What can I do with an EBIO major?

Students often ask - What kind of career can I have with an EBIO major.  The answer: A lot! 

Here are some career paths that are normally undertaken by EBIO graduates:

  • Pursue graduate studies in a wide range of disciplines
  • Pursue a veterinary degree
  • Enroll in medical or dental school
  • Work for local, state, and federal resource agencies - like Colorado Division of Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and Boulder County Open Space
  • Work live animal facilities, including Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, the Denver Zoo and Aquarium
  • Work as an environmental educator: our students are prepared to teach community classes, at science camps, or in public outreach.
  • Pursue teaching at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels: our major, with the right course selections, can fulfill the requirements for biology secondary education licensure. (More info)
  • Pursue a career in environmental law: use your biology knowledge to help conserve natural resources using the legal system.


Benefits of an EBIO Major

Our department takes great pride in supporting undergraduate scholarly endeavors, training students for careers in research and professional fields, and communicating the significance of biology to those around them. EBIO coursework is geared towards students attaining specific educational outcomes, including, but not limited to:

  • Learning how to think like a biologist: Through our rigorous coursework, students learn how to develop a sophisticated appreciation for the nature of biological processes, and how to synthesize a range of biological concepts and ideas.
  • Developing critical thinking skills:  Our coursework helps students develop analytical and critical thinking skills, including hypothesis generation and testing.
  • Becoming an effective communication:  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a highly collaborative field.  As such, our coursework gives students the opportunity to develop high level writing and oral communication skills.  We offer writing intensive courses which focus specifically on crafting scientific writing.  In these courses, you will present research findings in poster symposia or in small seminar courses.

Click here to view the EBIO Major Information Sheet

Click here to view the EBIO Minor Information Sheet

Honors Information

What is unique about the University of Colorado Boulder EBIO program?

  • Student focused: we have one of the lowest faculty-to-student ratios in biology. We provide our students with personal attention and help place students in labs to work with faculty.
  • Flexibility: students can take classes outside the major that count for EBIO credits, which lets them explore other fields or double major.
  • The Mountain Research Station: students live in cabins on site and immerse themselves in field studies for three weeks in either summer or winter. See the Mountain Research Station website for more information.
  • Study Abroad: many conservation-based programs result in credit within the EBIO major.
  • Honors Program: we have an excellent honors program in the department with many project opportunities, an array of funding sources, and significant guidance from a faculty mentor.