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Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

Ecology Minor

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Ecology is a branch of Biology that studies the relations of organisms to one another and to their environment. RPI has a substantial depth in Ecological research and faculty expertise, as well as Institute-wide initiatives such as the Jefferson Project. The Institute offers a minor in Ecology to all students consisting of 16 credit hours, as noted below.

Minor Requirements

  • BIOL 4970 Non-Thesis Research or BIOL 4990 Senior Research Thesis Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote below)
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See list of accepted courses below)

Restricted Elective (Select 1)

Select one elective from the following list. Other options by approval of Ecology Minor Faculty (email


Independent Research can be conducted over multiple semesters or during The Arch Summer Semester. Topics studied must be ecological in nature, and research should be 10-12 hours per week during a single standard semester, equivalent to four credit hours of course credit. Experience should include presenting a poster or presentation. Faculty can be from Biology or other department, but non-Biology faculty must be approved by the Ecology Minor Faculty (email

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