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Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Concentration within the Biology major prepares students for a career in the environmental sciences with a combination of classroom learning of key biological concepts and hands-on training through field exercises, internships, service learning and research. Small class sizes and caring faculty enhance the educational experience at Wilmington College.

On campus, Wilmington College offers an arboretum, natural area, stream, greenhouses, and research farms for environmental studies. In addition, Wilmington is located centrally to many areas of ecological interest for study. Easy access to the major metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus provide a variety of additional opportunities to research and internships. Wilmington College offers opportunities for international study as well.

Biology and Environmental Sciences faculty member Dr. Kendra Cipollini is a widely recognized expert on invasive species. She speaks on the subject during a PBS broadcast in 2011. Click here for her presentation.

Recent student projects include:

  • Watershed quality assessment of Little Miami River, Birch Creek and Yellow Springs Creek in Glen Helen Nature Preserve through water quality and biological sampling.
  • Ecological restoration through invasive species control at Caesar Creek Gorge Natural Area
  • Evaluation of horse riding impacts and recommendations for improvement at Glen Helen Nature Preserve

A total of 53 hours with grades of “C-” or better in all courses is required. Courses other than those offered only as pass/no pass may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis for this major.

Required Courses: Common Core 25 hours.

Concentration Requirements: 28 hours

Required course:

ES332 Ecology and Conservation Biology (4)

Required: 8 hours of the following.

BI330G-NS Animal Diversity (4)

BI333 Plant Biology (4)

ES350 Advanced Topics in Field Biology (4)


ES350G-NS (repeatable when topics vary for a total of 8 hours)

Required: 16 hours from the following.

BI330G-NS Animal Diversity** (4)

BI333 Plant Biology** (4)

BI336 Evolution (4)

BI338 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)

BI340 Animal Physiology (4)

BI343 Microbiology and Immunology (4)

BI346 Genetics (4)

BI349 Parasitology (4)

BI350 Advanced Topics for Biology Majors (4)

BI434 Molecular Biology (4)

** may be taken if not chosen above

Required: Proficiency Exam during sophomore and senior year.