Why Study Biology - Ecology and Organismal Biology?

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Ecology and organismal biology is the study of plant, animal and bird behavior in nature. At UW-River Falls, our award-winning Biology Department offers a biology major option in ecology and organismal biology where you’ll have access to hands-on learning opportunities including relevant and interesting course options, internships and research work as early as your first semester.


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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the language and significance of scientific information in the field of biology.
  • Verify scientific knowledge and recognize the importance of detail, accuracy and honesty in scientific reporting.
  • Practice collaboration, oral presentation, scientific writing and laboratory safety skills.
  • Gain experience with modern research and scientific methods.
  • Develop proficiency with state-of-the-art equipment and data interpretation.

Types of Courses

  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Entomology
  • Freshwater Biology
  • Ichthyology
  • Identification of Plants
  • Ornithology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Wildlife Biology
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Potential Careers

With a biology – ecology and organismal biology degree, you’ll be ready for a career in wildlife and natural resource management. Examples of future roles include:

  • Ecologist
  • Evolutionary Biologist
  • High School/Middle School Teacher
  • Hydrologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

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