Environmental Biology majors study plants and animals with regard to their structure and functioning, evolution, and relationship to the environment. The emphasis in the department is on integrative biology with foci on ecology and evolution. Our faculty is concerned with broad questions relating to comparative biology. Students seek to understand the mechanisms and effects of organic evolution; the interactions among plants, animals, and the environment; and the effects of human activities on the biosphere. The Environmental Biology major is a course of study intended for students who are planning for professional positions and/or further education focused on conservation biology, environmental preservation, human health, and public policy.