The field of ecology explores the interactive web of organisms and the environment. Studies in evolution consider the processes by which modern organisms have developed from ancestral ones. Studying Ecology and Evolution is a good choice for students interested in the fundamental questions of the evolutionary origins of organisms and how they survive, or don't survive, in their changing habitats.
Students have the opportunity for in-depth study of the morphological and physiological adaptations of a variety of animals, plants and microorganisms to a changing world, the ecological relationships of organisms from the individual to the global scale, and the mechanisms that drive evolutionary change. Field-based coursework at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology is available. Students will be prepared for jobs at government environmental agencies, commercial consulting and testing firms, waste management industries, research laboratories, and natural history and science museums or may go on to further studies.