ecology

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.

Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Deserts JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Ecological Dynamics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Ecology, Genetics, and Biodiversity of Riparian Ecosystems JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Field Ecology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Forests JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Foundations of Ecology FR-SR
  • Fall
8
General Biology: Cells, Populations, and Ecosystems FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Island Ecology and Evolution JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Picturing Plants JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Plant Chemical Ecology: The Secret Life of Plants JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Entrepreneurial Culture and Agriculture FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Snow Ecology SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Environmental Analysis SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Field Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity Conservation JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Food, Health, and Sustainability SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
General Biology: Cells, Populations, and Ecosystems SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 16
Practice of Organic Farming (Spring) SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Shaped by the Sea, Shaped by the Hand: Marine Biology and 3D Art FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Prairie Conservation JR-SR
  • Spring
16