Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs



What is Conservation/Ecology?

Conservation/Ecology is the study of the interactions among organisms and their environment. One of the broadest fields in the biological sciences, ecology involves extensive fieldwork, laboratory investigations and theoretical modeling. Ecology serves as the cornerstone for many natural-resource disciplines including:

  • Wildlife Management
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Environmental Education

What Will I Study?

Florida Tech ecology students obtain training in the broad range of disciplines needed for comprehensive evaluation of complex ecological issues. In addition to courses like microbiology, genetics and biochemistry, ecology majors take a series of courses emphasizing population, community and marine ecology.

All ecology courses include hands-on studies in field and laboratory settings. Experimental design and methods of data analysis are emphasized and extensive use is made of local habitats with exceptionally high biodiversity.

What Courses Will I Take?

Review the core courses online at the University Catalog. In addition to the required program core courses, elective courses can be selected in biology, chemistry, environmental science and oceanography.

What Research Opportunities are Available?

In addition to research opportunities provided through our Office of Sponsored Programs and other university sources, we offer unique and exciting field research opportunities as part of the curriculum.

An important component of the ecology program is the opportunity for students to experience and learn about the ecosystems around the world. Conservation/

majors are required to take at least two summer field courses; students in other disciplines are encouraged to enroll in these courses as well:

  • Tropical Ecology of Costa Rica
  • Tropical Ecology of Peru
  • Field Biology and Ecology in Africa
  • Australian Ecosystem Ecology
  • Smoky Mountains
  • Florida Barrier Islands
  • Bahamas Reef Ecology
  • Rocky Mountains

What Can I do with a Degree in Conservation/Ecology?

Students in our program are fully prepared to find employment with:

  • Government agencies (EPA and state agencies)
  • Environmental consulting companies and industry
  • Environmental organizations

You may also wish to continue onward and pursue graduate education right here at Florida Tech. Students graduating from our programs have also gone on to study at a number of universities around the country. A few of these include:

  • University of Florida
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Miami
  • University of Texas
  • University of South Florida