May 27, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Biology B.S. with Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Program: B.S.
Department of Biology  
College of Arts and Sciences

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This concentration within the Biology B.S. serves students with an interest in the complex interactions between organisms and the surrounding environment.  It provides preparation for professions in environmental monitoring, research, and education for positions within governmental agencies, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and private industry.  This concentration also provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in preparation for graduate study in the area.  There is an emphasis on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the curriculum, as well as theoretical and applied ecology.

Special Regulation for Biology Majors

Time Limit - All biology courses applied toward graduation must be completed within 10 years from the time the first biology course was completed.

 To earn a B.S. with a major in biology, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW and the College of Arts and Sciences (Colleges  and Regulations ); earn a GPA of 2.30 or higher in BIOL 117, BIOL 119, BIOL 217, BIOL 218, BIOL 219, and BIOL 491 and elective courses in the concentration (listed below); and complete the following courses:

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

General Education Requirements    

A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to satisfy the IPFW general education requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Supporting Courses

Calculus and Statistics

The following calculus and statistics course pattern is typical.  Course substitutions are possible with advisor approval.  Please note that most graduate programs require a full year of calculus.

Elective Courses in the Concentration Credits: 15

To complete the concentration students are required to take at least one course in the area of evolution and systematics.  In addition, two courses with a laboratory are required from the list of ecology and behavior courses so that students obtain relevant hands-on experiences in the area.  The remainder of the elective credit hours within the concentration may be filled by choice from the full list of courses to provide a depth of knowledge in the field.

Free Electives

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120-124

Honors in Biology

You may earn an honors degree in biology by achieving an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher and a biology GPA of 3.50 or higher, conducting a two-semester (minimum of 5 credits) research project, preparing a senior thesis based on the research project, and giving an oral presentation of  the thesis research.  The senior thesis committee must be established one semester before graduation.

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