Courses provide students an opportunity to study plants and animals in both laboratory
and field environments. Field courses primarily have focused on animals and have included
extended field trips to various parts of the United States, Mexico, Trinidad, and
These courses take classes to new and exotic habitats and are the experience of a
lifetime for many students. Students get the chance to see first-hand the ecological
principles that they learned in the classroom. They use state-of-the-art field techniques
to design and conduct experiments in classes such as General Biology and Wildlife
Ecology or develop their own research projects in one-on-one mentorship arrangements
with research faculty.
During the summer, several courses are offered which include Field Techniques in Vertebrate
Ecology, River and Stream Ecology, and Local Floral of Tennessee. Students comment
that besides being informative and enriching, courses that include extended periods
in the field provide them with some of the most unique and lasting memories they have
of their college experience. Course work is available through the Department of Biology
to meet the requirements for B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
Graduates of this program now occupy prestigious professional positions throughout
the world, including directors of federal research and extension programs, university
professors, state and federal fisheries and wildlife biologists, research positions
at museums, zoos, and international programs.
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