Ecology & Environmental Biology Track
The fields of ecology and environmental biology are of increasing importance in understanding our changing world. This track emphasizes the study of interrelationships among organisms and between organisms and their natural environments. In this specialized concentration, students will learn about complex ecological interactions and environmental processes through their course work in Field Ecology and Environmental Toxicology.
Careers in Ecology and Environmental Biology:
Students graduating with this emphasis often enter graduate programs, or begin work directly in fields such as resource management, fisheries and wildlife biology, public health, pollution abatement, conservation, and environmental education.
Students will have opportunities to conduct research with Biology faculty members on a variety of topics in the laboratory and field. Examples of student research experiences within their courses at LHUP include applying GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to environmental questions, examining the effects and consequences of human impacts on the environment, identification of organisms (bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals), and training in career related environmental fields (wildlife management, water quality, etc). Students have the opportunity to conduct innovative research in their area of interest. Independent study research topics include human impacts on the environment, territoriality behavior in vertebrates, and species diversity in aquatic habitats.
LHUP is a member of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, and LHUP students may take courses during the summer at the field station located near Wallops Island, Virginia.