Summer Sessions | Courses | Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Course information is posted for 2021. Please check back at a later time for updated 2022 course offerings.

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

The E3B Department emphasizes a multi-disciplinary perspective to understand life on Earth from the level of organisms to global processes that sustain humanity and all life. The summer course offerings include topics related to ecosystem science, behavioral and community ecology, and areas of plant and animal systematics.

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021
Courses
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BIODIVERSITY
EEEB1001S001 3 points.
An introduction to the enormous diversity of life on Earth. From bacteria to mammals, this course will survey species diversity, with an emphasis on ecological interactions and conservation. The course will also use basics of genetics and evolutionary biology to explore how diversity is generated and maintained. No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills a science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB1001S001 001/10680 Summer B Subterm Th 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
James Fuller
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
BIODIVERSITY
EEEB1001S002 3 points.
An introduction to the enormous diversity of life on Earth. From bacteria to mammals, this course will survey species diversity, with an emphasis on ecological interactions and conservation. The course will also use basics of genetics and evolutionary biology to explore how diversity is generated and maintained. No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills a science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB1001S002 002/10681 Summer B Subterm We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Steffen Foerster
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
BIODIVERSITY
EEEB1001S003 3 points.
An introduction to the enormous diversity of life on Earth. From bacteria to mammals, this course will survey species diversity, with an emphasis on ecological interactions and conservation. The course will also use basics of genetics and evolutionary biology to explore how diversity is generated and maintained. No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills a science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB1001S003 003/14301 Summer B Subterm Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Leo Douglas
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
BEHAVIOR BIOL-LIVING PRIMATES
EEEB1011S001 3 points.

The study of nonhuman primate behavior from the perspective of phylogeny, adaptation, physiology and anatomy, and life history. This course focuses on the four main problems primates face: Finding appropriate food, avoiding being eaten themselves, reproducing in the face of competition and dealing with social partners. No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills a science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates. Field trip: Date TBD. Trip to zoo—during class time; students pay for public transportation , Note: Separate registration is not required for discussion section.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB1011S001 001/10717 Summer B Subterm Tu 01:00 PM–05:20 PM
Th 01:00 PM–05:20 PM
Mo 01:00 PM–05:20 PM
Tu 01:00 PM–05:20 PM
Th 01:00 PM–05:20 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jenna Lawrence
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
THE LIFE AQUATIC
EEEB1115S001 3 points.

Water covers the majority of the earth’s surface but what of the life in these waters? Rivers, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and oceans provide habitat for an extraordinary diversity of animals. This course explores the amazing array of aquatic animals that occupy both freshwater and marine ecosystems as well as the natural and human activities that impact their survival. No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills the science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates. Field trip: Date TBD. Students pay for public transportation.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB1115S001 001/10682 Summer B Subterm We 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Mercer Brugler
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
THE LIFE AQUATIC
EEEB1115S002 3 points.

Water covers the majority of the earth’s surface but what of the life in these waters? Rivers, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and oceans provide habitat for an extraordinary diversity of animals. This course explores the amazing array of aquatic animals that occupy both freshwater and marine ecosystems as well as the natural and human activities that impact their survival. No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills the science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB1115S002 002/12913 Summer B Subterm We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Mo 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Meredith Kintzing
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
EEEB3087W001 3 points.

Prerequisites: Science majors should have completed one introductory course that covers biology, ecology, evolution or conservation priort to taking this course. Non-science majors should have some exposure to these same topics but are not required to have taken courses in advance of this class.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB3087W001 001/10678 Summer A Subterm We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Alexandria Moore
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
Biological Basis of Human Variation
EEEB3970W001 4 points.

This is a seminar highlighting current topics in human biological variation.  Student presentations and directed discussions will explore the evidence for human variation at the molecular, phenotypic, and behavioral levels, how that diversity is distributed geographically, and the factors responsible. 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB3970W001 001/10679 Summer A Subterm Th 09:00 AM–11:10 AM
Tu 09:00 AM–11:10 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jessica Manser
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
EEEB3998W001 3 points.
Students conduct research in environmental biology under supervision of a faculty mentor. The topic and scope of the research project must be approved before the student registers for the course.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
EEEB3998W001 001/11503 Summer A Subterm Tu 12:10 PM–02:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jessica Manser
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
Hybrid