Organismal Biology

This major provides a research-and-field-oriented background for students interested in research careers in either physiology or ecology/ evolution and their allied fields. For further information, consult with the organismal biology/ ecology faculty,

Student Learning Outcomes

The Organismal Biology major of the Keck Science Department provides students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them as citizens to effectively engage and evaluate biological science issues and innovations in the wider world, and to take leadership roles in fields including research, health and veterinary professions, and environmental management.

An Organismal Biology Major should be able to:

  • 1. Articulate the foundational scientific principles and findings in physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.
  • 2. Apply foundational principles, especially evolution, in different biological subdisciplines
  • 3. Clearly communicate scientific principles orally and in writing
  • 4. Apply critical, analytical, and scientific thinking skills, including:
    i. develop scientific questions and apply a variety of research tools and methods for answering them
    ii. read/understand original research
    iii. use quantitative approaches to data analysis, presentation, and modeling; application of quantitative/analytical tools
  • 5. Articulate how science relates to current problems in the modern world, especially contemporary concerns such as conservation biology, climate change, and ecosystem degradation.

Learn more about the Organismal Biology major at Keck Science Department Website.