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Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

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

  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See list of accepted courses below)

Restricted Elective

Choose one elective from the following list. Other options by approval of Ecology Minor Faculty - email EcologyMinor@rpi.edu


  1. 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 4 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 at EcologyMinor@rpi.edu

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