May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Evolution, Ecology and Behavior PhD

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Evolution, ecology and behavior focuses on the study of complex social, cultural, and natural interactions in the environment, and how those interactions change over time. This interdisciplinary program brings faculty and students with research and teaching interests in these fields for a coordinated approach to graduate education along two tracks. The Ecology Track applies scientific principles and methods to topics, including the evolution of biodiversity over space and time and the effects of climate change on ecosystems. The Sustainability Track integrates investigates political-ecological transformations, science in society, and community-based sustainability solutions.

Ecology Track Curriculum

Required Core (2 credits)

Choose 3 courses from the following list:

Required Formal Courses (16 credits)

Courses to be approved by Major Advisor (all graduate courses in APY, BIO, EVS, GEO, GLY, PSY are automatically approved).

Electives and Dissertation (up to 42 credits)

Elective courses, Research or Dissertation Guidance in consultation with your dissertation advisor

Sustainability Track Curriculum

Recommended Courses (16 credits)

Credits may be earned through formal a combination of coursework, independent study or other experiential learning as approved by Major Advisor. All graduate courses listed below are automatically approved.

Electives and Dissertation

Elective courses, Research, or Dissertation Guidance in consultation with your dissertation advisor

Total Credit Hours: 72

3.0 Degree GPA required

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 72 Hours


  • 5 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Program Contact

Gabrielle Jaquays
834 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-3350

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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