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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Bachelor of Arts

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $525

College of Science

Program Details

The Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology builds the foundational scientific knowledge necessary to excel in this interdisciplinary field and related fields.

This BA program prepares you to succeed in various professions requiring scientific knowledge or STEM skills. Graduates of the program advance in careers such as conservation and natural resource management, teaching and outreach, environmental policy, public health administration, and science communication. 

The curriculum for this program includes core courses in genetics, ecology, and evolution. Elective course options include organismal diversity and evolution, animal behavior, community and ecosystem ecology, and ecological and evolutionary theory, among other topics. 

The BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is offered by a top-ranked program renowned for groundbreaking scientific discoveries and a long tradition of involving students in leading-edge research.

A minor is required for this program. You may choose to complete any minor in order to reach the 120 total units (including 42 upper division units) required for this program.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The core curriculum for this program includes:


ECOL 182L: Introductory Biology II Lab
ECOL 182R: Introductory Biology II
ECOL 302: Ecology
ECOL 320: Genetics
ECOL 335: Evolutionary Biology
MCB 181L: Introductory Biology Laboratory I
MCB 181R: Introductory Biology II



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will build core skills, including:

  • Research ethics
  • Data analysis
  • Technical writing
  • Analytical thinking
  • Political advocacy
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Community engagement
  • Information literacy
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Graduates of the BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Biological Science Teacher
  • Biological Technician
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Environmental Science & Protection Technician
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Economist
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Editor
  • Technical Writer