EBIO Major and Minor

Welcome to EBIO!

We are a small department that is very student friendly where we help our students get field, laboratory, and teaching experience while they are in the major. We also have an excellent EBIO honors and independent study program where students can conduct research under the guidance of our faculty. Our professors are highly committed to undergraduate education and enjoy teaching and working with students. Explore our faculty profiles to learn more about exciting research in EBIO.

What are classes like?

Because EBIO prides itself on a faculty with diverse interests there are many classes to choose from! Most students start with the required courses, such as General Biology, Ecology, and Evolution. As you progress in the major, you will find more discipline-specific classes that allow you to tailor your education as an EBIO major; some student favorites include Animal Behavior, Ecosystem Ecology, and our interdisciplinary film class on global warming. Click here to see more possibilities. Lower level classes tend to be larger, ranging from 25 to 150 students; class sizes decrease to 15 to 30 students for upper division classes.

What can I do with an EBIO major?

  • Graduate school in ecology or evolutionary biology: this is the century of biology with an incredible pace of discovery. It is an amazing time to be a biologist and an important time to contribute to our scientific understanding of Earth's natural systems.
  • Medical or dental school, pharmacy, or nursing: our major results in a broad understanding of biology and is very flexible by allowing students to take classes in other biology departments.
  • Veterinary school: our students often combine their EBIO coursework with volunteer work at veterinary clinics
  • Work for local, state, and federal resource agencies - like Colorado Division of Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and Boulder County Open Space and Mountain Parks.
  • Work in wildlife rehabilitation: facilities such as Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and other facilities are great places to get experience.
  • Environmental education: our students are prepared to teach community classes, at science camps, or in public outreach.
  • Biology education: our major, with the right course selections, can fulfill the requirements for biology secondary education licensure.
  • Environmental law: use your biology knowledge to help conserve natural resources using the legal system.
  • Work at live animal facilities: our students work at the Denver Zoo and Aquarium, among other animal care facilities and federal agencies.

Find lots more information on our careers page.

Want to explore a customized project that may lead to an Honors thesis? - EBIO Honors Flyer

What is unique about the EBIO major?

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  • Student focused: we have one of the lowest faculty-to-student ratios in biology. We provide our students with personal attention and help place students in labs to work with faculty.
  • Flexibility: students can take classes outside the major that count for EBIO credits, which lets them explore other fields or double major. See the second page of the EBIO Major Information Sheet for a list of classes.
  • The Mountain Research Station (MRS): students live in cabins on site and immerse themselves in field studies for three weeks in either summer or winter. See the MRS website.
  • Study Abroad: many conservation-based programs result in credit within the EBIO major.
  • Honors Program: we have an excellent honors program in the department with many project opportunities, an array of funding sources, and much guidance within the program.

Why Minor in EBIO?

  • The minor is only 20 credits of EBIO, which allows students to complement their major with a biology emphasis. See minor requirements form: EBIO Minor requirements worksheet.
  • Biology is becoming a critical feature in most aspects of business, communications, and green energy technology.