Ecology is the study of organisms, their interactions with one another, and their environments. You will develop both basic and applied skills in inquiry in ecological science by applying chemistry, quantitative reasoning, and basic biological principles in real-world ecosystems. Study mutualisms between species, changes in communities, responses to climate change, ecosystem management, ecological restoration, and interactions from genes to ecosystems.
You will have the opportunity to participate in signature programs that focus on grasslands and wetlands, forests and woodlands, rivers and streams, oceans and estuaries, and urban landscapes.
Capstone experiences in this field may include internships or research through participation in research-oriented programs, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, and undergraduate research with faculty in the Environmental Studies Path.
Explore Evergreen's natural learning labs: a 1,000-acre rain forest, open shoreline, and five freshwater streams right in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Walk from your classroom to the field and find protected areas, dam removal sites, and long-term research and ecological restoration sites to engage with.
Join us in an education that doesn't just change your life—it gives you the tools to change the world.
See faculty who teach in Environmental Studies/Agriculture.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.
|Changemaker Lab: Ocean Business and Science – Coral Reefs, Clams and Team Entrepreneurship||
|Changemaker Lab: Farm and Garden Design and Management||
|Plant Ecology and Physiology||
|Rivers of Clay||
|Fisheries in the Pacific Northwest: Biology and Political Ecology||
|Ecological Agriculture: Crop Botany and Plant Genetics||
|Freshwater Ecology and Hydrology||
|Insect Biology: Form, Function, and Management||
|Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest||
|Marine Environments: Organisms and the Ocean||