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Major in Environmental Biology (ENVB)

The major in Environmental Biology is a focused course of study intended for students who are planning for professions in which they will apply what they have learned in the major to professional positions and/or further education focused on conservation biology, environmental preservation, human health, and public policy.

The major should appeal to individuals who are interested in seeking employment with environmental agencies of federal, state, and municipal governments or non-governmental organizations; and in private industry, including environmental consulting firms. The program also may appeal to individuals planning to enter the field of environmental law. Moreover, students who complete the proposed new major and elect to take two of the three electives at the 600 level will be able to enter directly into the 4+1 program in Environmental Biology combined bachelors and masters degrees for advanced study.

Core Courses


  • EBIO 1010 – Diversity of Life
  • EBIO 1015 – Diversity of Life Lab
  • CELL 1010 – General Biology
  • EBIO 2020 – Theory and Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • CELL 2050 – Genetics
  • EBIO 2040 – Conservation Biology
  • EBIO 2050 – Global Change Biology
  • EBIO 3080 – Processes of Evolution
  • EBIO 3040 – General Ecology
  • EBIO 3045 – General Ecology Lab

Elective Courses


  • Three courses (three-four credits each) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 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 the lecture elective
  • Courses from other departments cannot count as elective

Required Courses from Other Departments


  • Two semesters of Mathematics
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry with labs (CHEM 1070/1075, 1080/1085 or H1090/H1095, H1100/H1105)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 2500) or Organic Chemistry I with lab (CHEM 2410/2415)
  • Courses in Statistics and Physics are highly recommended but not required

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

Download a Checklist for Environmental Biology Major Requirements

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