Majoring in Molecular Environmental Biology

Molecular approaches are expected to play an increasing role in environmental problem-solving in the near future, and their success will depend upon a sound understanding of biological principles from molecular through ecological levels. Offered by the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) Department, the Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) major is designed to train students in the organization and function of biological organisms and their integration into the environment.


Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) introduces students to the organization and function of biological organisms at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological levels. In this major, students learn how to apply biological principles to understand how organisms function in their environment. A classic pre-medical or pre-health science major, MEB offers six areas of concentration within biology: (1) animal health and behavior, (2) global change biology, (3) ecology, (4) environmental and human health, (5) insect biology, and (6) biodiversity. Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM).

To declare this major for Rausser students or for non-Rausser students to Change College and declare this major, please see instructions on this page.

What will I study?

MEB majors choose from among six different emphases depending on specific interests and career plans:

  • Animal Health and Behavior
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Insect Biology
  • Global Change Biology

What can I do with this major?

MEB graduates acquire a broad foundation across a breadth of biological core areas, which gives them especially valuable scientific training. The Molecular Environmental Biology degree prepares students well for graduate education in a biological area, or for careers related to biology and the environment, such as:

  • scientific research in government, industry, or academia
  • biological assessment for various governmental agencies
  • environmental consulting firms

Graduates can also pursue a range of careers extending beyond the field of biology, such as

  • human or veterinary medicine
  • health professions
  • environmental or science education
  • non-technical work in writing, illustration, photography, sales, or legislation