Environmental Studies

Sewanee: The University of the South

Ecology and Biodiversity Major

An interdisciplinary major that integrates coursework in biology, ecology, and evolution with other environmental disciplines.

Administered chiefly through the Department of Biology — Deborah McGrath, Chair.

Eleven courses required:

Biol 133: Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology
Biol 210: Ecology
Biol 211: Biodiversity: Pattern and Process
One capstone class: EnSt 400: Seminar in Environmental Studies –or– Biology 315: Advanced Ecology and Biodiversity –or– Biol 444A

Three biology classes from Ecology and Biodiversity list:
Biol 200: Entomology
Biol 201: Ornithology
Biol 202: Invertebrate Zoology
Biol 206: Plant Ecology
Biol 207: Biology of Lower Plants
Biol 209: Advanced Conservation Biology
Biol 213: Evolutionary Biology
Biol 215: Fungi AND Biol 216. Algae and Bryophytes
Biol 221: Environmental Physiology of Plants
Biol 222: Advanced Conservation Biology
Biol 232: Human Health and the Environment
Biol 235: Freshwater Conservation
Biol 241: Rainforests and Coral Reefs AND Biol 251: Field Study in Belize
Biol 250: Molecular Evolution
Biol 255: Herpetology
Biol 260: Cave Biology
Biol 309: Ecology and Biodiversity Seminar
Biol 310: Plant Evolution and Systematics
Biol 313: Ecosystems and Global Change
Biol 317: Wildfire in the Southern Appalachians
Biol 339: Studio Course in Microbiology
Biol 340: Microbiology
Biol 350: Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Animals
EnSt 220: Reading the Landscape
EnSt 305: Ecological Integrity in Agriculture
Students who have completed the Island Ecology summer program may count the program as one course in this list.

Three classes in the study of the environment from a non-scientific perspective:
EnSt 101: Introduction to Environmental Studies
Classes in humanities or social science from the Humanities/Social Science list

One class in the scientific study of the environment from a science department other than biology:
Chem 103: Earth, Air, Water and Fire: An Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Chem 120: General Chemistry
Fors 121: Introduction to Forestry
Geol 121: Physical Geology
Phys 101: General Physics I
Phys 102: General Physics II
Phys 105: Environmental Physics
Phys 106: Foundations of Global Warming

Note that many graduate programs in ecology and biodiversity require one or more semesters of physical science (chemistry, geology, and/or physics)

Required for a B.S. (but not for a B.A.) in Ecology and Biodiversity:
Statistics, and three additional Math / Stat / science classes outside Biology, including at least two lab science classes.

Note: The major field is defined as all Biology classes listed above, Biol 130, EnSt 140, EnSt 200, EnSt 217, EnSt 240, EnSt 317, and EnSt 400. Study abroad courses count inside the major field if the majority of the work in the course concerns the scientific study of ecology and biodiversity; study abroad courses will count outside the major field if the majority of the work for the course concerns social science, humanities or other work outside the natural sciences.

Sewanee: The University of the South