good schools for ecology/botany?

<p>Looking for a college in eastern US to study ecology, botany, environmental science or something similar. SAT score 2210, any suggestions? Not too particular about size of college/whatnot</p>

<p>There are a ton of colleges with biology and environmental science and environmental studies programs. You'll have to get particular about some characteristics in order to narrow down the field.</p>

<p>I'll go ahead and suggest Rhodes for the fact that botany is a core component of its biology program, it has environmental studies and environmental science programs, and its campus is a certified level 4 arboretum. Your scores are an easy match and you'd likely be looking at some merit money.</p>

<p>As lynx said, there are many places to study botany, ranging from SUNY ESF to WUStL to Wisconsin to Cornell. I suggest you narrow down a bit what you're looking for in a college. </p>

<p>In terms of what to look for in a program, I recommend looking for:</p>

<p>-- An ecology track within a biology program (NOT just a generic "ecology/evolution" track)
-- At least three or four faculty members working in organismal biology
-- Field-based courses (field botany, vertebrate zoology with fieldwork, etc.)
-- Useful facilities (herbariums, phytotrons, etc.)
-- At least two or three ecology and/or botany courses offered every semester beyond the generic "intro ecology" courses</p>

<p>You'll find that these criteria will quickly knock out many colleges, including several prestigious ones with supposedly great biology programs. </p>

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I'll go ahead and suggest Rhodes for the fact that botany is a core component of its biology program

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Glancing through courses back to 2006, botany offerings at Rhodes seem to be nonexistent aside from the occasional course in mycology (technically not botany) and an even more rarely offered course in ethnobotany. Hardly impressive or unusual. That said, I'm sure it's a perfectly decent place to do undergraduate work in ecology.</p>

<p>Wisconsin has a very good botany dept with a S/F ratio of about 2:1 for undergrads. Also nice classic building in great location. 25-30 undergrad classes per term.</p>

<p>Botany</a> Department - Undergraduate Study</p>

<p>Enviro studies major</p>

<p>Nelson</a> Institute | About the Environmental Studies Major</p>

<p>warblersrule gives good advice on specifics to look at, though when you start requiring a certain number of faculty or courses in a sub-discipline, you're eliminate virtually all small colleges. That's not necessarily a bad thing if size doesn't matter to you, but just be aware of the fact.</p>

<p>As to "core component", I meant that litterally, it's a component of the core biology curriculum: Biology I is (or at least used to be) botany. I apologize for that phrase coming across as though the college has an unusual specialization in botany.</p>