Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Students enrolled in ecology and evolutionary biology programs study the relationship of living things to their environment as well as how they organize and change over time. Read on to learn more about degrees and career options in this field.

Inside Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

In an ecology and evolutionary biology degree program, students study how diverse genes, cells, organisms, species and ecosystems have evolved over time. These programs rely heavily on research, and include studies in ecology and the environment, herpetology, paleobiology, environmental policy and chemical ecology.

Education Information

Conservation and environmental scientists need only a bachelor's degree to work in the field. Environmental planners may earn a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology before completing a graduate degree in urban and environmental planning. Biological scientists are typically required to earn a master's or doctoral degree in their specific field of biology, such as evolutionary biology. For those who choose to pursue a career in research or academia, a Ph.D. is generally required. Students in graduate degree programs may specialize in a specific area of ecology and evolutionary biology, such as population and community, infectious disease, ecosystems, global change or genetics. The following articles offer information to help you explore your education options.

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