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    Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog 
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science with a major in Ecology

Program Overview

The major in ecology provides students with the opportunity to intensively explore current diverse topics such as biodiversity, aquatic resources, environmental pollution, toxicology, invasive species, natural resource conservation, and sustainability; and through unique laboratory and field experiences they will learn state of the art techniques in experimental methodologies for monitoring, sampling, and accessing ecosystems. The program of study will provide excellent preparation for those pursuing advanced degrees or employment in ecology and other environmental fields. To enhance professional development and employment potential, students are encouraged to obtain specialized training by participating in basic and applied research in various areas of ecology such as plant physiology and genetics, aquatic and marine ecology, wildlife biology, and many more focused topics.

Program Contact
Dr. Richard Griner
Admissions Information

For more information on admissions requirements, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

Progression & Graduation Requirements
  • Double or triple majors, or major-minor combinations, that combine biology, cell and molecular biology, and/or ecology are not permitted.
  • A grade of C or better required in all Area F, required lower division, major concentration, and upper division elective courses.
  • Required lower division courses (may be used in the Core Curriculum) and spill over hours from Area F.
  • Satisfactory completion of the ETS Major Field Test
  • If a student does not successfully complete a biology course after two attempts (i.e., he/she receives a D, F, W, or WF), the student will be limited to specific registration times for any subsequent attempts. Any student meeting these criteria will not be allowed to register for the course until the last day of late registration. Appeals may be made to the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in hardship cases.
  • Major concentration hours & upper elective hours must total at least 43 hours.
Program Information
Program Length: 4 Years
CIP Code: 26.1301
Program Code: 1BS-ECOLOGY
Major Code: ECOL

Core Areas A - E: 42 Hours

For more information on Core Curriculum Areas A-E, see Core Requirements .

Required Lower Division Courses: 2‑16 Hours

A grade of C or better is required in all courses.

Major Concentration: 30-32 Hours

A grade of C or better is required in all courses.

Select three upper-division Biology courses. At least two must be 4 hour courses, and at least one must come from each of the following lists:

Terrestrial Electives

Aquatic Electives

Upper Division Electives: 14 Hours

  • A grade of C or better is required in all courses.
  • To be chosen with the assistance of the student’s faculty advisor.

Free Electives: 14-17 Hours

Wellness Graduation Requirement: 4 Hours

Students who transfer to Augusta University with less than 60 credit hours must complete the Wellness Requirement.

Total Hours for the Degree: 124 Hours