University Catalog 2023-2024

Applied Ecology (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The minor in Applied Ecology is intended for students interested in applying ecological concepts and principles to solving real-world problems. Students with expertise in applied ecology will be well equipped to address local and global challenges associated with a wide variety of important issues such as water quantity and quality, natural resource management, environmental conservation and restoration, climate change, and maintenance of biodiversity. To receive a minor in Applied Ecology students will be required to complete challenging courses and an in-depth research experience.

For admission, students should first complete BIO 181 and BIO 360 with letter grades of C-. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.

Administration of the Minor

Erin McKenney
Minor Coordinator
Department of Applied Ecology
126 David Clark Laboratory

SIS Code: 11AECM

Plan Requirements

For admission, students should first complete BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity and AEC 360 Ecology with letter grades of C- or better before contacting the Minor Coordinator.

For completion:

  •  All letter-graded courses must be completed with a C or better.
Required Courses7
Applied Ecology
Elective Courses6
Special Topics in Applied Ecology
Freshwater Ecology
Introduction to Fisheries Science
Biology of Fishes
Advanced Special Topics in Applied Ecology
Marine Biology
Wildlife Management
Water Resources: Global Issues in Ecology, Policy, Management, and Advocacy
Field Ecology and Methods
Crop Science
Introduction to Agroecology
Crop Ecology
Advanced Agroecology
An Introduction to the Honey Bee and Beekeeping
Insects and Human Disease
Basic Entomology
General Entomology
Wildlife Habitat Management
Conservation of Natural Resources
Fisheries Techniques and Management
Coastal Ecology and Management
Urban Wildlife Management
Tropical Wildlife Ecology
Principles of Wildlife Science
The World of Horticulture: Principles and Practices
Gardening with Herbaceous Perennials
Ornamental Plant Identification I
Ornamental Plant Identification II
Environmental Issues in Water Resources
Introduction to Oceanography
Oceanography Lab
Introduction to Coastal Environments
Introduction to Coastal Environments Laboratory
Ecology of coastal Resources
Natural Resource Measurements
Humans and the Environment
International Sustainable Resource Use
Watershed and Wetlands Hydrology
Plant Life
Plants and Civilization
Local Flora
Plant Biology
Systematic Botany
Rare Plants of North Carolina
Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
Research Experience3-6
External Learning Experience in Applied Ecology
Internal Learning Experience in Applied Ecology
Total Hours16-19