate biology
In addition to these core and elective biology courses, students are encouraged to take environmental science and policy courses offered by the Department of Earth & Environment. Qualified students may also participate in Boston University’s semester-long Tropical Ecology Program in Ecuador, other approved off-campus field courses, and/or independent research projects with faculty during the summer or academic year.
This specialization provides students with a sound conceptual framework as well as hands-on experiences in ecology and conservation biology, preparing them for graduate study in the environmental sciences and careers in academia, government, or the private sector.
For a more detailed listing of courses and requirements for this specialization, see the Undergraduate Bulletin. For information on opportunities related to ECB, visit the Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology.
Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles spanning the breadth of biology, with in-depth knowledge of the ecology of natural ecosystems and the measures needed to sustain Earth’s life-support systems.
- Demonstrate expertise in the scientific method, including experimental design, critical assessment of the scientific literature, and an understanding of the principles and best practices for the ethical conduct of research.
- Attain the technical and/or analytical skills required for employment or post-graduate education in biology or biology-related careers, including professional careers and science education.