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Graduate Program: Research Areas

Concentration in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution (EBE)

Faculty advisor for this concentration: Colin Orians - Barnum Hall, Room 100

Course options for Masters Students:
Masters students work with their mentor and/or their entrance committee to select courses that best meet the academic goals.

Course options and starting the Ph.D. track:
Our general philosophy regarding coursework is that you take only classes that you need to pick up skills that are important to your research (if taking a course is indeed the best way to pick up those skills!), as well as courses that deepen your knowledge in your specific research area. It’s OK with us if you want to take an unrelated course just because it looks really interesting, as long as it does not distract you too much from your research… Consequently, the list below is NOT a list of courses that you ought to take if you are interested in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. Rather, these are courses that you might wish to consider taking to complement a particular research expertise that you are developing. Ultimately, the decision about what classes to take will be up to you and your committee.


  • Year 1: Two research Rotations (PhD students only, 1 rotation per semester); research rotations are registered as courses (Bio 253, Bio 254) – they are generally done with faculty in the Biology Department, but mentors outside the department can also be enlisted.
  • Year 1: (or first year that you are a teaching assistant): All students that are Teaching Assistants are required to take Pedagogy (Bio 260)
  • Year 1 or 2: Seminar in Evolutionary Ecology (Bio 244) (offered in alternate years)

Optional Courses:

Biology Department Courses Courses in Other Departments
Bioinformatics (Bio 40) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS 101/UEP 232)
Endocrinology (Bio 110) Advanced GIS (GIS 102)
Animal Behavior (Bio 130) Introduction to Remote Sensing (CEE 194A)
Biostatistics (Bio132) Environmental Toxicology (CEE 167)
Ecological Models and Data (Bio 133) Advanced Statistics I (Psych 107)
Ecology of Animal Movement (Bio 135) Advanced Statistics II (Psych 108)
Population and Community Ecology (Bio 142) Global Environmental Datasets (CEE 194)
Evolutionary Biology w/lab (Bio 143) Environmental Statistics (CEE 202)
Principles of Conservation Biology (Bio 144) Ecology-based Policy Making (UEP 294)
Seminar in Marine Biology (Bio 179) Environmental Ethics (UEP 286)
Seminar in Conservation Biology (Bio 180)  
Tropical Ecology and Conservation (Bio 181)  
Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability (Bio 185)  
Special topics courses (Bio 195)  
*Seminar in Evolutionary Ecology (Bio 244)  
Seminar in Field Endocrinology (Bio # to be determined)  
Science Communication (Bio 262)  
Special Topics (Bio 293/294)  
Biomechanics (Bio 116)  

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