• July 24, 2014

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
Arizona State U.
Biology
42 70 37 78 25 69 58 80 16 43
Arizona State U.
Plant Biology
72 92 30 80 93 94 22 54 37 83
Bingham-
tonton U. (SUNY)

Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
62 89 50 86 12 74 83 91 44 69
Brown U.
BIOMED: Ecological and Evolutionary Biology
20 59 26 70 4 35 14 40 33 57
Colorado State U.
Ecology
7 41 4 29 30 73 38 69 13 44
Columbia U.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
9 48 29 83 23 74 1 3 65 88
Cornell U.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
22 62 13 53 49 80 33 65 15 48
Dartmouth College
Biology-EEB
8 40 10 48 2 39 29 62 13 43
Drexel U.
Environmental Science
32 68 71 93 7 62 7 23 8 37
Duke U.
Ecology
3 10 2 10 3 48 83 90 1 4
Emory U.
Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution (PBEE)
11 51 9 45 17 74 32 67 26 56
Florida State U.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
56 85 17 68 62 87 85 91 59 78
George Washing-
ton U.

Biological Sciences
68 91 56 91 75 91 1 6 76 91
Harvard U.
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
2 8 2 11 5 41 26 55 3 14
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
3 14 2 17 12 54 7 25 3 14
Iowa State U.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
58 86 37 83 44 80 15 44 40 62
Kent State U. Main Campus
Biological Sciences - Ecology
88 94 74 94 78 92 33 71 39 67
Michigan State U.
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior
12 50 16 60 8 47 45 74 4 21
Michigan State U.
Fisheries and Wildlife
32 69 40 86 21 59 25 54 44 68
Michigan State U.
Zoology
21 57 49 84 8 52 24 59 15 43
Mississippi State U.
Wildlife and Fisheries (degree: Ph.D. in Forest Resources)
48 87 41 87 1 10 87 93 60 90
Montana State U. at Bozeman
Fish & Wild Life Biology
85 93 46 88 70 89 91 94 85 94
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
40 76 38 80 8 64 29 60 35 62
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Zoology
44 76 42 85 23 74 1 7 61 89
Old Dominion U.
Ecological Science
57 85 35 80 72 90 73 84 60 79
Oregon State U.
Fisheries Science
51 88 22 74 40 88 84 90 76 92
Oregon State U.
Wildlife Science
63 90 39 86 72 92 67 83 69 87
Oregon State U.
Zoology
10 44 12 49 41 82 18 53 21 48
Oregon State U.
Environmental Sciences
57 83 80 94 5 45 2 7 78 92
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Ecology
24 62 19 62 15 61 62 83 30 56
Princeton U.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
1 4 1 4 4 39 44 74 2 14
Purdue U. Main Campus
Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology
31 65 47 80 59 89 55 82 52 76
Purdue U. Main Campus
Wildlife and Aquatic Sciences
6 36 6 47 51 86 42 68 70 91
Rice U.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
12 42 16 52 6 49 2 9 45 70
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Ecology and Evolution
48 73 29 65 44 80 38 66 20 46
San Diego State U. and U. of California at Davis
Ecology
16 56 18 71 2 29 20 57 25 71
State U. of New York at Stony Brook
Ecology and Evolution
24 61 19 61 18 64 35 62 32 55
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
69 90 60 91 35 86 74 85 61 79
Tulane U.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
70 89 65 90 66 89 68 85 72 89
U. of Alabama
Biological Sciences
53 84 56 90 3 43 11 33 46 73
U. of Alaska at Fairbanks
Biosciences
30 67 22 71 53 84 25 64 36 63
U. of Arizona
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
8 37 10 44 30 77 13 40 19 46
U. of California at Berkeley
Environmental Science, Policy and Management
4 20 11 55 22 68 7 21 4 19
U. of California at Berkeley
Integrative Biology
9 36 12 47 16 65 17 41 3 17
U. of California at Davis
Animal Behavior
51 78 59 91 52 83 2 12 9 41
U. of California at Davis
Ecology
5 28 7 43 8 51 18 47 1 4
U. of California at Davis
Population Biology
4 24 3 25 8 58 53 80 4 20
U. of California at Irvine
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
7 34 6 31 6 52 10 30 11 36
U. of California at Los Angeles
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
27 60 22 68 24 72 6 19 14 42
U. of California at Riverside
Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology
12 45 9 44 9 59 23 56 18 47
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology
9 44 9 44 16 63 60 81 7 24
U. of California at Santa Cruz
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
10 48 8 47 29 74 11 38 21 50
U. of California at Santa Cruz
Environmental Studies
54 80 61 90 19 65 19 49 34 58
U. of Chicago
Ecology and Evolution
2 10 3 20 1 17 77 86 5 20
U. of Chicago
Evolutionary Biology
35 63 49 83 2 24 21 53 12 38
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
11 50 8 48 13 55 4 15 19 48
U. of Connec-
ticut

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D.
22 60 20 67 5 40 24 56 14 38
U. of Florida
Interdisciplinary Ecology
58 85 49 88 43 81 34 63 76 91
U. of Florida
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
67 91 61 93 50 84 24 51 80 93
U. of Florida
Zoology
21 63 9 47 29 76 51 76 43 67
U. of Georgia
Ecology
17 60 28 76 31 76 66 84 26 56
U. of Houston main campus
Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
55 88 27 81 69 91 8 25 91 94
U. of Idaho
Biology
12 53 13 60 21 70 64 83 39 70
U. of Idaho
Fish and Wildlife
12 55 20 71 3 51 57 79 65 86
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
19 57 15 58 13 68 34 62 20 49
U. of Kansas
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
14 49 21 64 4 36 12 35 6 26
U. of Louisiana at Lafayette
Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
67 89 64 92 14 57 16 47 65 82
U. of Louisville
Biology
67 89 81 94 31 75 9 30 42 67
U. of Maryland at College Park
Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
12 50 11 55 20 61 8 31 10 36
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
41 76 41 85 13 63 5 19 38 64
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation
85 93 58 90 87 93 90 94 86 94
U. of Memphis
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
63 89 64 92 16 62 88 94 69 89
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
14 45 21 57 19 71 28 58 12 35
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Conservation Biology
66 88 66 92 29 73 12 39 27 55
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
5 28 3 19 45 85 13 41 11 36
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Fisheries and Wildlife
24 69 10 60 18 66 49 77 71 88
U. of Montana at Missoula
Organismal Biology & Ecology
13 54 9 48 11 53 45 73 44 73
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
37 67 73 93 3 32 7 26 45 72
U. of Nevada at Reno
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
71 92 60 93 77 92 51 79 46 73
U. of New Hampshire
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
71 92 22 72 91 94 48 74 49 81
U. of New Hampshire
Zoology
93 94 89 94 87 93 14 41 71 92
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Biology
16 54 9 43 51 83 25 58 10 33
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ecology
20 57 29 66 27 74 16 52 23 50
U. of Southern California
Marine Environmental Biology
11 49 16 61 2 35 36 66 7 33
U. of Tennessee
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
33 67 35 77 6 57 65 83 42 65
U. of Texas at Austin
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
12 51 7 38 61 87 51 80 11 30
U. of Toledo
Earth, Ecology, and Environmental Science
73 92 55 91 45 84 16 44 83 94
U. of Vermont
Natural Resources
28 67 41 87 3 33 53 80 77 92
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Wildlife Ecology
26 63 25 68 50 85 38 71 56 77
U. of Wyoming
Zoology & Physiology
60 88 42 87 56 87 88 93 69 87
Utah State U.
Ecology (WS)
21 74 6 61 14 77 83 92 60 82
Washing-
ton State U.

Zoology
43 78 23 76 18 69 56 82 45 67
Washing-
ton U. in St. Louis

Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology
1 2 1 9 1 12 58 81 1 11
Yale U.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
5 24 2 17 8 66 55 78 9 33
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.

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