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BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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This major will provide you with unique experiential learning opportunities that cover the fundamentals of evolution, the ecology of terrestrial and aquatic systems, and the application of these in the pursuit of the conservation, restoration and sustainable development of coupled human-natural systems. You will receive a strong foundation in population, community, and ecosystem ecology, and evolutionary and organismal biology through hands-on opportunities in the following:

  • Population genetics and genomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Quantification of animal behavior (ethology)
  • Applied conservation sciences
  • Field-based data collection and analyses
  • Scientific literacy and communication
  • The interdisciplinary nature of our major fosters critical thinking and creativity in scientific problem-solving while instilling skills that will result in globally-conscious scientists. EEB curriculum can satisfy pre-med and pre-vet requirements and fulfills many of NU’s NUPath requirements.

Fieldwork is a valued component of your training and several of our courses use field sites, resources, and facilities of the Marine Science Center and throughout the greater Boston area. Participation in the Three Seas program and many Dialogue of Civilizations and other study abroad programs will help you fulfill the requirements for this major. You will also have the option to conduct research with faculty members in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, and you 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, non-profits, and government agencies.

For more information about the program, see the program catalog and course requirements.

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