Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology with Emphasis in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB)

The EEOB emphasis is the appropriate emphasis for you if you are specifically interested in the study of populations and communities of organisms. The curriculum in this program will give you a well-rounded education, with emphasis courses giving deeper understanding of various organisms (from microbes to plants, to a variety of animals) and how they interact with one another and with their environment. The time frame to complete this degree varies from student to student, but usually, this degree can be completed in four to five years.

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Special Services and Opportunities

The biology faculty are committed to responsible academic advising. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and are current with requirements for admission into the programs they advise. When you major in this biology emphasis, you'll have the opportunity to volunteer/participate in faculty research laboratories or field projects, and work on a variety of organisms with positions ranging from laboratory and field studies, to work-study or student hire in the herbarium and Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro Natural History Museum.

Service and Mutual Interest Organizations

You'll have the opportunity to get involved in student organizations like the Fish and Wildlife Club. If you're nominated, you can become a member of Sigma Xi: the Scientific Research Society, where you also have the opportunity to apply for funding for research projects. As a biology major, if you excel academically, you'll be inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which is one of the largest honor societies in the world.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Like all Eastern students, if you major in biology and emphasize in EEOB, you can take advantage of grants, loans and scholarships offered by Financial Aid and Enrollment Services. There are also opportunities for you to apply for work-study or student hire positions to conduct laboratory research when available.

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Career Opportunities

When you major in evolution, ecology and organismal biology, you can look forward to careers including:

  • Teacher
  • Research assistant (e.g. USDA, EPA)
  • Lab technician in public and private institutions
  • Forester
  • Quality control technician
  • Curator
  • Ecologist
  • Environmentalist
  • Sanitarian

Also, many students who pursue the EEOB program of study are interested in continuing their education beyond the bachelor's degree. As an ENMU student, you can take advantage of free job placement assistance provided by the Office of Counseling and Career Services.

High School Courses

If you are interested in the field of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, you should complete as many life science and physical science courses as possible and sufficient mathematics courses to be ready for College Algebra (MATH 119). Ideally, you will also be reading and writing at the college-level when you finish high school. Courses you should take in high school include:

  • Life sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English composition/grammar

Additional Degree Information

You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Biology with emphasis in evolution, ecology and organismal biology degree, including the courses you will take when you're a EEOB major at Eastern.