Biology - Ecology and Evolution

Dr. Sherri Morris
Department Chair
sjmorris@bradley.edu

The Degree

Bradley’s Department of Biology offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology.  The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to comprehend and utilize the interdisciplinary nature of scientific investigation, and emphasizes active, investigative learning techniques. Programs are designed for students interested in:

  • evolution
  • population biology
  • conservation biology
  • ecosystems
  • community ecology
  • sustainability
  • molecular ecology
  • environmental science

Curriculum

The undergraduate program offers experimentation in:

  • animal physiology
  • behavioral ecology
  • ecosystems ecology
  • cell biology
  • physiological ecology
  • evolutionary ecology
  • plant population biology
  • genetics
  • microbiology

In addition to the requirements for the biology major, to receive the ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB) concentration, students must have a grade point average of greater than or equal to 3.2 in their major. Students must also complete a year-long, EEB-related research project. Prior to graduation, the Biology Department’s curriculum committee will review the completed research project to ensure the students have conducted research appropriate for the concentration.

Opportunities at Bradley

All biology majors are engaged in a curriculum that requires inquiry approaches for solving a wide range of environmental concerns. EEB students have laboratory experiences, which are enhanced with field trips to a wide range of local habitats for activities and research opportunities. The extra coursework and research experiences allow students in this concentration advanced content knowledge and hands-on practice that allow them to be excellent candidates for graduate programs or employment in environmental careers.

Biology majors are encouraged to “go global.” Within the Biology Department, the most extensive study abroad options are offered in Denmark. The University of Denmark in Copenhagen is an ideal destination for biology students and offers programs in the following disciplines:

  • Marine biology and ecology
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Environmental biology
  • Medical practice and policy

Beyond Bradley

Bradley biology graduates enjoy a 92 percent placement rate. Biology majors’ acceptance into graduate and professional schools is outstanding. Graduates are accepted into many prestigious graduate programs, including programs offered at:

  • Harvard University
  • Washington University
  • Northwestern University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • University of Chicago