Ecology and Field Biology

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Earn your degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Field Biology at Pittsburg State.

Gain hands-on experience in the natural world. Pairing fieldwork with labs, students conduct research on the behavior and ecology of organisms. 

Through the ecology and field biology courses conduct research projects, collect meaningful data, and master field techniques used in the workforce.

What is an ecologist?

Ecologists study the interactions and relationships between living organisms and their environment. Their duties may include:

  • Monitoring wildlife populations
  • Determining the impact of human activities on natural systems
  • Analyze data to draw conclusions about ecological patterns
  • Communicating research to policymakers

Ecologists use a variety of methods to gather data. They conduct field observations, experiments, and build mathematical models to understand and predict the behavior of ecological systems. 

Ecology jobs that Pittsburg State graduates find:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Research Scientists and Research Assistants
  • Park Naturalist
  • Restoration Ecologist
  • Natural Resource Manager

This track is recommended for students pursuing a career in zoology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, wildlife biology, conservation, and more. 

Classroom topics in the Ecology and Field Biology emphasis:

  • Physiological ecology
  • Natural selection
  • Population biology
  • Ecosystem dynamics
Combining both lab and field activities, this program gives students a hands-on, interactive look at the relationships between organisms. 


About Biology Department

We have undergraduate programs covering the range of modern biology including: pre-health (pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-vet, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant), medical laboratory sciences, cell and molecular biology, wildlife biology, fisheries and aquatic sciences, botany, ecology, and secondary education.

There are almost 400 students in the undergraduate program and about 20 in the graduate division. The Department of Biology has 13 full-time faculty with a wide range of interests. The faculty are dedicated and committed to Pittsburg State University and the department, but most importantly, to students. Most faculty are actively engaged in research activities, national professional organizations, and professional service.

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