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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Field Ecology Major (B.A.)

Major code BA2119

College of Arts and Sciences  
Environmental and Plant Biology  
Porter Hall 315
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1126

Harvey Ballard, contact person

Program Overview

The B.A. degree in field ecology is designed for students interested in the plant sciences and who desire a broad liberal education. In addition to providing a strong background in field ecology, the program offers students experience in a variety of marketable skills, including plant identification, vegetation survey techniques, and GIS. The flexibility in this program allows for either a minor or second major in another discipline, such as economics, business administration, computer science, anthropology, sociology, geography, geological sciences, or biological sciences.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The Field Ecology program prepares students for entry-level environmental science jobs immediately after graduation. Graduates have jobs in environmental monitoring, rare-plant surveys, high school teaching, project management for nonprofit organizations, park management, and tree care. Students are strongly encouraged to select the internship option in order to enhance job prospects. Listings of internship opportunities can be found at the following websites:


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Environmental and Plant Biology Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 48 semester hours of PBIO coursework (excluding PBIO 2170, 2200, 2250, and 2840), including all of the requirements below.

Plant Biology Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Plant Physiology

Complete one of the following courses:

PBIO Professional Skills

Complete the following courses:

PBIO Research

Complete one of the following for a minimum of 2 hours:

PBIO Specialty Courses

 Complete the following:


Complete one of the following courses:

PBIO Electives

Complete three additional PBIO courses at the 2000 level or higher (excluding PBIO 2170, 2200, 2250, 2840, 4910, 4940, 4941).

Extradepartmental Requirements

Biological Sciences

Complete one of the following courses:


Complete the following courses:

Geography or Geology

Complete one of the following courses:


Complete the following course: