Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Concentration - Biology Major

In-depth laboratory and field experiences. A broad spectrum of courses. A supportive learning environment. These features of our ecology, evolution, and environmental biology major all allow you to discover the richness and excitement of the life sciences. 

The Experience
This program gives you the foundations of biology and research methodology. Courses focus on genetics, ecology and botany, and animal biology. Labs designed for each subject give you experience in your field. Outstanding faculty provide individualized academic and career guidance every step of the way. Get hands-on experience by taking a trip to Ecuador in a three-credit course where you observe plant and wildlife in four distinct habitats in the Galapagos.

The Requirements
For your senior comprehensive, you’ll work closely with a faculty advisor on independent research of your choice. Throughout your project you’ll demonstrate your understanding of current biological principles and the scientific method. You’ll utilize skills learned through field and laboratory courses. Your findings are presented to the biology department at the conclusion of your research. 

The Writing
You’ll submit four pieces of scientific writing, including a committee-approved paper. The papers will be based on a directed research project of your choice. You'll showcase your strong writing skills and your unique scientific perspective.

The Results 
Graduates have many options upon graduation including careers in genetics, zoo keeping, and conservation. Biology majors who apply to graduate programs are consistently accepted to first-rate schools.

Saint Mary’s biology majors who have followed a prescribed curriculum have the ability to be automatically accepted into master's degree programs at two distinguished schools. Saint Mary's has an agreement with the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, Ill., and an agreement with the Master of Physical Therapy program at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.