The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's ecology and environmental biology degree is an excellent major for those curious about nature, passionate about doing science in the great outdoors and eager to make the world a better place.
Through lab work, field experience and real-world projects, you'll explore new places, pursue novel ideas and solve global environmental problems. Access to an on-campus greenhouse, as well as Eau Claire's abundance of lakes, streams, forests and wildlife areas, offers new perspectives and ways of learning.
Research and exploring the unknown is highly encouraged in this program. Opportunities to collaborate with faculty and partnerships with major organizations give you the power and freedom to discover the next big thing.
You'll also make a difference. Your knowledge of environmental science can be applied to important societal concerns in the management of wildlife and fisheries, protection and restoration of habitats, environmental law and policy and environmental education. Whether you're preparing for a career in education, research, consulting or natural resource management, you'll gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to succeed.
There are thousands of dollars in scholarships available for students seeking a biology degree from UW-Eau Claire. For those studying ecology and environmental biology specifically, we offer scholarships like the Kurt & Karen Fish Biology Research Scholarship. This $1,000 award is given to an outstanding ecology and environmental biology student conducting undergraduate research.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your ecology and environmental biology degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Ecology and environmental biology program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- Biology Club
- Molecular Movement
- Pre-Professional Health Club
- Reef Team
- Tri Beta Society
State-of-the-art facilities. As a UW-Eau Claire ecology and environmental biology major, you'll be able to work in spaces that inspire you. Our on-campus greenhouse — exclusively reserved for biology majors — provides a space for you to grow your own plants and conduct research. We're also just a quick walk away from Putnam Park State Natural Area.
Exceptional collections. Explore hundreds of thousands of specimens right on campus. UW-Eau Claire is home to extensive collections of amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, invertebrates, mammals and birds as well as saltwater aquaria and a herbarium.
Research collaboration and real-world experience. Limitless research opportunities await you at UW-Eau Claire. The biology department's faculty-student research program has given students the opportunity to work on projects across the state, the country and internationally. Many biology students have then used their research to conduct independent studies, co-author publications and present results at professional scientific meetings.
Supportive faculty and individualized learning. Courses are taught by passionate, enthusiastic professors who know and love their fields. Through creative projects and local field trips, they go out of their way to immerse you in the diverse world of ecology and environmental biology. Small class sizes help you form relationships and gain an even more personalized education.
Fascinating curriculum and learning opportunities. Explore unique and interesting topics like animal behavior, Wisconsin wildlife, eDNA, wildflowers, GIS and more. You'll also have opportunities to study abroad, participate in national student exchanges and secure an internship. Field course experiences may take you to places like Belize, Costa Rica, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes or the Bahamas.
Many UW-Eau Claire alumni are out in the field on a daily basis exploring and discovering the unknown.
Where are ecology and environmental biology alumni now?
- Natural resources educator, Willow River State Park, Wisconsin
- Planner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin
- Regional plant biologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota
- Endangered wildlife biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota
- Owner, Endangered Resources, LLC, Wisconsin
Ecology and environmental biology careers
- Environmental consultant
- Research scientist and assistants
- Park naturalist
- Restoration ecologist
- Natural resource manager
- Field technician
- Wildlife or fish biologist
- University professor
The bachelor’s degree program in ecology and environmental biology provides engaging, field-oriented learning that will provide you with the quantitative and qualitative skills necessary for scientific inquiry, conservation and ecological application. Our goal is to foster your curiosity and set you up with the knowledge necessary to find a career you will love.
Classes for ecology and environmental biology majors may include:
- Freshwater Ecology
- Conservation Biology
- Wisconsin Wildlife
- Trees and Shrubs
- Invertebrate Zoology
Learn more about the comprehensive ecology and environmental biology major in the UWEC course catalog.
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