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.  Graduates of the EBIO program are well-positioned to pursue a wide range of careers that include graduate school, science education, wildlife biology, conservation biology, resource management, environmental consulting, and environmental law.

Here at CU, our coursework is geared towards students attaining specific educational outcomes.  These include:

  • 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.
  • 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.


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:

  • Attend Graduate school in ecology or evolutionary biology
  • Veterinary school
  • Medical School
  • Work for local, state, and federal resource agencies - like Colorado Division of Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and Boulder County Open Space
  • Work in wildlife rehabilitation: facilities such as Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and other facilities are great places to get experience.
  • Environmental education: our students are prepared to teach community classes, at science camps, or in public outreach.
  • Biology education: our major, with the right course selections, can fulfill the requirements for biology secondary education licensure. (More info)
  • Environmental law: use your biology knowledge to help conserve natural resources using the legal system.
  • Work at live animal facilities: Work at the Denver Zoo and Aquarium.

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