Course Requirements

Common Core Courses

  • Ecology 200A and 200B (Principles and Application of Ecological Theory). Usually taken the first year in residence.  Prerequisite: Introduction to Ecology.
  • ECL 296 Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series.  Required for all entering students each quarter of the first year of residence only, but recommended thereafter. This is a guest lecturer seminar series in the field of Ecology and is an attendance only requirement. There is no coursework required.
  • Ecology 290 seminars (1 for the M.S. degree, 3 for the Ph.D.). Ecology faculty volunteer, on a quarter-by-quarter basis, to lead an ECL 290 on a specific topic related to Ecology. Students enrolled will be required to make a presentation of at least 25 minutes in length to receive credit for this seminar.
  • A course in field ecological methods (may be satisfied prior to matriculation or during the course of the program). 
  • One course in evolution (may be satisfied prior to admission). If not previously satisfied, EVE 100 must be taken.

Areas of Emphasis Courses

Each Area of Emphasis (AOE) may have a core course and other required coursework in addition to those listed above. Please refer to the AOE descriptions for details.

Course Descriptions 

Course descriptions of all Ecology courses can be found online in the General Catalog.