Major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Major in Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyThe major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a traditional program of study in the discipline. The major prepares students for a wide variety of careers as well as further, professional education. It offers the widest variety of options for study at the undergraduate level and later at the graduate or professional level. Students interested in pursuing advanced study in ecology and evolutionary biology, human medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry will especially want to complete this major.

The major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is one of two majors offered by the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department to undergraduate students. The Department also offers a major in Environmental Biology.

Core Courses

  • EBIO 1010 – Diversity of Life
  • EBIO 1015 – Diversity of Life Laboratory
  • CELL 1010 – General Biology
  • EBIO 2020 – Theory and Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • CELL 2050 – Genetics
  • EBIO 3080 – Processes of Evolution
  • EBIO 3040 – General Ecology
  • EBIO 3045 – General Ecology Laboratory

Elective Courses

  • Five courses (three-four credits each) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, one of which may be from an approved list of courses from other departments.
  • Two of the elective courses will be approved laboratory or field-oriented courses.
  • Maximum of one course from EBIO 4660, 4910, 4920, 4950, 4960, 4990, or 5000 as one of the lecture electives.
  • Internship studies and seminars cannot count as electives.

Required Courses from Other Departments

  • Two semesters of Mathematics
    • A minimum of 6 credits of mathematics is required. Any two Mathematics courses numbered 1210 and above may be used to satisfy this requirement. However, the combination of MATH 1150 and MATH 1160 (Long Calculus) may count as one course towards this requirement.
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry with labs (CHEM 1070/1075, 1080/1085 or H1090/H1095, H1100/H1105)
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs (CHEM 2410/2430, 2420/2440)
  • Courses in Statistics and Physics are highly recommended but not required

Courses Outside EEB that May Count Towards the Major in EEB


  • ANTH 3140 – Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • ANTH 3720 – Adaptation and Human Variability
  • ANTH 6500 – Human Evolution

Cell and Molecular Biology

  • CELL 3750 – Cell Biology
  • CELL 3755 – Cell Biology Laboratory
  • CELL 3030 – Molecular Biology
  • CELL 3035 – Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • CELL 4010 – Cellular Biochemistry
  • CELL 4110 – Cells and Tissues
  • CELL 4160 – Developmental Biology
  • CELL 4220 – Microbiology
  • CELL 4225 – Microbiology Laboratory


  • CHEM 2500 – Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 3830 – Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CHEM 3835 – Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory

Capstone Requirement

  • Required of all students who entered Tulane 2006 fall or after
  • Two semesters of course work during the senior year
    • Fall semester: EBIO 4970 – Contemporary Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Spring semester: EBIO 4980 – Contemporary Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • EBIO 5000 – Honors Thesis, may be substituted for EBIO 4980 in the spring semester

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