Core Curriculum

Students must complete a minimum of 5 core courses during their first six academic quarters.

Two of those courses are required graduate level courses that all students
must take: Quantitative Methods (E207) and Writing Grant Proposals (E204).

In addition students must take one course each in the areas of Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution.

Although all three courses can be taken at the graduate level, one of the three courses may be taken as an upper division undergraduate course in a field in which students have not taken any previous undergraduate courses.

If a student wishes to request an exception (an exemption or substitution), s/he must submit a written request to the Graduate Advisor. Once approval has been given, the student must submit a General Petition found at to Graduate Division.

2023-2024 Offerings of Approved Core Curriculum Courses

Evolution, undergraduate courses
E135 (Molecular Evolution): Not offered in 2023-2024
E137 (Genetics of Complex Traits): Spring 2024
E153 (Functional and Structural Evolutionary Genomics): Fall 2023
E154 (Genetics & Human History): Winter 2024
E168 (Advanced Evolutionary Biology): Spring 2024

Ecology, Undergraduate courses
E118 (Ecosystems Ecology): TBD
E151 (Pop Dynamics in Ecology, Epidemiology, and Medicine): Not offered in 2023-2024
E166L (Ecology Lab): Fall 2023
E186L (Population and Community Ecology): Fall 2023

Physiology, Undergraduate courses
E109 (Human Physiology): Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024
E127 (Plant Physiology): Fall 2023
E134 (Microbiomes): Spring 2024
E138 (Comparative Animal Physiology): Not offered in 2023-2024
E139 (Animal Sensing & Motion): Spring 2024
E145 (Animal Coloration and Vision): Winter 2024
E183 (Exercise Physiology): Winter 2024
E188 (Insect Physiology): Not offered in 2023-2024

Eco Evo 207 (Quantitative Methods): Fall 2023
Eco Evo 204 (Writing Grant Proposals): Spring 2024

Ecology, Graduate courses
E205 (Special Topics in Ecology): Spring 2024

Evolution, Graduate course
E206 (Special Topics in Evolution): TBD
E203B (Puzzles in Modern Biology): Winter 2024
E203B (Genetics): Winter 2024

Physiology, Graduate courses
E208 (Ecol & Evol Physiol): Not offered in 2023-2024
E227 (Physiological Plant Ecology): Fall 2023
Physio 206 (Intro Medical Physiology) and Anatomy 201 (Human Gross Anatomy): Not offered in 2023-2024

Departmental seminar series
Most quarters there is a Departmental Seminar Series (Eco Evo 201), where seminars are presented by research scientists from UCI as well as other universities.
All graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend these seminars.

Advanced graduate courses
The department offers advanced graduate seminar courses (eg: 210, 221, 223, 235, 285)
in evolution, ecology, statistics and comparative physiology.