Cal Poly Pomona

Options-in Environmental Biology


The Environmental Biology major is designed for students who want to help solve the environmental problems threatening the organisms and life support systems of our planet. Students are able to specialize by selecting most of their upper-division courses from one of three clusters. The Conservation Biology cluster prepares students to identify and protect critical habitat, manage rare and endangered species, and design ecological preserves. The Ecosystem Ecology and Management cluster equips students to conduct ecological field research, manage natural resources on public and private lands, and assess environmental impacts of proposed actions. The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology cluster emphasizes laboratory research to assess water and air quality, transport and fate of pollutants, and environmental health in general. See Clusters...


The Botany curriculum offers a four-year sequence of foundation courses plus electives to provide the fundamentals of plant sciences as well as the flexibility to permit selection of courses for several lines of study. Such versatility covers the major disciplines of plant science: physiology, morphology and systematics, and also provides for careers in mycology, pathology, ecology, field biology, plant biotechnology and similar occupational areas which require a strong background of basic plant studies. Of considerable advantage to the program are the various distinct plant communities available nearby for field study. Other centers of botanical study and resources close at hand include the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum, Huntington. See Department for specific requirements...


The curriculum in Zoology provides a solid background for graduate studies, as well as providing a strong premedical, predental, and preveterinary preparation. In addition, it prepares students for careers in biomedical and biotechnology research or fish and wildlife management. After completion of general courses in biology and zoology, students may specialize in one of two broad areas of study: Physiology and Neuroscience or Biodiversity and Systematics. The Biodiversity and Systematics cluster is designed for students with career aspirations in fish and wildlife management, as well as students who plan to pursue graduate degrees in these areas. Teaching and research activities include utilization of the following exceptional resources: modern computer facilities; the San Dimas Experimental Forest, administered by the U.S. Forest Service; a marine laboratory and two oceanographic research vessels operated by the Southern California Marine Institute; the Desert Studies Center near Baker in the Mojave Desert, operated by the Desert Studies Consortium; and the Voorhis Ecological Reserve on campus. The new BioTrek facility provides opportunities for students to view adaptations of terrestrial and aquatic animals to the tropical rainforest environment. See Department for specific requirements...