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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Field Ecology Major (B.A.)

Major code BA2119

College of Arts and Sciences  
Environmental and Plant Biology Department
Porter Hall 315
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1126
Fax: 740.593.1130
plantbio@ohio.edu
https://www.ohio.edu/cas/plantbio/undergrad/field-ecology

Harvey Ballard, contact person
ballardh@ohio.edu

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.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The Field Ecology 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:

  • http:www.thesca.org/
  • http:www.americorps.org/vista/
  • http:conbio.org/SCB/Services/Jobs/
  • http:biology.duke.edu/jackson/ecophys/tech.htm
  • http:biology.duke.edu/jackson/ecophys/undergrad.htm
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