Bachelor of Science Degree – Biology: Ecology Concentration (BIOL ECLY)

Assortment of images reflecting ecology at Purdue Cal including a burying beetle, a prairie, students sampling a stream, controlled burning, and a lupine flower

Advising Plan for BS in Biology – Ecology Concentration (PDF)
Sample Four-Year Plan of Study (PDF)
Careers in Ecology

Useful Links:

Ecological Society of America
Journal of Ecology
Journal of Applied Ecology

What is Ecology?

Ecology has an important role within science and society.  Ecologists gather information that can help society make choices regarding land use, public health and environmental regulations.  Many ecosystems provide society with services including water purification, carbon sequestration and food production.  Research detailing these services can help maintain them for future generations.

Ecology Concentration at Purdue Calumet:

The Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University Calumet offers upper level electives that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career and educational goals.  Recommended Ecology elective courses include Plant Physiology (BIOL 30400), Animal Physiology (BIOL 35700), Conservation Biology (BIOL 30400), Invasive Species (BIOL 495), Basic Microbiology (BIOL 31600) Environmental Microbiology (BIOL 59500), Evolution (BIOL 58000), Biogeography (BIOL 58700), Plant Ecology (BIOL 58800), Field Ecology (BIOL 59100), Ornithology (BIOL 59500).  For a complete list of recommended ecology elective courses, please consult the study plan (PDF).  Students also have to option to take Environmental Chemistry 32400 instead of Principles of Biochemistry 33300.   Several of the Department of Biological Sciences faculty, Prof. Curtis Creighton and Prof. Young Choi have active research labs.  This provides dedicated students with the opportunity to become involved in ecology research.

Careers in Ecology

The field of ecology encompasses a many diverse sub-disciplines and so presents many job opportunities.  After receiving a bachelor degree in biology sciences with the ecology option, an individual may work as a field technician for academic institutions, government agencies or non-profit organizations.  This program also lends itself to work as a lab technician in a variety of fields including environmental testing, basic research, According to the BLS.gov, “environmental science and protection technicians do laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those affecting health. Many work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct their work and evaluate their results.”  Additional job experience and education is typically required for Environmental Scientists and Specialist positions.  This can include a masters or a doctoral degree.