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BS in Evolution and Ecology The Ohio State University



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The evolution and ecology major focuses on the descent and interrelationships of organisms, including plants, animals, and microorganisms. 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.

Career Prospects in Evolution and Ecology

Graduates of the evolution and ecology program may pursue careers for which a liberal education is the prerequisite. With a BS, most of the jobs available are at an entry level 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, or 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 major 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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BS in Evolution and Ecology.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$34,989.00 (26,21,988) per year

Tuition fee includes an International Undergraduate Student Fee of USD $1,464 per semester, assessed to provide academic and support services for international students.


25 Aug, 11 Jan


College of Arts and Sciences

186 University Hall,

230 North Oval Mall,



43210, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have 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, Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community, Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement, Status as a first-generation university student, Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area and High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors. English proficiency level TOEFL: 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test and IELTS: 6.5 or higher

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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