Ecology

Required Courses

Ecology Ph.D. and master's students are required to successfully complete courses in Ecology (Advances, Classical, Colloquium), Ecology-Related Core Areas (Physiological Ecology, Population Ecology, Community/Ecosystem Ecology), and Statistics, as well as the SARI online component. Differences between Ph.D. and master's requirements are detailed below and in the degree-specific sections of this website. (If you are seeking a minor in Ecology, please refer to the relevant requirements). The Ecology program Graduate Academic Course Plan is available here

1a) ECLGY 515 Advances in Ecology

  • All Ph.D. and master's students must successfully complete Advances in Ecology. Advances in Ecology must be taken during the first fall semester of enrollment in order to fulfill the SARI instructional module.

1b) SARI (Scholastic and Research Integrity) online component

  • All Ph.D. and master's students must successfully complete the online component of the SARI course during their first semester of study.
  • This online course can be found at http://www.citiprogram.org/ and takes several hours to complete. Select the "Responsible Conduct of Research" test and the "Biomedical" option.
  • A copy of the student's completion report must be submitted to the Ecology Program office and the course instructor of ECLGY 515. 

2) ECLGY 510 Classical Ecology

  • All Ph.D. students must successfully complete Classical Ecology. Classical Ecology is offered in the fall semester and should be taken during the first year of study.
  • Master's students may take Classical Ecology at the recommendation of their adviser and with the approval of the course instructor on a space available basis. 

3) ECLGY 590 Ecology Colloquium

The Ecology Colloquium helps students develop scientific communication skills, and is a required course for Ecology master's and Ph.D. students. Communication with colleagues is an essential part of the scientific process. Ecology 590 is a 1-credit seminar class intended to provide Ecology graduate students with an opportunity to present their research to their peers. All presentations need to have some type of ecological context. Goals of the class are to provide practice and feedback for communicating research in a scientific forum and allow constructive feedback on research ideas and results. The colloquium schedule is available here

  • Ph.D. students must successfully complete four semesters of Ecology Colloquium as a registered participant (presentation required).
  • Master's students must successfully complete two semesters of Ecology Colloquium as a registered participant (presentation required).
  • Regular participation in Colloquium is expected of all Ecology graduate students even in the semesters when they are not officially registered for the course.
  • Oral presentations at a national or international scientific meeting may be substituted for a Colloquium presentation (up to 1 substitution for master's and up to 2 substitutions for Ph.D. students). Student must fulfill registration requirements even when a substitution is approved. Additional details may be found in the Ecology Handbook. 

4) Core Courses:

  • All Ph.D. and master's students must successfully complete a total of two core courses (6 credits) chosen from the following three categories. It is recommended, for breadth of knowledge, that these two courses come from different categories.

Molecular, Physiological, Behavioral, and Evolutionary Ecology

  • BIOL 406 Symbiosis (fall & spring)
  • BIOL 446 Physiological Ecology (spring)
  • ENT 597B Concepts and Techniques in Molecular Ecology
  • ENT 597D Insect Chemical Ecology (fall, even)
  • ERM 444 Environmental Biophysics (fall, odd)
  • FOR 409 Tree Physiology (spring, odd)
  • HORT 445 Plant Ecology (fall)
  • HORT/PLBIO 514 Modern Techniques and Concepts in Plant Ecophysiology (spring)
  • HORT 517 Ecology of Plant Roots (fall, odd)
  • PPEM 440 Environmental Microbiomes: Concepts and Analysis Tools (fall)
  • SOILS 512 Environmental Soil Microbiology (spring)

Population and Community Ecology

  • AGRO 510 Ecology of Agricultural Systems (spring)
  • BIOL 412 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (fall)
  • BIOL 482 Coastal Biology (spring)
  • BIOL 519 Ecological and Environmental Problem Solving (spring, even)
  • ENT 420 Introduction to Population Dynamics (fall, odd)
  • FOR 508 Forest Ecology (spring, even)
  • WFS 560 Population Estimation and Modeling (fall & spring)

Ecosystem, Landscape and Global Ecology

  • ERM 435 / WFS 435 Limnology (fall)
  • GEOG 411W Forest Geography (fall, odd)
  • GEOG 414 Principles and Applications in Landscape Ecology (fall & spring)
  • GEOG 510 Fire, Ecosystems, and People (fall 2017 only)
  • GEOG 550 Wetlands Ecology and Management (spring)
  • SOILS 571 Ecosystem Nutrient Cycles (fall, even)
  • WFS 585 Applied Spatial Ecology (spring)

5) Statistics

  • All Ph.D. students need to successfully complete two advanced level Statistics courses.
  • All master's students need to successfully complete one advanced level Statistics course.
  • Courses that fulfill this requirement must be 400- or 500-level courses. Introductory courses (eg, STAT 451) do not fulfill this requirement.

The Department of Statistics offers a range of applied and theoretical statistic courses. Other courses that Ecology students have found useful to meet their statistics requirements include:

  • ENT 535 Statistical Techniques in Entomology (fall)
  • GEOG 464 Advanced Spatial Statistics (spring)
  • STAT 502 Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments (fall & spring)
  • STAT 505 Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis (fall)
  • STAT 510 Applied Time Series Analysis (fall)
  • STAT 511 Regression Analysis and Modeling (fall)
  • STAT 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments (spring)
  • WFS 597B Quantitative Methods in Ecology (spring)
  • WFS 560 Population Estimation and Modeling (fall & spring) 

6) Additional Ecology-related courses that you may consider as you develop a program of study with your Committee

Agronomy 

  • AGECO 497A (HORT) Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture (spring, even)
  • AGRO 597D World Agroecosystems (fall, odd)
  • AGRO 410W Crop Science (spring)
  • AGRO 510 Ecology of Agricultural Systems (spring)
  • AGRO 518 Response of Plants to Environmental Stress (fall, odd)

Biology 

  • BIOL 406 Symbiosis (spring)
  • BIOL 412 Ecology Of Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 414 Taxonomy Of Seed Plants
  • BIOL 415 Ecotoxicology
  • BIOL 427 (GEOSC) Evolution
  • BIOL 428 Population Genetics
  • BIOL 429 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 436 Population Ecology And Global Climate Change
  • BIOL 446 Physiological Ecology (spring)
  • BIOL 450w Experimental Field Biology
  • BIOL 463 General Ecology
  • BIOL 464 (ANTH) Sociobiology
  • BIOL 482 Coastal Biology
  • BIOL 499a (IL) Tropical Field Ecology
  • BIOL 505 Statistical Methods In Evolutionary Genetics
  • BIOL 519 Ecological And Environmental Problem Solving
  • BIOL 542 (ENT, W F S) Systematics
  • BIOL 545 Ecosystem Dynamics
  • BIOL 593 (ANTH;ENT) Tropical Field Studies (Organization For Tropical Studies)

Entomology 

  • ENT 425 Freshwater Entomology
  • ENT 497B Insect Biodiversity and Evolution
  • ENT 518 Insect Natural History and Field Ecology (fall course taught at end of summer)
  • ENT 597B Concepts and Techniques in Molecular Ecology (spring)
  • ENT 597D Insect Chemical Ecology

Environmental Resource Management

  • ERM 413w Case Studies In Ecosystem Management
  • ERM 450 Wetland Conservation (fall)

Forestry 

  • FOR 409 Tree Physiology (spring, odd)
  • FOR 421 Silviculture: Applied Forest Ecology (fall)
  • FOR 430 (W F S) Conservation Biology (fall)
  • FOR 455 Remote Sensing And Spatial Data Handling (fall)
  • FOR 466w Forest Resource Management (spring)
  • FOR 508 Forest Ecology (spring, even)
  • FOR 521 Advanced Silviculture: Managing Forest Ecosystems (spring)

Geography 

  • GEOG 501C Research Perspectives in Human-Environment Geography
  • GEOG 509 Population Geography Seminar
  • GEOG 510 Tropical Forest Dynamics (spring)

Geoscience 

  • GEOSC 542 Quantitative Methods in Hydrogeology

Horticulture 

  • HORT 402W Plant Nutrition (spring)
  • HORT 445: Plant Ecology (fall)
  • HORT 514: Modern Techniques and Concepts in Plant Ecophysiology (spring)
  • HORT 517: Ecology of Plant Roots (fall, odd)

Meteorology 

  • METEO 563 Bioclimatology

Plant Biology 

  • PLBIO 512 Plant Resource Acquisition And Utilization
  • PLBIO 513 Integrative Plant Communication And Growth
  • PLBIO 514 (HORT) Modern Techniques And Concepts In Plant Ecophysiology
  • PLBIO 515 Modern Techniques And Concepts In Plant Cell Biology
  • PLBIO 516 Modern Techniques And Concepts In Plant Molecular Biology

Sociology 

  • SOC 423 Social Demography
  • SOC 523 Internal and International Migration

Soils 

  • SOILS 412w Soil Ecology (fall)
  • SOILS 415 Soil Mapping And Land Use (fall)
  • SOILS 416 Soil Genesis (fall, even years)
  • SOILS 512 Environmental Soil Microbiology (spring, odd years)
  • SOILS 516 Soil Genesis Field Component; after Spring Semester classes end; 1 week
  • SOILS 597c Soil Properties And Functions (fall)

Wildlife and Fisheries Science 

  • WFS 407 Ornithology
  • WFS 408 Mammalogy
  • WFS 409 Mammalogy Laboratory
  • WFS 422 Ecology of Fishes (fall)
  • WFS 430 (FOR) Conservation Biology (fall)
  • WFS 446 Wildlife And Fisheries Population Dynamics
  • WFS 447 Wildlife Management
  • WFS 452 Ichthyology
  • WFS 453 Ichthyology Laboratory
  • WFS 460 Wildlife Behavior (fall)
  • WFS 463 Fishery Management
  • WFS 536 Freshwater Field Ecology
  • WFS 542 Systematics
  • WFS 552 Systematics and Evolution of Fishes
  • WFS 560 Population Estimation and Modeling