The study of evolution deals with both the historical path of evolution from pre-biotic earth to the present, and the processes contributing to evolutionary change, such as natural selection, genetic drift and historical events. Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with other organisms and with their environment. It is one of the key sciences contributing to the broader field of conservation biology and the maintenance of biodiversity.
Graduates of the evolution and ecology program may pursue careers for which a liberal education is the prerequisite. With a bachelor’s degree, students most likely begin at an entry-level job in the life sciences and biology, such as research assistant, technician or staff member in a research laboratory or in a private company dealing with biological or pharmacological research; in biological supplies and services; or in science journalism and technical writing. For positions at a more advanced level, training at the professional or graduate level is usually necessary.
Careers particularly appropriate for students completing the evolution and ecology program include those dealing with the environment and conservation, such as ecological assessment and research, state or federal environmental agencies, zoos and aquaria, and conservation organizations.
The Evolution and Ecology program at The Ohio State University provides a good foundation for advancement to greater responsibility as a research scientist or manager through on-the-job experience or graduate study. Positions with private consulting firms and nonprofit organizations are also open to evolution and ecology majors, and, depending on a student’s interests and background, might include such things as research or writing environmental impact statements.
Evolution and ecology students who go on to obtain advanced degrees may also choose careers as research scientists or college professors. In the private sector, a master’s degree may be sufficient for a position in research or product development. Other career pathways include pursuing a professional degree in medicine, public health, veterinary medicine or other health-related field; in environmental law; or in education.
Evolution and ecology students who plan to teach in the life sciences at the middle-school or high-school level may obtain a master’s degree in education with one year of graduate work.
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Requirements for the evolution and ecology major cover both supportive courses in biology, chemistry, math, statistics and physics, as well as core requirements within the major itself.
Core courses provide a strong foundation in the most fundamental aspects of evolution and ecology, and electives permit students to go more deeply into specific areas of interest or into courses that prepare them for their post-baccalaureate career. Core requirements include:
- three specific courses—evolution, ecology and integrated biology
- one advanced course in mathematics or statistics
- four additional courses (two in biodiversity and two in evolution and ecology) from a selection of appropriate courses
- 48 months
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DisciplinesBiodiversity & Conservation Ecology View 124 other Masters in Biodiversity & Conservation in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Successful completion of university preparatory courses
- High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
- Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores
- Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
- Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)
- Status as a first-generation university student
- High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
International36430 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National33502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 33502 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
In-State11508 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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