Ecology, Evolution & Biodiversity, B.S.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity.

The Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity (EEB) will prepare students for rigorous advanced study in these fields and subsequent careers in academic, governmental, or non-governmental research institutions. The curriculum has a strong foundation in theory, empirical approaches and quantitative methods, providing students with core competencies that will make them competitive for positions in academia as laboratory technicians, government environmental management agencies, non-governmental organizations dealing with conservation and restoration, environmental consulting, and formal and informal education. Students will also be well prepared for top graduate programs in these fields and other related subjects.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Robert Sanders, Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 255
215-204-8851

Dr. Erik Cordes, Vice Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 315A
erik.cordes@temple.edu
215-204-8876

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Faculty Advisor
Juniors/Seniors, Research Questions
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311
215-204-8839
jbs@temple.edu

Dr. Angela Bricker, Faculty Advisor
First Year Students/Sophomore Year Students
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 248C
215-204-8578
abricker@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • Students must complete all University requirements including those listed below.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are:
      BIOL 2296Genetics4
      BIOL XX963-4
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 45 Upper-Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • All students in the College of Science and Technology are required to take a one credit first year seminar. SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar is the appropriate course option for every entering first year CST major. Transfer students should use SCTC 2001 CST Transfer Seminar to fulfill this requirement. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page.
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (72-80 s.h.)
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 Biology courses must be completed at Temple.
    Biology
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Organismal Biology4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
    BIOL 2112Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
    or BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    BIOL 2227Principles of Ecology3
    BIOL 2296Genetics (S)4
    BIOL 3101Evolution (F)3
    BIOL XX96 (Advanced Study in Biology: Senior Seminar WI)3
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I (F)
    Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity (EEB) Electives
    Select six of the following, with at least one in each category: 118-24
    Ecology
    Experimental Marine Biology (Summer)
    Marine Ecology (F)
    Animal Behavior (S)
    Ecology of Invasive Species (F)
    Tropical Marine Biology (F, odd years)
    Plant Community Ecology (F)
    Life at the Extremes - Polar Biology
    Freshwater Ecology (F, even years)
    Field Research in Community Ecology (Summer)
    Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change (F)
    Biology research course in participating EEB lab 2
    Evolution
    Evolutionary Ecology (F)
    Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics (F)
    Human Evolution
    Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    Theoretical Population Genetics
    Evolutionary Genetics (S)
    Behavioral Genetics (F)
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites and Other Dependent Species (S)
    Genomic Biology
    Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Evo-Devo (S)
    Biology research course in participating EEB lab 2
    Biodiversity
    Invertebrate Biology (S)
    Parasitology (Not every year)
    Conservation Biology (F)
    Herpetology (S)
    General Microbiology (S)
    Biology of Plants (F)
    Biology research course in participating EEB lab 2
    Mathematics and Quantitative Methods
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
    Select two of the following:6-8
    Genome Analytics
    Biostatistics (F)
    Global Change Science: Analytics with R
    Remote Sensing and GIS
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Physics
    PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
    PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
    Total Credit Hours72-80
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
Other Suggested Courses
These courses do not count for credits in the major but may be taken as free elective credits: 1,2
ANTH 2001Evolution and Human Environments3
ANTH 2763Anthropological Genetics3
ANTH 2764Primate Behavior3
ANTH 3196Methods in Environmental Archaeology3
ANTH 3796Methods in the Study of Evolution3
BIOL 2234Dinosaur Paleobiology3
BIOL 3096Cell Structure and Function (F)4
BIOL 3201Human Genetics (F)3
BIOL 3265Developmental Biology (F)3
BIOL 3324Molecular Biology (F)3
BIOL 3325Research Techniques in Molecular Biology (S)3
BIOL 3333Advanced Techniques in Microscopy (S)4
BIOL 3334Mammalian Physiology (S)4
BIOL 3337Comparative Biomechanics (F)3
BIOL 3396Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating3
BIOL 4375General Biochemistry I3
BOT 1111General Botany4
BOT 1112Plant Ecology3
BOT 3166Plant Taxonomy3
CHEM 0877The Chemistry of Global Environmental Issues3
ECON 1001Introduction to the Economy3
ECON 3506Energy, Ecology, and Economy3
EES 2001Physical Geology4
EES 2002Energy and Environment3
EES 2051Introduction to Data Visualization and Analysis for Earth and Environmental Science3
EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere4
ENST 2001Environment and Society3
ENST 2025Environmental Law and Regulation3
ENST 2097Research Design in Environmental Studies3
ENST 2157Environmental Ethics3
ENST 25963
ENST 3051Environmental Policy Issues3
ENST 3053Climatology3
ENST 3062Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems3
ENST 3068Environmental Impact Assessment3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
ENVT 4761Environmental Regulations3
HIST 3214North American Environmental History3
HORT 2114Soils3
JRN 3253Health and Environmental Writing3

Distinction in the Major

To be eligible for distinction in the major, a student must retain a grade point average of 3.2 or better (overall and in the major); should register for BIOL 4391 Accelerated Research in Biology or BIOL 4291 Extradepartmental Research for a total of 6 s.h. over two semesters; and must write a final research paper and present his/her research at a departmental research poster session before graduation. A student, however, does not have to enroll in the distinction program in order to participate in departmental research. Other courses (BIOL 2082 Independent Research I and BIOL 3082 Independent Research II), provide credit toward graduation and research experience, and are available to undergraduate students from their sophomore through their senior year. A student may register for BIOL 3082 more than one semester, however only one semester may be completed for a grade. The additional semester may be taken for credit/no credit. In all cases, permission of the faculty and application to the department Honors Committee is required before registering for research credits.

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of the major GPA. This would include BIOL 1011, for example.

A total of up to 3 s.h. of Biology research courses numbered lower than 4000 (to include:  BIOL 2082, BIOL 3082, BIOL 3181, BIOL 3281, and BIOL 3681) may be taken for a letter grade. Any additional credits in research courses in this category can be taken only on a CR/NC basis. No research courses numbered lower than 4000 may be used for Biology elective credit.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
BIOL 1111 or 1911Introduction to Organismal Biology4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
SCTC 1001CST First Year Seminar1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 2227Principles of Ecology3
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I (F) 
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 2296Genetics [WI] (S)4
Quantitative Methods 1, Select one of the following:3-4
Genome Analytics 
Biostatistics 
Global Change Science: Analytics with R 
Remote Sensing and GIS 
Calculus II 
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Elective1-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 3101Evolution3
Quantitative Methods 2, Select one of the following:3-4
Genome Analytics 
Biostatistics 
Global Change Science: Analytics with R 
Remote Sensing and GIS 
Calculus II 
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
EEB Elective 113-4
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Elective3-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
EEB Elective 213-4
EEB Elective 313-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
Elective3-1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
BIOL XX96 (Advanced Study in Biology: Senior Seminar WI)3
EEB Elective 413-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
Elective3-2
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
EEB Elective 513-4
EEB Elective 613-4
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3-1
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course