Welcome to the Environmental Biology Program
The graduate major in Environmental Biology prepares students as professional biologists with a strong environmental emphasis.
Required courses cover the spectrum of environmental biology from toxicology, physiology and ethology to population biology and community ecology, emphasizing the applied aspects of these disciplines.
Students are trained in the application of quantitative methods and in the design of field and laboratory studies. Graduates have obtained employment in biological and related fields or have pursued advanced degrees.
A number of graduates work as naturalists at county, state, and national parks. Others have found employment in the private sector as waste management consultants or with planning agencies as habitat assessment experts. The curriculum also serves certified secondary school biology teachers who wish to develop an environmental focus.
Faculty research interests range widely, including topics such as common loon behavior and population dynamics, resource partitioning in aquatic communities, forest ecology, rodent population dynamics, avian reproduction physiology, biological clocks, plant adaptation in wetland habitats, and curriculum development in biology education.
For information on the Experience Biology Project for the Natural History of Raptors.
Special Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting university admissions criteria, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher and maintained a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher for any graduate work attempted.
Program Fact Sheet
To view the program fact sheet, please go to MS in Environmental Biology Fact Sheet