BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

University Core C42
Designated Core C
Calculus I
Choose one of the following sequences:
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
and
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
or
General Physics I
and General Physics II
or
Introductory Mechanics
and Introductory Electromagnetism
Required Courses: 130
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology
and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Professional Development Sem.
Genetics
Evolution
Ecology Laboratory
and Ecology
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Calculus II
Elementary Statistical Methods
Select eight lower-division hours from: 2,C8
General Botany
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Upper-division courses #14
Select one course from the following:
Plants and People
Plant Ecology
Plant Diversity & Systematics
Upper-division course #23
Select one course from the following:
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Animal Ecology
Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Birds and Mammals
Major Electives
Select seven to nine credit hours of which seven must be upper division hours of BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 9
Field of Study:
Select twenty-four hours with at least thirteen hours must be upper-division; any courses in CHEM, ESCI, GEOG, GEOP, or additional courses in BIOL, BOT, MICR or ZOOL are recommended; courses from all other subjects require departmental approval 24
Total Hours120

Concentrations

7-12 Life Science Certification 

The two Secondary Education Concentrations are for —Biological Sciences majors wishing to achieve secondary education certification as they complete the BS degree.  These options require a minor in Secondary Education that follows certification tracks for either Science or Life Science for grades 7-12. The major and minor requirements for these tracks are the same, but the additional science requirements are different for the Science versus Life Science certification. Adequate scores on state-administered examinations after completion of all coursework are also required for teacher certification. A UTEP overall and content area GPA must be at least 2.75 for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. 

  • Education Concentration Required
    This minor requires the Secondary Education concentration.
    Background Check Required
    A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
    Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
    Required Courses: 1
    MATH 1411Calculus I4
    Select one of the following sequences:
    GEOL 1211
    GEOL 1111
    Principles of Earth Sciences
    and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
    3
    AND
    GEOL 1212
    GEOL 1211
    Principles of Earth Science
    and Principles of Earth Sciences
    4
    OR
    PHYS 1403
    PHYS 1404
    General Physics I
    and General Physics II
    8
    OR
    PHYS 2420
    PHYS 2421
    Introductory Mechanics
    and Introductory Electromagnetism
    8
    University Core Curriculum
    Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
    Biology Major
    Required Courses:
    BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
    BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
    BIOL 1305General Biology3
    BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
    BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
    BIOL 3320Genetics3
    BIOL 3321Evolution3
    CHEM 1305
    CHEM 1105
    General Chemistry
    and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
    4
    CHEM 1306
    CHEM 1106
    General Chemistry
    and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
    4
    CHEM 2124Lab for Organic Chemistry 23241
    CHEM 2324Organic Chemistry3
    MATH 1312Calculus II3-4
    or STAT 2480 Elementary Statistical Methods
    Required:4
    Ecology
    and Ecology Laboratory
    Select two courses of the following:8
    General Botany
    General Microbiology
    and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
    Vertebrate Zoology
    Invertebrate Zoology
    Select one of the following:4
    Mammalian Physiology
    and Vertebrate Physiology Methods
    Molecular Cell Biology
    and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
    Select one of the following:4
    Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
    Animal Ecology
    Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
    Birds and Mammals
    Select three hours from the following or another course with advisor approval:3
    Desert Ecology
    Special Problems
    Field Biology
    Additional Coursework:
    Select one or two additional hours of coursework1-2
    Secondary Education Minor
    Required Courses:
    BED 4317Tch & Empwr ELLs in Sec Schls3
    EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
    RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
    SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
    SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
    SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
    Total Hours120

7-12 Science Certification

The two Secondary Education Concentrations are for —Biological Sciences majors wishing to achieve secondary education certification as they complete the BS degree.  These options require a minor in Secondary Education that follows certification tracks for either Science or Life Science for grades 7-12. The major and minor requirements for these tracks are the same, but the additional science requirements are different for the Science versus Life Science certification. Adequate scores on state-administered examinations after completion of all coursework are also required for teacher certification. A UTEP overall and content area GPA must be at least 2.75 for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. 

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 111
Calculus I
Select one of the following sequences:3
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
AND
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
OR
General Physics I
and General Physics II
OR
Introductory Mechanics
and Introductory Electromagnetism
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Biology Major
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
BIOL 3117Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3316Ecology3
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
4
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
4
MATH 1312Calculus II3-4
or STAT 2480 Elementary Statistical Methods
Select two Courses of the following:8
Human Anat/Physiology I
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I
General Botany
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Select one of the following:3
Plants and People
Plant Ecology
Plant Diversity & Systematics
Select one of the following:3
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Animal Ecology
Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Birds and Mammals
Additional Coursework:
Select an additional four upper-division hours of BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 24
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
BED 4317Tch & Empwr ELLs in Sec Schls3
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework 2
Total Hours120