Undergraduate Major Details

Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity major is in the College of Biological Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Rite Aid Pharmacy
UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology
UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UCD Primate Center Behavioral Management
UCDHS Department of Patient Care Services
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Physical Therapy Inpatient
UCDSOM Department of Otolaryngology
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 19 5 26.3%
2013-14 37 13 35.1%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-15 43.5% 34.8% 17.4% 4.3%
2015-17 43.5% 17.4% 30.4% 8.7%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Agrofresh Lab Technician
Stanford University Clinical Research Assistant
United States Department of the Interior Range Technician
United States Dept of Agriculture Biological Research Assistant
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Research Assistant

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
Insufficient sample size to display data.