General advice for undergraduates interested in Ecology and Evolution


Photo: Bumble bee pollinating flower.

Photo: Collecting soil core.

Photo: Juvenile grasshopper.

Ecology is the study of interactions among organisms and between organisms and the environment. It is a broad field that includes many levels of biological organization, from individuals (behavior and physiology) to populations (population dynamics) to communities (collections of species) to ecosystems (communities and their abiotic environment). As such, it incorporates a much wider range of concepts, questions and approaches than other biological disciplines such as cell biology or biochemistry. Ecology provides the conceptual framework for dealing with a wide range of environmental problems facing humanity.


Most students who take this class at UH are juniors or seniors. If you are interested in pursuing a career in ecology or evolutionary biology, however, you should consider taking this course as a sophomore so that you will have time during your undergraduate career to take additional ecology and evolution courses and get exposed to research in an ecology and evolution laboratory.


2013 Ecology syllabus



Updated 1/2013