Explore the ecology and environmental biology degree program at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers an ecology and environmental biology (EEB) degree to anyone curious about nature and passionate about doing science in the great outdoors. Are you someone who enjoys studying wildlife, spending time in lakes and streams, or quantifying and conserving grassland and forest communities?  If that is you, you've come to the right place for your bachelor's degree. We prepare our environmental biology majors with the tools and skills they need to be successful. In fact, we will give you real-life experience in both the lab and the field to learn how to explore, generate and communicate biological knowledge.

Our ecology majors excel at going beyond their comfort zone to explore new places, pursue novel ideas and solve global environmental problems. Below you'll find some examples of what students in our bachelor's degree program are up to and just how cool it is to be a biology major at UW-Eau Claire.

Galapagos Research

Blugolds rescue threatened wildlife in the Galapagos Islands

Biology majors at UW-Eau Claire took their studies on the road to make a difference in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Student interns worked directly with the Charles Darwin Research Foundation to help discover solutions to a variety of problems ranging from overfishing of local waters and restoration of overgrazed vegetation to helping scientists save the declining bird population suffering from introduced nest parasites. These experiential opportunities allowed for our biology students to get out in the field, do community service, conduct research and truly make a difference, not only for the plants and animals but for the islands as a whole. It's through opportunities like these that biology majors are able to get an education beyond the classroom and put their knowledge into practice.

Ecology and environmental biology degree scholarships and financial aid

UW-Eau Claire offers scholarships to biology and environmental science majors as a way to help them pay for their education. We strive to recognize students who are hard-working with a desire to transform their education into something more than just a piece of paper. 

Ecology and environmental biology degree scholarships

There are thousands of dollars in scholarships offered to students seeking a biology major 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 reward is given to an outstanding biology student studying and conducting undergraduate research in the area of ecology and environment.

Learn more about additional biology scholarships available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the financial aid applications and payments as seamless as possible. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of your Business degree. Get in touch with our financial aid staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central—Our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC

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Quick Facts

Ecology and environmental biology program details
  • Program length: Four years
  • Availability: Campus


Student organizations
  • Biology Club
  • Conservationists
  • Molecular Movement 
  • Pre-Professional Health Club
  • Reef Team
  • Tri Beta Society

Ecology and environmental biology bachelor’s degree program highlights

State of the art facilities. When you're a biology student in the ecology and environmental biology program at UW-Eau Claire you will have the opportunity to work in facilities that will inspire you. We are especially proud of our greenhouse located on campus. This space is reserved for ecology and biology majors and houses countless plants grown by biology majors. A unique aspect of this greenhouse is that you can grow your own plants to use for any research project you can think of. From start to finish, you will have the power and freedom to discover the unknown about any subject.

Research collaboration and faculty who care. In the biology department at UW-Eau Claire, you will have countless options for research collaborations with faculty. Courses are taught by passionate, enthusiastic professors that know and love their fields. Whether you are into wildlife and/or wildflowers, eDNA and/or GIS just to name a few areas, our faculty will immerse you in the diverse world of ecology and environmental biology. We not only work to prepare you for careers in education, research, consulting, and natural resource management but also for graduate studies, namely through our collaborative faculty-student research opportunities.


Acres of natural area right on campus


Square feet of on-campus greenhouse space

What jobs can you get with an ecology and environmental biology degree from UW-Eau Claire?

If you are a person who enjoys studying the outdoors, an environmental science degree is right for you. Many UW-Eau Claire alumni are out in the field on a daily basis exploring and discovering the unknown. We want to foster your curiosity and set you up with the knowledge necessary to find a career you will love.

Where are ecology and environmental biology degree alumni now?

Ecology and environmental biology careers

UW-Eau Claire is such a friendly and supportive campus that it allows every student to have meaningful relationships with faculty, other students and the community. As a Blugold, I have learned so much from my professors, other students and about myself. These relationships and experiences have helped me become who I am today.

Katelyn Kleutsch | Biology

Ecology and environmental biology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

The bachelor’s degree program in ecology and environmental biology provides engaging field-oriented learning that will prepare you with the quantitative and qualitative skills necessary for scientific inquiry, conservation and ecological application. Upper-level classes for this major are small, hands-on, and innovative.

Graduation requirements for ecology and environmental biology degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
University Residency Requirements (30 credits)
Core Requirements for All Biology Majors (9 credits)
Required Courses (30 credits)
Physical Sciences (12 credits)

View more in UWEC course catalog.

Top classes for ecology and environmental biology degree majors

Biological Field Studies
Freshwater Ecology
Conservation Biology
Wisconsin Wildlife
Trees and Shrubs
Vegetation Ecology
Invertebrate Zoology

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