Ecology & Conservation Biology Bulletin (major guidelines)

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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
  • Evolution
  • Forest ecology
  • Marine biology
  • Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • Ornithology
  • 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.