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Courses and Curriculum

Professor Jim Smith with biology students in the lab

Degree Paths

The EEB program has two tracts to meet your interests and goals. The Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior offers maximum flexibility for student-specific course selection. The second tract, a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior with an Emphasis in Global Change Biology, suggests groups of classes that will give students a strong background in contemporary challenges in Global Change Biology. The optional emphasis in Global Change Biology arises from the growing need to understand how natural and human systems interact in a time of global change. The emphasis is built upon strong core training in EEB with the addition of graduate coursework from the Geosciences, Anthropology, Economics, Public Policy, and other disciplines. In addition, students will have opportunities to participate in issue-focused clusters such as: invasive species biology, climate change, plant systematics, coupled human and natural systems, raptor ecology, among others.

Requirements for the courses are listed below.

Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Course Number and TitleCredits
EEB 601 Principles and Processes in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior I

EEB 602 Principles and Processes in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior II

EEB 603 Science and Communication I

EEB 604 Science and Communication II
4

4

3

3
EEB 605 Current Research in EEB (2 cr)4
Quantitative Requirement (choose at least 1 course from the following):

ANTH 504 Statistical Methods in Anthropology (3 cr)

BIOL 601 Biometry (4 cr)

BIOL 603 Advanced Biometry (4 cr)

EEB 607 Quantitative Methods for Population and Habitat Analysis (3 cr)

EEB 621 Advanced Ecological Data Analysis (3 cr)

GEOPH 522 Data Analysis and Geostatistics (3 cr)

GEOS 505 Introduction to Numerical Methods for the Geosciences (3 cr)

MATH 572 Computational Statistics (3 cr)

MATH 573 Time Series Analysis (3 cr)

MATH 574 Linear Models (3 cr)
3-4
Approved electives courses in ANTH, BIOL, BMOL, BOT, EEB, GEOS, ZOOL or related fields as approved by the supervisory committee and by the coordinator of the EEB doctoral program.13-14
EEB 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination1
EEB 693 Dissertation30
Total66


Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior with an Emphasis in Global Change Biology

Course Number and TitleCredits
EEB 601 Principles and Processes in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior I

EEB 602 Principles and Processes in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior II

EEB 603 Science and Communication I

EEB 604 Science and Communication II
4

4

3

3
EEB 605 Current Research in EEB (2 cr)4
Quantitative Requirement (choose at least 1 course from the following):

ANTH 504 Statistical Methods in Anthropology (3 cr)

BIOL 601 Biometry (4 cr)

BIOL 603 Advanced Biometry (4 cr)

EEB 607 Quantitative Methods for Population and Habitat Analysis (3 cr)

EEB 621 Advanced Ecological Data Analysis (3 cr)

GEOPH 522 Data Analysis and Geostatistics (3 cr)

GEOS 505 Introduction to Numerical Methods for the Geosciences (3 cr)

MATH 572 Computational Statistics (3 cr)

MATH 573 Time Series Analysis (3 cr)

MATH 574 Linear Models (3 cr)
3-4
Human Behavior and Ecology (choose 1-2 courses from the following):

ANTH 501 Adaptation And Human Behavior (3 cr)

ANTH 502 Human Evolutionary History and Development (3 cr)

ANTH 521 Human Paleoecology of North America (3 cr)

ANTH 530 Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Anthropology (3 cr)

ANTH 531 Economic Anthropology (3 cr)

ANTH 532 Game Theory and Human Cooperation (3 cr)

CRP 502 Economic Applications to Community and Regional Planning (3 cr)

CRP 551 Sustainable Development (3 cr)
3-6
Earth Sciences (choose 1-2 courses from the following):

BIOL 628 Geographic Information Systems in Biology (3 cr)

GEOG 570 (GEOS 570) Earth System Science and Global Warming (3 cr)

GEOS 511 Hydrology: Land-Atmosphere Interaction (3 cr)

GEOS 580 Selected Topics in Watershed Hydrology (1-3 cr)

GEOS 585 Selected Topics in Isotope Geoscience (1-3 cr)

GEOS 605 Topics in Geomorphology (3 cr)

GEOS 607 Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography (3 cr)

GEOS 620 Coupled Land-Atmosphere Modeling (3 cr)

GEOS 621 Global Hydrologic Change (3 cr)

GEOS 633 (CE 633) Contaminant Hydrogeology (3 cr)

GEOS 636 Stable Isotope Geochemistry (3 cr)

GEOS 638 Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology (3 cr)
3-6
Approved elective courses in ANTH, BIOL, BMOL, BOT, EEB, GEOS, ZOOL or related fields as approved by the supervisory committee and by the coordinator of the EEB doctoral program.4-5
EEB 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination1
EEB 693 Dissertation30
Total66