Biology Comprehensive Major: Environmental Biology and Ecology Emphasis

Program Requirements

The Environmental Biology and Ecology Emphasis requires a minimum of 58 credits, including the 26-credit Biology Nucleus, 17 additional credits in Biology, and 15 credits of supporting courses:

All Biology majors require the 26-credit Biology Nucleus.

Biology Nucleus
BIOL 150Biological Principles (with laboratory)4
BIOL 151Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)4
BIOL 301General Ecology3
BIOL 310Cell Biology3
BIOL 312Genetics (with recitation)4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I3
CHEM 112General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Laboratory II1
Total Credits26
Required Biology Courses
BIOL 302Ecology Laboratory and Recitation2
Select six credits in two or more of the following systems and applications courses:6
Wildlife Ecology and Management (with laboratory)
Wildlife Techniques Workshop
Conservation Biology
Colorado Ecoregions
Aquatic Ecology (with laboratory)
Plant Ecology (with laboratory)
Forest Ecology (with laboratory)
Select at least two of the following organismal courses:6-8
Ornithology (with laboratory and recitation)
Mammalogy (with laboratory and recitation)
Field Entomology (with laboratory)
Botany (with laboratory)
Rocky Mountain Flora
Spring Fungi Rocky Mountains (with laboratory)
Fisheries Biology
Select at least two credits of Capstone Experience courses:2
Senior Seminar (may be repeated)
Senior Thesis
Total Credits16-18
Minimum Supporting Courses
CHEM 231Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry3
CHEM 234Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory1
GEOL 101Physical Geology3
GEOL 105Physical Geology Laboratory1
MATH 213Probability and Statistics3
PHYS 140Introductory Physics (with laboratory)4
Total Credits15

Capstone Course Requirement

The following courses in the Biology Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: BIOL 495 SENIOR SEMINARBIOL 496 Senior Thesis , or EDUC 409 SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements