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Field Ecology B.A.

Evan Apt '15 describes his internship at a Plant Biology symposium

Evan Apt ’15 describes his internship at a Plant Biology symposium.

  • Preparation for entry-level environmental science jobs immediately after graduation
  • Preparation for careers in environmental monitoring, rare-plant surveys, high school teaching, project management for nonprofit organizations, park management, tree care
  • Marketable skills in plant identification, vegetation survey techniques, and GIS
  • Internship or undergraduate research

Faculty Contact: Dr. Glenn Matlack

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

The B.A. degree in field ecology is designed for students interested in the plant sciences and who desire a broad liberal education.

In addition to providing a strong background in field ecology, the program offers students experience in a variety of marketable skills, including plant identification, vegetation survey techniques, and GIS.

The flexibility in this program allows for either a minor or second major in another discipline, such as economics, business administration, computer science, anthropology, sociology, geography, geological sciences, or biological sciences.

Careers

The program prepares students for entry-level environmental science jobs immediately after graduation.

Graduates have jobs in environmental monitoring, rare-plant surveys, high school teaching, project management for nonprofit organizations, park management, and tree care.

Students are strongly encouraged to select the internship option, in order to enhance job prospects. Listings of internship opportunities can be found at the following websites:

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Environmental & Plant Biology Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 49 semester hours of PBIO coursework (excluding PBIO 2170, 2200, 2250, and 2840), including all of the requirements below.

Plant Biology Requirements

Complete the following courses:

  • PBIO 1140 - Foundations of Plant Biology Credit Hours: 4
  • PBIO 1150 - Plant Structure and Development Credit Hours: 4
  • PBIO 2090 - Plant Ecology Credit Hours: 3
  • PBIO 3300 - Plant Genetics Credit Hours: 3
  • PBIO 3080 - Structural Botany Credit Hours: 4

Plant Physiology

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PBIO 3240 - Plant Physiology Credit Hours: 3
  • PBIO 3260 - Physiological Plant Ecology Credit Hours: 4

PBIO Professional Skills

Complete the following courses:

  • PBIO 3150 - Statistical Methods in Plant Biology Credit Hours: 4
  • PBIO 4170 - Biological Research and Science Ethics Credit Hours: 1
  • PBIO 4180J - Writing for the Science Researcher Credit Hours: 3

PBIO Research

Complete one of the following for a minimum of 2 hours:

  • PBIO 4910 - Internship Credit Hours: 1.0-15.0
  • PBIO 4940 - Undergraduate Research Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • PBIO 4941 - Undergraduate Research/Written Presentation Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0

PBIO Specialty Courses

Complete the following:

  • PBIO 3190 - Ohio Flora Credit Hours: 3

Ecology

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PBIO 4350 - Plant Population Biology and Community Ecology Credit Hours: 4
  • PBIO 4380 - Soil Properties and Ecosystem Processes Credit Hours: 4

PBIO Electives

Complete three additional PBIO courses at the 2000 level or higher (excluding PBIO 2170, 2200, 2250, 2840, 4910, 4940, 4941).

Extra-Departmental Requirements

Biological Sciences Complete one of the following courses:

  • BIOS 3160 - Biogeography Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 3210 - General Microbiology Credit Hours: 4
  • BIOS 3760 - Field Ecology Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 4290 - Marine Biology Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 4310 - Aquatic Biology Credit Hours: 4
  • BIOS 4360 - Field Entomology Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 4650 - Ichthyology Credit Hours: 4
  • BIOS 4710 - Ornithology Credit Hours: 4
  • BIOS 4720 - Herpetology Credit Hours: 4
  • BIOS 4740 - Mammalogy Credit Hours: 4

Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4
  • CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4

Geography or Geology

Complete one of the following courses:

  • GEOG 2680 - Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences Credit Hours: 4
  • GEOG 3020 - Climatology Credit Hours: 4
  • GEOL 2110 - Introductory Oceanography Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 2150 - Environmental Geology Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 2310 - Water and Pollution Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 2550 - Historical Geology Credit Hours: 3

Mathematics

Complete the following course:

  • MATH 1300 - Pre-Calculus Credit Hours: 4

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