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Ecology and Evolution Biodiversity Major

Effective Winter 2019

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity may not elect the following majors: Biology; Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and Honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the EEB major or minor should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade.  Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

  1. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174, & BIOLOGY 173; or
  2. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or
  3. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • Quantitative Analysis 1: CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295; and,
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One course from: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296; STATS 180 (AP), 206 (if elected FA20 or later), 250 or 280; STATS 400-level or above (min. 3 credits); BIOLOGY 202; BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 290; EECS 183, 203 or 280; EARTH 468; or other course with a MATH 115 prereq. chosen in consultation with a major advisor. [Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective; i.e., a course cannot "double-count."]

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

EEB Major Core:

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 and EEB 372 *or* EEB 381 (at UMBS)
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392
  • Biochemistry or Quantitative Analysis 3 (min. 3 credits): Choose from: MCDB 310; BIOLCHEM 415; CHEM 351; STATS 401, 403, 412, or 425; EECS 281 or 376; EEB 408, 430, 480, or 490; or a second (non-AP) course at the 200-level or above from the QA2 options above.
  • EEB capstone: EEB 410

Upper-Level Electives for EEB:
(2 courses, minimum 6 credits)

  • EEB 300-level or above
    • EEB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • EEB or MCDB 300-level or above
    • EEB/MCDB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, MCDB 360 (if elected FA19 or later), 412 (if elected WN20 or later), 460 (if elected FA19 or later), 461 (if elected FA19 or later), and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.

EEB Requirements:
(these may overlap with the Major Core or Electives):

  • Biodiversity Focus (BD) [at least one]: BIOLOGY 207, 230, 252, 255, 256, 288; EEB 330, 341, 380 (F17), 420, 431, 433, 436, 440, 442, 443, 450, 451, 453, 457, 468, 470, 486, 556
  • Field or Research Experience (FR) [at least one]: EEB 300*, 321, 330, 348, 381, 392, 400*, 405, 431, 443, 453, 455, 457, 482, 493, 556
    *EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill the FR requirement.  (6 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 299, EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • A maximum of two approved cognate courses may be used as additional courses: ANTHRBIO 365, 368, 461, BIOLCHEM 415*; BIOMEDE 231; BIOPHYS 290; CHEM 230 and above*; CLIMATE 320; CMPLXSYS 501, 530; EARTH 320, 418, 436, 437, 450, 453; ENVIRON 310, 317, 450, 453, 461; EPID 543, 560; HUMGEN 541; MATH 200 and above*; MICRBIOL 405, 415, 460; PHYSICS 290 ; PSYCH 337, 338; SPACE 320; STATS 206 (if elected FA20 or later), 250*, 280*, 401

(*Courses used as prerequisites or core options may not double-count as additional courses.)

 

Constraints

  • A maximum of six credits of independent research (BIOLOGY 200, EEB/MCDB 300/400) may be counted toward the major.
  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    1. reported in an honors thesis and
    2. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity (EEB) (Major) (Winter 2017 - Fall 2018)

Effective Winter 2017

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity may not elect the following majors: Biology, Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and Honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the EEB major or minor should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade.  Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

  1. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174, & 173; or,
  2. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • Quantitative Analysis 1: CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295; and,
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One course from: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296; STATS 180, 206 (if elected FA20 or later), 250 or 280; STATS 400-level or above (min. 3 credits); BIOLOGY 202; BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 290; EECS 183 (W18), 203 or 280; EARTH 468; or other course with a MATH 115 prereq. chosen in consultation with a major advisor. [Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective; i.e., a course cannot "double-count."]

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

EEB Major Core:

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 and EEB 372 *or* EEB 381 (at UMBS)
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392
  • Biochemistry or Quantitative Analysis 3 (min. 3 credits): Choose from: MCDB 310; BIOLCHEM 415; CHEM 351; STATS 401, 403, 412, or 425; EECS 281 or 376; EEB 408, 430, or 490; or a second (non-AP) course at the 200-level or above from the QA2 options above.
  • EEB capstone: EEB 410

Upper-Level Electives for EEB:
(2 courses, minimum 6 credits)

  • EEB 300-level or above
    • EEB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • EEB or MCDB 300-level or above
    • EEB/MCDB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, MCDB 360 (if elected FA19 or later), 412 (if elected WN20 or later), 460 (if elected FA19 or later), 461 (if elected FA19 or later), and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.

EEB Requirements:
(these may overlap with the Major Core or Electives):

  • Biodiversity Focus (BD) [at least one]: BIOLOGY 207, 230, 252, 255, 256, 288; EEB 330, 341, 380 (F17), 420, 431, 433, 436, 440, 442, 443, 450, 451, 453, 457, 459, 463, 468, 470, 486, 556
  • Field or Research Experience (FR) [at least one]: EEB 300*, 321, 330, 348, 381, 392, 400*, 405, 431, 443, 453, 455, 457, 482, 493, 556
    *EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill the FR requirement.  (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • A maximum of two approved cognate courses may be used as additional courses: ANTHRBIO 365, 368, BIOLCHEM 415*; BIOMEDE 231; CHEM 230 and above*; CLIMATE 320; CMPLXSYS 501, 530; EARTH 320, 418, 436, 437, 438, 450, 453; EHS 311; ENSCEN 304; ENVIRON 310, 317, 450, 453; EPID 543, 560; HUMGEN 541; MATH 200 and above*; MICRBIOL 405; PHYSICS as approved*; PSYCH 332, 337, 338, 530; SPACE 320; STATS 206 (if elected FA20 or later), 250*, 280*, 400*(*Courses used as prerequisites or core options may not double-count as additional courses.)

 

Constraints

  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (BIOLOGY 200, EEB/MCDB 300, or EEB/MCDB 400) may be counted toward the minor.
  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    1. reported in an honors thesis and
    2. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Major) (Fall 2016)

Effective Fall 2016

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and Honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the EEB major or minor should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

  1. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174, & 173; or,
  2. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
    CHEM 215 & 216

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • Quantitative Analysis 1: CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295; and,
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One course from: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296; STATS 180, 206 (if elected FA20 or later), 250 or 280; STATS 400-level or above (min. 3 credits); BIOLOGY 202; BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 290; EECS 203 or 280; EARTH 468; or other course with a MATH 115 prereq. chosen in consultation with a major advisor. [Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective; i.e., a course cannot "double-count."]

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161. PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261. PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

EEB Major Core:

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 and EEB 372 *or* EEB 381 (at UMBS)
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392
  • Biochemistry or Quantitative Analysis 3 (min. 3 credits): Choose from MCDB 310; BIOLCHEM 415; CHEM 351; STATS 401, 403, 412, or 425; EECS 281 or 376; EEB 408, 430, or 490; or a second course from the QA2 options above.
  • EEB capstone: EEB 410

Upper-Level Electives for EEB:
(2 courses, minimum 6 credits)

  • EEB 300-level or above
    • EEB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • EEB or MCDB 300-level or above
    • EEB/MCDB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, MCDB 360 (if elected FA19 or later), 412 (if elected WN20 or later), 460 (if elected FA19 or later), 461 (if elected FA19 or later), and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.

EEB Requirements:
(these may overlap with the Major Core or Electives):

  • Biodiversity Focus (BD) [at least one]: BIOLOGY 207, 230, 252, 255, 256, 288; EEB 330, 341, 420, 431, 433, 436, 440, 442, 443, 450, 451, 453, 457, 459, 463, 468, 470, 486, 556
  • Field or Research Experience (FR) [at least one]: EEB 300*, 321, 330, 348, 381, 392, 400*, 405, 431, 443, 453, 455, 457, 482, 493, 556
    *EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill the FR requirement.  (6 credits max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • A maximum of two approved cognate courses may be used as additional courses: ANTHRBIO 365, 368; ANTHRBIO/ENVIRON 461; BIOLCHEM 415*; BIOMEDE 231; CHEM 230 and above*; CLIMATE 320; CMPLXSYS 501, 530; EARTH 320, 418, 436, 437, 450, 453; ENVIRON 310, 317, 450, 453; EPID 543, 560; HUMGEN 541; MATH 200 and above*; MICRBIOL 405, 415; MICRBIOL/INTMED 460; PHYSICS/BIOPHYS 290; PSYCH 337, 338; SPACE 320; STATS 206 (if elected FA20 or later), 250*, 280*, 401 (*Courses used as prerequisites or core options may not double-count as additional courses.)

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.
  • A maximum of six credits of independent research (BIOLOGY 200, EEB/MCDB 300/400) may be counted toward the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
  3. reported in an honors thesis and
  4. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major (Winter 2016)

Effective Winter 2016

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) major provides a comprehensive foundation in the biological sciences, places an emphasis on undergraduate research experience, and provides an integrated perspective on the origins and complex interactions of the earth's biodiversity and ecosystems.  It focuses on numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time scales, including studies of genes and genomes, individual organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems.  The major is highly suitable for students who wish to pursue career pathways in a wide variety of disciplines.  These include graduate studies in the biological, public health and medical, dental, and veterinary professions, conservation and natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, positions in the local, state and federal governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private sector opportunities such as environmental consulting agencies.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and Honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the EEB major or minor should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major. To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/.

Prerequisites to the Major

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:
A. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174, & 173; or,
B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • Quantitative Analysis 1: CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295; and,
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One course from: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296; STATS 250 or 280; STATS 400-level or above (min. 3 credits); BIOLOGY 202; BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 290; EECS 203 or 280; EARTH 468; or other course with a MATH 115 prereq. chosen in consultation with a major advisor. [Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective; i.e., a course cannot "double-count."]

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261. PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements for the Major

EEB Major Core:

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 and EEB 372 *or* EEB 381 (at UMBS)
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392
  • Biochemistry or Quantitative Analysis 3 (min. 3 credits): Choose from MCDB 310; BIOLCHEM 415; CHEM 351; STATS 401, 403, 412, or 425; EECS 281 or 376; EEB 408, 430, or 490; or a second course from the QA2 options above.
  • EEB capstone: EEB 410

Upper-Level Electives for EEB:

(2 courses, minimum 6 credits)

  • EEB 300-level or above
    • EEB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • EEB or MCDB 300-level or above
    • EEB/MCDB 300/400, 301, 302, 397, 399, 499, 800, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.

EEB Requirements:

(these may overlap with the Major Core or Electives):

  • Biodiversity Focus (BD) [at least one]: BIOLOGY 207, 230, 252, 255, 256, 288; EEB 330, 341, 420, 431, 433, 436, 440, 442, 443, 450, 451, 453, 457, 459, 463, 468, 470, 486, 556
  • Field or Research Experience (FR) [at least one]: EEB 300*, 321, 330, 348, 381, 392, 400*, 405, 431, 443, 453, 455, 457, 482, 493, 556
    *EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill the FR requirement.  (6 credits max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 241, EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • A maximum of two approved cognate courses may be used as additional courses: ANTHRBIO 365, 368, BIOLCHEM 415*; BIOMEDE 231; CHEM 230 and above*; CLIMATE 320; CMPLXSYS 501, 530; EARTH 320, 418, 436, 437, 438, 450, 453; EHS 311; ENSCEN 304; ENVIRON 310, 317, 450, 453; EPID 543, 560; HUMGEN 541; MATH 200 and above*; PHYSICS as approved*; PSYCH 332, 337, 338, 530; SPACE 320; STATS 250*, 280*, 400* (*Courses used as prerequisites or core options may not double-count as additional courses.)

CONSTRAINTS:

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.
  • A maximum of six credits of independent research (BIOLOGY 200, EEB/MCDB 300/400) may be counted toward the major.

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
  3. reported in an honors thesis and
  4. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major (Fall 2015)

Effective Fall 2015

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major will train biologists interested in the origins and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems with both the fundamental knowledge in these areas and the basic skills of scientific inquiry. The program spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time-scales, and includes studies of genes and genomes, organ systems, individual organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Students learn to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. The major in EEB will prepare students for a variety of career paths including graduate study in biology, public health and medical, dental, and veterinary health professions, conservation and natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, positions in the local, state and federal governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private sector opportunities such as environmental consulting agencies. The minor embraces similar principles but to lesser depth for students who wish to supplement a major in another area with additional biological expertise.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, and 173; or
    BIOLOGY 195 and 173
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or
    PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or
    PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216;
  • Quantitative Analysis 1: One of MATH 115, 120, 156, 175, 185, or 295
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One of
    • MATH 116, 121, 255, 176, 186, or 296
    • STATS 250; 400-level or above
    • BIOPHYS 290 / PHYSICS 290
    • EECS 203 or 280
    • EARTH 468
    • Any other course with a MATH 115 prerequisite chosen in consultation with a major advisor
    [Note: any course used to meet this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective,i.e., a course cannot “double count”.]

 

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits, including:

  1. Core courses
    1. Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 & EEB 372* (or BIOLOGY 282); or EEB 381* (elected at UMBS)
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    3. Evolution: EEB 390* or 391;  or EEB 392* (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    4. Quantitative Analysis Option or Biochemistry Option (choose one course):
      1. STATS 401, 403, 412, 425;
        EECS 281, 376;
        EEB 408, 430, 490
      2. MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351
      3. A second course from the Quantitative Analysis 2 options above [see prereqs];
        min of 3 credits, courses cannot be double counted.
    5. Capstone Seminar: EEB 410.

    * EEB 381 or EEB 390 taken at UMBS satisfies both the residential field course requirement and the individual course requirements.
  2. Upper-Level Electives (2 courses, minimum 6 credits):
    1. EEB 300-level or above 
    2. EEB or MCDB 300-level or above 
  1. Exclusions:  EEB/MCDB 300, 301 (effective Winter 2015; effective Fall 2015 retroactive to Fall 2008), 302, 397, 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),  400, 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),  or MCDB 412)

  1. EEB Course Areas. Courses used here may overlap with courses in the areas below and elsewhere (i.e., one course may satisfy multiple requirements).
    1. Biodiversity: At least one course must have a biodiversity focus.
      • BIOLOGY 207* (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 230* (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252* (4) Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 255* (5) Plant Diversity (Sp)
      • BIOLOGY 256 (4) Animals Functioning in Environments
      • BIOLOGY 288* (4) Animal Diversity
      • EEB 330* (5) Biology of Birds (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 341*(4) Parasitology
      • EEB 420 (3) Plant Evolution
      • EEB 431* (5) Biology of Animal Parasites (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 433* (4) Ornithology
      • EEB 436 (4) Woody Plants I: Biology and Identification
      • EEB 440 (3) Biology of Fishes
      • EEB 443* Biology of Insects (UMBS) [Effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • EEB 442* (4-5) Biology of Insects (F–AA / Sp– UMBS)
      • EEB 450* (5) Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
      • EEB 451* (4) Biology of Mammals
      • EEB 453* (5) Field Mammalogy (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 457* (5) Algae of Freshwater Ecosystems

        * also satisfies lab req
    2. Research* or Residential Field Experience:
      1. EEB 300 (3) or 400 (3), or,
      2. Any upper division UMBS course or advisor-approved residential field experience
    3. A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB / MCDB 300 / 400), taken in one term, may be used to satisfy the Residential Field Course or Independent Research requirement.
      See more information on Program in Biology undergraduate research:www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/studentresearch
  2. Additional Courses (Electives and Cognates). Additional courses at the 200-level or above as needed to bring the major total to 30 credits.

    This may include up to two approved cognate courses (see list below).
  3. Three additional credits of MCDB 300 or EEB 300 or EEB 400 or MCDB 400 (taken in one term), may be applied under Additional Courses for a maximum of six independent research credits.

    Excluded:

    • Prerequisites and introductory science courses
    • EEB 302
    • MCDB 302
    • MCDB 412
  4.  
  5. COGNATE OPTIONS:

  6. Anthropology
    ANTHRBIO 365 Human Evolution
    ANTHRBIO 368 Primate Social Behavior I 

    Chemistry
    Any course number CHEM 230 or above.

    Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 501 Introduction to Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 530 Computer Modeling of Complex Systems 

    Earth and Environmental Sciences 
    EARTH 320 Earth Systems Evolution 
    EARTH 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    EARTH 418 Paleontology 
    EARTH 436 Field Studies in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Sedimentology 
    EARTH 437 Evolution of Vertebrates
    EARTH 438 Evolution of the Primates 

    Environment 
    ENVIRON 310 Toxicology: The Study of Environmental Chemicals and Disease 
    ENVIRON 311 Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands (Also taught at UMBS) 
    ENVIRON 317 Conservation of Biological Diversity 
    ENVIRON 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    ENVIRON 353 Tropical Conservation and Resource Management 
    ENVIRON 411 Fluvial Ecosystems 
    ENVIRON 416 Field Skills in Wildlife Behavior 
    ENVIRON 418 Biology and Management of Insects 
    ENVIRON 419 Agricultural/Forest Pest Management 
    ENVIRON 441 Remote Sensing of Environment
    ENVIRON 457 Plant Physiological Ecology 

  7. Mathematics
    Courses numbered 200 or above. 

  8. Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
    All MCDB courses.

    Physics 
    Courses approved in advance by an advisor 

  9. Psychology
    PSYCH 338 Primate Social Behavior I
    PSYCH 438 Hormones and Behavior
    PSYCH 530 Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Comparative Psychology 

    Statistics
    STATS 250 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
    STATS 400 Applied Statistical Methods

    College of Engineering
    AOSS 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment
    AOSS 320 Earth Systems Evolution
    BIOMEDE 231 Introduction to Biomechanics
    ENSCEN 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment 

    Medical School
    BIOLCHEM 415
    HUMGEN 541 Gene Structure and Regulation 

    School of Public Health
    EPID 543 Virus Diseases
    EPID 560 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major (Winter 2015-Summer 2015)

Effective Winter 2015-Summer 2015

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major will train biologists interested in the origins and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems with both the fundamental knowledge in these areas and the basic skills of scientific inquiry. The program spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time-scales, and includes studies of genes and genomes, organ systems, individual organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Students learn to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. The major in EEB will prepare students for a variety of career paths including graduate study in biology, public health and medical, dental, and veterinary health professions, conservation and natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, positions in the local, state and federal governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private sector opportunities such as environmental consulting agencies. The minor embraces similar principles but to lesser depth for students who wish to supplement a major in another area with additional biological expertise.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, and 173; or
    BIOLOGY 195 and 173
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or
    PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or
    PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216;
  • Quantitative Analysis 1: One of MATH 115, 120, 156, 175, 185, or 295
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One of
    • MATH 116, 121, 255, 176, 186, or 296
    • STATS 250; 400-level or above
    • BIOPHYS 290 / PHYSICS 290
    • EECS 203 or 280
    • EARTH 468
    • Any other course with a MATH 115 prerequisite chosen in consultation with a major advisor
    [Note: any course used to meet this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective,i.e., a course cannot “double count”.]

 

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits, including:

  1. Core courses
    1. Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 & EEB 372* (or BIOLOGY 282); or EEB 381* (elected at UMBS)
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    3. Evolution: EEB 390* or 391;  or EEB 392* (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    4. Quantitative Analysis Option or Biochemistry Option (choose one course):
      1. STATS 401, 403, 412, 425;
        EECS 281, 376;
        EEB 408, 430, 490
      2. MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351
      3. A second course from the Quantitative Analysis 2 options above [see prereqs];
        min of 3 credits, courses cannot be double counted.
    5. Capstone Seminar: EEB 410.

    * EEB 381 or EEB 390 taken at UMBS satisfies both the residential field course requirement and the individual course requirements.
  2. Upper-Level Electives (2 courses, minimum 6 credits):
    1. EEB 300-level or above [except EEB 300, 301  (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 302, 397, 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 400, 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)]; and,
    2. EEB or MCDB 300-level or above [except EEB/MCDB 300, 301 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 302, 397, 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),   400, 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008),  or MCDB 412]
  3. EEB Course Areas. Courses used here may overlap with courses in the areas below and elsewhere (i.e., one course may satisfy multiple requirements).
    1. Biodiversity: At least one course must have a biodiversity focus.
      • BIOLOGY 207* (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 230* (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252* (4) Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 255* (5) Plant Diversity (Sp)
      • BIOLOGY 256 (4) Animals Functioning in Environments
      • BIOLOGY 288* (4) Animal Diversity
      • EEB 330* (5) Biology of Birds (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 341*(4) Parasitology
      • EEB 420 (3) Plant Evolution
      • EEB 431* (5) Biology of Animal Parasites (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 433* (4) Ornithology
      • EEB 436 (4) Woody Plants I: Biology and Identification
      • EEB 440 (3) Biology of Fishes
      • EEB 442* (4-5) Biology of Insects (F–AA / Sp– UMBS)
      • EEB 443* Biology of Insects (UMBS) [Effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • EEB 450* (5) Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
      • EEB 451* (4) Biology of Mammals
      • EEB 453* (5) Field Mammalogy (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 457* (5) Algae of Freshwater Ecosystems

        * also satisfies lab req
    2. Research* or Residential Field Experience:
      1. EEB 300 (3) or 400 (3), or,
      2. Any upper division UMBS course or advisor-approved residential field experience
    3. A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB / MCDB 300 / 400), taken in one term, may be used to satisfy the Residential Field Course or Independent Research requirement.
      See more information on Program in Biology undergraduate research:www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/studentresearch
  4. Additional Courses (Electives and Cognates). Additional courses at the 200-level or above as needed to bring the major total to 30 credits.

    This may include up to two approved cognate courses (see list below).
  5. Three additional credits of MCDB 300 or EEB 300 or EEB 400 or MCDB 400 (taken in one term), may be applied under Additional Courses for a maximum of six independent research credits.

    Excluded:

    • Prerequisites and introductory science courses
    • EEB 302
    • MCDB 302
    • MCDB 412
  6.  
  7. COGNATE OPTIONS:

  8. Anthropology
    ANTHRBIO 365 Human Evolution
    ANTHRBIO 368 Primate Social Behavior I 

    Chemistry
    Any course number CHEM 230 or above. 

    Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 501 Introduction to Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 530 Computer Modeling of Complex Systems 

    Earth and Environmental Sciences 
    EARTH 320 Earth Systems Evolution 
    EARTH 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    EARTH 418 Paleontology 
    EARTH 436 Field Studies in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Sedimentology 
    EARTH 437 Evolution of Vertebrates
    EARTH 438 Evolution of the Primates 

    Environment 
    ENVIRON 310 Toxicology: The Study of Environmental Chemicals and Disease 
    ENVIRON 311 Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands (Also taught at UMBS) 
    ENVIRON 317 Conservation of Biological Diversity 
    ENVIRON 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    ENVIRON 353 Tropical Conservation and Resource Management 
    ENVIRON 411 Fluvial Ecosystems 
    ENVIRON 416 Field Skills in Wildlife Behavior 
    ENVIRON 418 Biology and Management of Insects 
    ENVIRON 419 Agricultural/Forest Pest Management 
    ENVIRON 441 Remote Sensing of Environment
    ENVIRON 457 Plant Physiological Ecology 

  9. Mathematics
    Courses numbered 200 or above. 

  10. Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
    All MCDB courses. 

    Physics 
    Courses approved in advance by an advisor 

  11. Psychology
    PSYCH 338 Primate Social Behavior I
    PSYCH 438 Hormones and Behavior
    PSYCH 530 Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Comparative Psychology 

    Statistics
    STATS 250 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
    STATS 400 Applied Statistical Methods

    College of Engineering
    AOSS 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment
    AOSS 320 Earth Systems Evolution
    BIOMEDE 231 Introduction to Biomechanics
    ENSCEN 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment 

    Medical School
    BIOLCHEM 415
    HUMGEN 541 Gene Structure and Regulation 

    School of Public Health
    EPID 543 Virus Diseases
    EPID 560 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major (Winter 2014-Fall 2014)

Effective Winter 2014-Fall 2014

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major will train biologists interested in the origins and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems with both the fundamental knowledge in these areas and the basic skills of scientific inquiry. The program spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time-scales, and includes studies of genes and genomes, organ systems, individual organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Students learn to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. The major in EEB will prepare students for a variety of career paths including graduate study in biology, public health and medical, dental, and veterinary health professions, conservation and natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, positions in the local, state and federal governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private sector opportunities such as environmental consulting agencies. The minor embraces similar principles but to lesser depth for students who wish to supplement a major in another area with additional biological expertise.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  • CHEM 210/211 and CHEM 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.
  • Under exceptional circumstances, students may petition the Associate Chair of Curriculum to substitute other courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics for a prerequisite.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits, including:

  1. Core courses
    1. Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 & EEB 372* (or BIOLOGY 282); or EEB 381* (elected at UMBS)
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    3. Evolution: EEB 390* or 391;  or EEB 392* (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    4. Statistics or Biochemistry (choose one course):
      1. STATS 250, or
      2. One of the following: MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351
    5. Capstone Seminar: EEB 410.

    * EEB 381 or EEB 390 taken at UMBS satisfies both the residential field course requirement and the individual course requirements.
  2. Upper-Level Electives (2 courses, minimum 6 credits):
    1. EEB 300-level or above
      {except EEB 300, 301 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 302, 397, 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008) 400, 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)}

      and
    2. EEB or MCDB 300-level or above
      {except EEB/MCDB [300, 301 (effective Winter 2015; effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 302, 397, 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 400, or 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)] or MCDB 412}
  3. EEB Course Areas. Courses used here may overlap with courses in the areas below and elsewhere (i.e., one course may satisfy multiple requirements).
    1. Biodiversity: At least one course must have a biodiversity focus.
      • BIOLOGY 207* (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 230* (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252* (4) Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 255* (5) Plant Diversity (Sp)
      • BIOLOGY 256 (4) Animals Functioning in Environments
      • BIOLOGY 288* (4) Animal Diversity
      • EEB 330* (5) Biology of Birds (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 341*(4) Parasitology
      • EEB 420 (3) Plant Evolution
      • EEB 431* (5) Biology of Animal Parasites (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 433* (4) Ornithology
      • EEB 436 (4) Woody Plants I: Biology and Identification
      • EEB 440 (3) Biology of Fishes
      • EEB 442* (4-5) Biology of Insects (F–AA / Sp– UMBS)
      • EEB 443* Biology of Insects (UMBS) [Effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • EEB 450* (5) Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
      • EEB 451* (4) Biology of Mammals
      • EEB 453* (5) Field Mammalogy (Su–UMBS)
      • EEB 457* (5) Algae of Freshwater Ecosystems
      • * also satisfies lab req
    2. Lab: At least one course must include a lab
      [Note: EEB 372 cannot overlap with this requirement].
      (Note: A course taken at the U-M BioStation counts as a laboratory class.)
      :
      • BIOLOGY 207 (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 226 (2) Animal Physiol. Laboratory
      • BIOLOGY 230 (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252 (4) Chordate Anatomy and Phylogeny
      • BIOLOGY 255 (4) Plant Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 288 (4) Introduction to Animal Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 482 (5) Limnology (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 300 (3) Undergraduate Research
      • EEB 320 (4) Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands (Su at UMBS: 5 cr.)
      • EEB 321 / ENVIRON 331 Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands: Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems (UMBS) [effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • EEB 330 (5) Biology of Birds (Sp at UMBS)
      • EEB 341 (4) Parasitology
      • EEB 348 (5) Forest Ecosystems (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 381 (5) General Ecology (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 392 Evolution (UMBS) [effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • EEB 400 (3) Advanced Research
      • EEB 405 (5) Biological Station Special Topics (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 431 (5) Ecology of Animal Parasites (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 433 (4) Ornithology
      • EEB 436 (4) Woody Plants
      • EEB 437 (5) Biology of Invertebrates
      • EEB 441 (1) Biology of Fishes Laboratory
      • EEB 442 (4) Biology of Insects (Su at UMBS: 5 cr.)
      • EEB 443 Biology of Insects (UMBS) [effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • EEB 450 (5) Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
      • EEB 451 (4) Biology of Mammals
      • EEB 453 (5) Field Mammalogy (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 455 (5) Ethnobotany (Sp at UMBS)
      • EEB 457 (5) Algae in Freshwater Ecosystems (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 459 (4) Systematic Botany
      • EEB 463 (3) Neotropical Plant Families
      • EEB 468 (4) Biology of Fungi
      • EEB 474 (5) Wetlands Ecology (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 477 (5) Laboratory in Field Ecology
      • EEB 483 (3) Limnology: Freshwater Ecology
      • EEB 484 (3) Limnology Laboratory
      • EEB 486 (5) Biology and Ecology of Fishes (Su at UMBS)
      • EEB 489 (3) Soil Ecology
      • EEB 493 Behavioral Ecology (UMBS) [effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • EEB 496 (3) Applied Population Ecology
      • EEB 532 (3) Birds of the World
      • EEB 556 (5) Field Botany of Northern Michigan (Su at UMBS)
      • ENVIRON 331 / EEB 321 Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands: Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems (UMBS) [effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008]
      • MCDB 300 (3) Undergraduate Research
      • MCDB 306 (3) Intro. Genetics Laboratory)
      • MCDB 308 (3) Develop. Biology Laboratory
      • MCDB 400 (3) Advanced Research
      • MCDB 413 (3) Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory
      • MCDB 419 (3) Endocrinology Laboratory
      • MCDB 423 (3) Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
      • MCDB 429 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
    3. Research* or Residential Field Experience:
      1. EEB 300 (3) or 400 (3), or,
      2. Any upper division UMBS course or advisor-approved residential field experience
      3. See more information on Program in Biology undergraduate research:www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/studentresearch
  4. Additional Courses. Additional courses at the 200-level or above as needed to bring the major total to 30 credits ; this may include up to two approved cognate courses.

    Excluded:

    • EEB 301 (effective Winter 2015)
    • EEB 302
    • MCDB 301 (effective Winter 2015)
    • MCDB 302
    • MCDB 412
  5.  
  6. COGNATE OPTIONS:

  7. Anthropology
    ANTHRBIO 365 Human Evolution
    ANTHRBIO 368 Primate Social Behavior I 

    Chemistry
    Any course number CHEM 230 or above. 

    Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 501 Introduction to Complex Systems
    CMPLXSYS 530 Computer Modeling of Complex Systems 

    Earth and Environmental Sciences 
    EARTH 320 Earth Systems Evolution 
    EARTH 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    EARTH 418 Paleontology 
    EARTH 436 Field Studies in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Sedimentology 
    EARTH 437 Evolution of Vertebrates
    EARTH 438 Evolution of the Primates 

    Environment 
    ENVIRON 310 Toxicology: The Study of Environmental Chemicals and Disease 
    ENVIRON 311 Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands (Also taught at UMBS) 
    ENVIRON 317 Conservation of Biological Diversity 
    ENVIRON 341 Environmental Science in the Rockies 
    ENVIRON 353 Tropical Conservation and Resource Management 
    ENVIRON 411 Fluvial Ecosystems 
    ENVIRON 416 Field Skills in Wildlife Behavior 
    ENVIRON 418 Biology and Management of Insects 
    ENVIRON 419 Agricultural/Forest Pest Management 
    ENVIRON 441 Remote Sensing of Environment
    ENVIRON 457 Plant Physiological Ecology 

  8. Mathematics
    Courses numbered 200 or above. 

  9. Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
    All MCDB courses. 

    Physics 
    Courses approved in advance by an advisor 

  10. Psychology
    PSYCH 338 Primate Social Behavior I
    PSYCH 438 Hormones and Behavior
    PSYCH 530 Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Comparative Psychology 

    Statistics
    STATS 250 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
    STATS 400 Applied Statistical Methods

    College of Engineering
    AOSS 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment
    AOSS 320 Earth Systems Evolution
    BIOMEDE 231 Introduction to Biomechanics
    ENSCEN 304 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Environment 

    Medical School
    BIOLCHEM 415
    HUMGEN 541 Gene Structure and Regulation 

    School of Public Health
    EPID 543 Virus Diseases
    EPID 560 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis

 


A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB/MCDB 300/400), taken in one term, may be used to satisfy the Residential Field Course or Independent Research requirement.Three additional credits of MCDB/EEB 300/400 (taken in one term) may be applied under Additional Courses for a maximum of six independent research credits.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major (Fall 2013)

Fall 2013

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major will train biologists interested in the origins and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems with both the fundamental knowledge in these areas and the basic skills of scientific inquiry. The program spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time-scales, and includes studies of genes and genomes, organ systems, individual organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Students learn to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. The major in EEB will prepare students for a variety of career paths including graduate study in biology, public health and medical, dental, and veterinary health professions, conservation and natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, positions in the local, state and federal governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private sector opportunities such as environmental consulting agencies. The minor embraces similar principles but to lesser depth for students who wish to supplement a major in another area with additional biological expertise.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  • CHEM 210/211 and CHEM 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Under exceptional circumstances, students may petition the Associate Chair of Curriculum to substitute other courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics for a prerequisite.

Requirements for the Major

 A minimum of 30 credits (Students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162 must complete 32 credits), including:

  1. Core courses
    1. Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 & EEB 372* (or BIOLOGY 282); or EEB 381* (elected at UMBS)
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    3. Evolution: EEB 390* or 391;  or EEB 392* (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    4. Statistics or Biochemistry (students should consult with an EEB advisor prior to choosing and the other option may be taken as an elective):
      1. STATS 250 (or 350); or
      2. One of the following: MCDB 310, or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351

*   EEB 381 or EEB 390 taken at UMBS satisfies both the residential field course requirement and the individual course requirements.

  1. Capstone Seminar: EEB 410.
  2. Research Experience or Residential Field Course.
    1. EEB 300 or 400, or
    2. Any upper division UMBS course.
    It is possible to receive EEB 300/400 credit for research done under the direction of a faculty member in another unit of the University, as long as an EEB faculty member agrees to serve, in advance, as a co-sponsor. Approval in advance by an EEB advisory is required to obtain credit for residential field courses (minimum duration of three weeks) taken at non-UM academic institutions. If a student elects EEB 300 or 400 to meet the laboratory requirement, they must complete 3 credits in one term to satisfy the requirement.
  3. Additional Major Courses (Electives): 9-12 credits of courses at the 200-level or above chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the department advisor. These courses should be tailored to the student's individual interests and should promote interdisciplinary approaches among EEB areas and other natural sciences:
    • At least one course must be from EEB offerings
    • At least one course must have a biodiversity focus
    • At least one course must include a lab
    • At least two courses must be at the 300-level or above (one must be an EEB course)
  4. A maximum of three credits of any independent study course may count toward theAdditional Major Courses (in addition to those used to meet the Research Experiencerequirement, i.e., there is a maximum allowable total of six independent research credits). 

  • Excluded:

    • EEB 302
    • MCDB 302
    • MCDB 412

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major (Winter 2012-Summer 2013)

Effective Winter 2012  (course list updates)-Summer  2013

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major will train biologists interested in the origins and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems with both the fundamental knowledge in these areas and the basic skills of scientific inquiry. The program spans numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time-scales, and includes studies of genes and genomes, organ systems, individual organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Students learn to synthesize how these levels of organization are related to one another and what processes govern their interactions. The major in EEB will prepare students for a variety of career paths including graduate study in biology, public health and medical, dental, and veterinary health professions, conservation and natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, positions in the local, state and federal governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and private sector opportunities such as environmental consulting agencies. The minor embraces similar principles but to lesser depth for students who wish to supplement a major in another area with additional biological expertise.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  • CHEM 210/211 and CHEM 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Under exceptional circumstances, students may petition the Associate Chair of Curriculum to substitute other courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics for a prerequisite.

Requirements for the Major

 A minimum of 30 credits (Students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162 must complete 32 credits), including:

  1. Core courses
    1. Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 & EEB 372* (or BIOLOGY 282); or EEB 381* (elected at UMBS)
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    3. Evolution: EEB 390*;  or EEB 392* (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    4. Statistics or Biochemistry (students should consult with an EEB advisor prior to choosing and the other option may be taken as an elective):
      1. STATS 250 (or 350); or
      2. One of the following: MCDB 310, or BIOLCHEM 415

*   EEB 381 or EEB 390 taken at UMBS satisfies both the residential field course requirement and the individual course requirements.

  1. Capstone Seminar: EEB 410.
  2. Research Experience or Residential Field Course.
    1. EEB 300 or 400, or
    2. Any upper division UMBS course.
    It is possible to receive EEB 300/400 credit for research done under the direction of a faculty member in another unit of the University, as long as an EEB faculty member agrees to serve, in advance, as a co-sponsor. Approval in advance by an EEB advisory is required to obtain credit for residential field courses (minimum duration of three weeks) taken at non-UM academic institutions. If a student elects EEB 300 or 400 to meet the laboratory requirement, they must complete 3 credits in one term to satisfy the requirement.
  3. Additional Major Courses (Electives): 9-12 credits of courses at the 200-level or above chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the department advisor. These courses should be tailored to the student's individual interests and should promote interdisciplinary approaches among EEB areas and other natural sciences:
    • At least one course must be from EEB offerings
    • At least one course must have a biodiversity focus
    • At least one course must include a lab
    • At least two courses must be at the 300-level or above (one must be an EEB course)
  4. A maximum of three credits of any independent study course may count toward theAdditional Major Courses (in addition to those used to meet the Research Experiencerequirement, i.e., there is a maximum allowable total of six independent research credits).