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Undergraduate

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists recognize that all life has evolved and that an understanding of the factors influencing the origin and maintenance of biological diversity − from genomes to ecosystems − underlies all life sciences and is critical to our stewardship of life on this planet.

The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) aims to produce citizens who are literate in the ecological and evolutionary principles that form the foundation for understanding life on Earth, how human and natural factors influence nature, and how changes to nature influence public health, the economy, and other societal priorities.

The EEB programs of study prepare students in these foundations of life science for future careers in data science, research, medicine and healthcare, government agencies, environmental and conservation non-profits, and many other industries.

Programs of Study

Selecting EEB as a Specialist, Major or Minor

The EEB Department offers five core Programs of Study (POSt): Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (Specialist and Major); Biodiversity & Conservation Biology (Major), Environmental Biology (Major and Minor).

Courses

The EEB Department offers a diverse collection of over 50 courses that explore biological diversity, conservation biology, molecular evolution, population and quantitative genetics, computational and statistical data analysis, genomics, animal behaviour, the ecology of populations, communities, and ecosystems, mathematical theory in biology, environmental biology, and systematics.

Research Courses

Our students are encouraged to participate in cutting-edge research. Research opportunities are available to students in their second, third, and fourth years, throughout the year.

Field Courses

One to two are offered each year to locations such as the New World tropics, Algonquin Park, and U of T’s Koffler Scientific Reserve (north of Toronto).

Scholarships & Awards

Northrop Frye

Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

First awarded in 2001, the Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology enables an outstanding student who has recently completed BIO120H to spend four months (May to August) in the laboratory of a faculty member. 

Peer Mentorship

Peer Mentorship Program

Connects incoming second year students into the department by pairing them up with an upper-year undergraduate. 

Career Exploration

Career Resources

To help you plan your career path, build your resume, and gain experience while you are an EEB undergraduate.