Department of Biology and Earth Science
Area 02 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ecology is the scientific discipline that is concerned with the relationships between organisms and their past, present, and future environments. These relationships include physiological responses of individuals, structure and dynamics of populations, interactions among species, organization of biological communities, and processing of energy and matter in ecosystems.
Evolutionary biology is an interdisciplinary field that includes scientists who use different organisms as evolutionary case studies. It also includes paleontology and geology studies, using fossils to answer questions about the mode of evolution.
The mission of the department is to produce scientists with the knowledge needed to support the assessment, maintenance and recovery of environmental resources. It provides the scientific basis for the conservation and management of our native plants and animals, and attempts to address the sustainable management of natural resources and the world-wide loss of biodiversity.
Because environmental challenges require working with people and ideas from disciplines beyond the natural sciences, it also is useful for ecologists and evolutionary biologists to know something about the social sciences, such as economics and geography. And it is becoming more and more helpful to be able to use and apply GIS technology.
This is a recommended program of study for the Biology Major, B.S.Area 2 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Degree at UCM.