Minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Upon completing the minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of biology with particular emphasis on ecology and evolutionary biology.
  2. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to interpret and communicate the results of biological research.
  3. Demonstrate the critical thinking and analysis skills necessary to evaluate published and proposed research in the biological sciences.

Requirements for the Minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Students pursuing the minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology must complete:

  • A minimum of 7 courses (20 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) at the 300-level or above. 

The minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is intended for the numerous Rice students with an avid interest in ecology and evolutionary biology but whose major interests are in other departments.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor (or official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology20

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
BIOC 201INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY3
EBIO 202INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II3
EBIO 213INTRO EXPERIMENTAL ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY2
Elective Requirements
Select 4 from the following:12
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
ECOLOGY
INSECT BIOLOGY
EVOLUTION OF GENES & GENOMES
ANIMAL BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY
BIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
EVOLUTIONARY BIOINFORMATICS
EVOLUTION
PLANT DIVERSITY
GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES
INTRODUCTORY PHYCOLOGY
APPLIED PHYCOLOGY
CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS
TRANSFER CREDIT IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
ADVANCED ECOLOGY
Total Credit Hours20

 Policies for the Minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Advising 

Rice University policies are governed primarily by the General Announcements; students are encouraged to look there first for academic policies. Advising information specific to the Department of BioSciences can be found at the department website by clicking on the tab for Undergraduate Studies: http://biosciences.rice.edu/.

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology should be aware of the following program restrictions:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.
  • Students pursuing the major in Biological Sciences may not declare the minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Request for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

For additional information, please see the BioSciences website: http://biosciences.rice.edu/.  

Opportunities for the Minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Research in the BioSciences

Research is highly encouraged for all biosciences majors, and there are many opportunities for independent research at Rice. Information about research for credit and research internships specific to the Department of BioSciences can be found at the department website, by clicking on the link for Undergraduate Studies, at: http://biosciences.rice.edu/.

For additional information, please see the BioSciences website: http://biosciences.rice.edu/.