This option is designed for students preparing to do graduate work or to seek full-time employment in this field. Employment can be found with national and state conservation and resource management agencies, park services, environmental consulting agencies, zoological parks, botanical gardens, and public health facilities, etc. This option can be customized to the student’s interest in learning more about field biology, botany, zoology, ecology, etc. This is an option also appropriate for students considering veterinary school.

Faculty advisors in this area are active in research and they involve students in their research. These opportunities give students the potential to conduct, present, and publish research carried out with faculty members.

Organismal Biology students will…
  • Meet with their advisor each semester to assess their progress towards admission to a professional school.
  • Take a core of courses prepares them in any area of biology.
  • Take rigorous coursework in evolutionary biology, ecology, plant biology, and animal biology which prepares them for advanced study or employment.
  • Complete 80 hours for 2 credit hours of experiential learning, usually in field studies or internships.
  • Complete additional coursework in geology and mathematics to qualify them for employment and graduate school.
  • Attend classes in the renovated Magill Hall furnished with modern equipment.
  • Have access to the Miller Reserve Wetlands Restoration project, the Kelso Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Reis Biological Research Station.

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