Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology Emphasis, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 080-001)

University Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.
1

Certain programs exceed this minimum.

2

See special requirements in each College.

3

See special requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

LIBERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTSa minimum of 36 credits
Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency may be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

Major Requirements

This emphasis provides extensive exposure to topics in ecology, field biology, and biological conservation. It is intended for students who are interested in field research, environmental monitoring and management, or natural resource conservation, or who desire strong preparation for graduate programs in ecology, environmental biology, or related fields. Requires completion of the core, the required credits as listed below, and biology electives to total at least 60 credits.

Core Requirements for All Biology Majors

Ecology and Environmental Biology Emphasis (Code 080-001); Microbiology Emphasis (Code 080-002); Biology, Liberal Arts (Code 080-203); Biology, Teaching (Code 080-205).

BIOL 221Foundations of Biology I4
BIOL 222Foundations of Biology II3
BIOL 223Foundations of Biological Inquiry2
Total Credits9

Core Requirements for Biology, Liberal Arts

All students who pursue a Liberal Arts Comprehensive Major in Biology are also required to complete MATH 114, and CHEM 103 and CHEM 104, or CHEM 115, in addition to the 60 credits required for the major.

Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology Emphasis, Comprehensive Major

Required Courses
BIOL 321Ecology3
BIOL 323Genetics3
BIOL 383Statistical Analysis of Biological Data3
Field Experience may include:
Studies in Tropical Environments
Collaborative Research in Biology
Biological Field Studies
summer offerings at a biological field station
or other approved experience
Categorical Courses
Form and Function:
At least one course from:
Reproductive Physiology
Animal Physiology
Plant Form and Function
Animal Form and Function
Plant Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Systems Neuroscience
Endocrinology
Organismal Diversity:
At least two courses from:
General Entomology
Plant Systematics
Trees and Shrubs
Field Botany
Ornithology
Invertebrate Zoology
Wisconsin Wildlife
Biology of Microorganisms
Field Zoology
Biology of Fishes
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior:
At least two courses from:
Infectious Disease Ecology
Evolution
Conservation Biology
Terrestrial Ecology
Physiological Ecology
Animal Behavior
Aquatic Ecology
Advanced Ecology
Physical Sciences
Select from the following: 112
Land Use Issues and Problems
Introduction to Geomorphology
Geographic Information Systems I
Geospatial Field Methods
Geographic Information Systems II
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Soils and the Environment
Environmental Hazards
Watershed Analysis
Geographic Information Systems III
Advanced Remote Sensing
Web Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Geology
Earth Resources
Global Environmental Change
Water Resources
Hydrogeology I
Introduction to Geochemistry
General Physics
University Physics I
Environmental Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory
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only 12 credits maximum will be applied toward the major

Research or internship experience strongly recommended.