Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) degree is designed to provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of ecology and evolutionary biology, including focal points in population, community, and ecosystem ecology; evolutionary ecology and biology; conservation biology; population genetics; behavior; and ecological and evolutionary genomics. Our major provides unique experiential learning opportunities for students interested in the fundamentals of evolution; the ecology of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems; and the application of both of these in the pursuit of the conservation and restoration of natural systems. Further, students in our major have the opportunity to focus on cutting-edge techniques in the use of molecular tools to answer fundamental questions in ecology and evolution. The interdisciplinary nature of our major fosters critical thinking and creativity in scientific problem solving while instilling skills that will result in scientifically literate global citizens. The curriculum for this major also satisfies premed and prevet requirements. Courses offered by this major fulfill several core competencies required by the university: Engaging with the Natural and Designed World, Exploring Created Expression and Innovation, Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning, Analyzing and Using Data, Employing Ethical Reasoning, writing-intensive courses, and capstone.

Fieldwork is a valued component of training in our programs, and several of our courses use field sites, resources, and facilities of the Marine Science Center and throughout the greater Boston area. Students interested in having a foundational education in ecology and evolutionary biology, and also participating in the Northeastern Three Seas Program, will be able to meet the requirements for both programs. All students will also have the option to complete undergraduate research experiences with faculty members in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and can take advantage of our faculty networks of scientists and practitioners for additional co-op and research opportunities.

Students graduating with an EEB major will be prepared for success in pursuing graduate degrees, for working in multiple areas of science and technology—including data science and biotech sectors—and for positions with consulting companies, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Due to overlap in course content, double majoring in biology and cell and molecular biology, biology and biochemistry, biology and behavioral neuroscience, or biology and marine biology is not permitted. 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major Requirements

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
EEMB 1101
and EEMB 1102
Foundations in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
and Lab for EEMB 1101
5
Ecology and Evolutionary Genomics
EEMB 1105
and EEMB 1106
Foundations in Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
and Lab for EEMB 1105
5
Genetics
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
Evolution
EEMB 2400Introduction to Evolution4
Ecology
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2302
5
Biostatistics
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
5

Supporting Courses

Math
Complete one of the following:4
Calculus 1
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
Chemistry
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
5
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
5
Physics 1
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Topical Requirement

Complete seven of the following. At least one course must be taken from each list:28
Evolution of Organisms
Ecology and Evolution of Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
Physiological Adaptations to the Environment
Biology of Corals
Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Marine Invertebrate Zoology and Botany
and Lab for EEMB 5534
Sociobiology
Marine Mammals
Biology of Whales
Ecology and Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology
Wildlife Ecology
Ecological and Conservation Genomics
Coastal Ecology and Sustainability
and Lab for EEMB 3470
Landscape and Restoration Ecology
Ocean and Coastal Sustainability
Tropical Terrestrial Ecology
Ocean and Coastal Processes
Coral Reef Ecology
Marine Conservation Biology
Physiological and Molecular Marine Ecology
Global Oceanic Change
Food Security and Sustainability
Wetlands: Ecology and Hydrology
Analytical Skills
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Ecological and Conservation Genomics
Experimental Design Marine Ecology
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
Ecological Dynamics

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Credit Requirement

Complete 81 semester hours in the major.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology GPA Requirement

Complete all major courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.000.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

 Five Year, Three Spring Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours  
EEMB 1101
and EEMB 1102
5EEMB 1105
and EEMB 1106
5  
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5  
ENVR 10001PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  
MATH 1241 or 12514Elective4  
Elective4   
 19 19  
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5COOP 39450COOP 39450 
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5   
EEMB Elective 14   
Evolution of Organisms Distribution Requirement4   
EESC 20001   
 19 0 0 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5COOP 39450COOP 39450Elective4
PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5  Elective4
EEMB 24004   
Elective4   
 18 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Ecology and Conservation Biology Distribution Requirement4COOP 39450COOP 39450 
EEMB Elective 24   
Analytical Skills Requirement4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
EEMB Elective 34Elective4  
EEMB Elective 44Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Experiential Credit (Capstone/Thesis)4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131

Five Year, Three Fall Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours  
EEMB 1101
and EEMB 1102
5EEMB 1105
and EEMB 1106
5  
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5  
ENVR 10001PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  
MATH 1241 or 12514Elective4  
Elective4   
 19 19  
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours Summer 2Hours
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5 COOP 39450
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5  
EEMB Elective 14EEMB 24004  
Evolution of Organisms Distribution Requirement4Elective4  
EESC 20001   
 19 18  0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours Summer 2Hours
COOP 39450Ecology and Conservation Biology Distribution Requirement4 COOP 39450
 EEMB Elective 24  
 Analytical Skills Requirement4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
COOP 39450EEMB Elective 34Elective4COOP 39450
 EEMB Elective 44Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Experiential Credit (Capstone/Thesis)4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
COOP 39450Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131