Biosciences (Green) Track

The Environmental Biosciences Track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a good knowledge of biotic systems and the ability to inventory biologic resources. This track aims to produce scientists capable of tackling environmental problems in which links/interactions with life sciences are crucial and a greater knowledge of biological/ecological sciences is required. It also lays a strong foundation for graduate or professional training in disciplines such as ecology, wildlife management, and natural resource management. Students must complete at least 33 s.h. of Environmental Biosciences Track course work, including one 4 s.h. field course at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.

For help planning your courses, please see the green track's Example Plan of Study, or contact the ES Program's undergraduate academic advisor, Hannah Whitcomb: 

Students who plan to apply to graduate programs may consider supplementing this degree with courses in Organic Chemistry and Physics.

Environmental Biosciences Foundation

All three of these courses:

BIOL:2374 Biogeography 3 s.h.
BIOL:2512 Fundamental Genetics 4 s.h.
BIOL:3172 Evolution 4 s.h.

and at least 9 s.h. from these:

BIOL:4373 Molecular Evolution  
EES:3030 Conservation Paleobiology 3 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
EES:3220 Evolution of the Vertebrates 3 s.h.
EES:4440 Phylogenetics and Biodiversity 3 s.h.
EES:4700 Evolution of Ecosystems 3 s.h.
Intro to Applied Remote Sensing OR
Intro to Environmental Remote Sensing
3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation 3 s.h.
GEOG:3350 Urban Ecology 3 s.h.


Environmental Biosciences Field Study

At least 3 s.h. from the list below. New Lakeside Laboratory (IALL) courses are added regularly; check with your advisor to see if a course not listed below will count toward your major):

Field Ecology
3 s.h.
ENVS:3096 Winter Ecology 2 s.h.
ENVS:3097 Introduction to Bird Study 2 s.h.
IALL:3034 Topics in Ecology and Sustainability 2 s.h.
IALL:3103 Aquatic Ecology 4 s.h.
IALL:3105 Plant Taxonomy 4 s.h.
IALL:3109 Freshwater Algae 4 s.h.
IALL:3115 Field Mycology 4 s.h.
IALL:3117 Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms 4 s.h.
IALL:3121 Plant Ecology 4 s.h.
IALL:3122 Prairie Ecology 4 s.h.
IALL:3126 Ornithology 2 s.h.
IALL:3128 Fish Ecology 4 s.h.
IALL:3129 Vertebrate Ecology and Evolution 4 s.h.
IALL:3144 Ecosystems of North America 4 s.h.
IALL:3160 Restoration Ecology 4 s.h.
IALL:3163 Conservation Biology 4 s.h.

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory is located in northwestern Iowa on Lake Okoboji. It offers unique summer educational opportunities, including the courses listed above. Information on Lakeside Lab courses is on ISIS, but registration is handled separately via the Lakeside Lab website. Note that you need to register for Lakeside Lab courses before mid-April (registration begins in January). If you have a GPA of at least 2.5, you also should apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of room and board.


Environmental Biosciences Electives

At least 6 s.h. from the following list. Additional field courses or foundation courses may also be used for elective credit:

BIOL:1261 Introduction to Botany 4 s.h.
BIOL:3244 Animal Behavior (with or without lab) 3 or 5 s.h.
BIOL:3663 Plant Response to the Environment 3 s.h.
BIOL:3676 Evolution Lab 4 s.h.
BIOL:3994 Introduction to Research ARR
BIOL:4999 Honors Investigation ARR
CEE:2150 Natural Environmental Systems 3 s.h.
CEE:5440 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology  3 s.h.
CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry I 3 s.h.
CHEM:3110 Analytical Chemistry I 3 s.h.
CHEM:3120 Analytical Chemistry II 3 s.h.
EES:2200 Historical Geology 3 s.h.
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
EES:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans 3 s.h.
EES:3210 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology 3 s.h.
GEOG:3310 Landscape Ecology 3 s.h.
GEOG:3320 Wetlands: Function, Geography and Management 3 s.h.
GEOG:3570 LiDAR: Principles and Applications 3 s.h.
STAT:6513 Intermediate Statistical Methods 3 s.h.

Students may petition their Environmental Science advisor to use other appropriate 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level courses as electives.

Policy Course

At least 3 s.h. from the following list: 
BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs 3 s.h
ECON:3330 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics 3 s.h.
EES:1115 Energy and Society: History and Science of Oil 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence 3 s.h.
GEOG:3750 Environ Quality: Science, Tech, & Policy 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 Environmental Impact Analysis 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice 3 s.h.