Environmental Emphasis

Note:  Program revisions are currently underway.  In the interim, graduate admissions have been temporarily suspended.  Please contact the department with any questions.

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
BIO 402Biometrics (Spring Year 1)4
BIO 502Biological Research and Policy I (Fall year 1)2
BIO 503Biological Research and Policy II (Spring Year 1)2
BIO 551Advanced Cell Biology and Molecular Biology (Fall)4
BIO 571Advanced Ecology and Evolution (Spring)4
Closure Option
Select one of the following options:20
Thesis Option
Master's Thesis
Biology approved electives 1,2
Non-Thesis Option
Closure Exam Preparation
Biology approved electives 1,2
Total Hours36

Approved electives can be taken across any of the courses listed in the Molecular and Cellular or Ecology and Evolutionary categories; however, a minimum of eight credits need to be taken in BIO prefix electives. Electives are grouped based on area of emphasis for students wishing to specialize their course work in certain areas. BIO 585 credits cannot be used as electives in the non-thesis option. Electives other than those listed in the categories may be approved only by written permission of the academic advisor and program chair prior to enrollment.


Select electives from the Ecology and Evolutionary category listed below.

Ecology and Evolutionary Elective Options 

BIO 410Topics in Biology1-4
BIO 444Aquatic Ecology4
BIO 445Biology Of Water Pollution4
BIO 446Restoration Ecology4
BIO 447Global Change Ecology4
BIO 462Conservation Biology4
BIO 510Topics In Biology1-4
BIO 561Advanced Microbiology4
CHE 421Instrumental Analysis4
CHE 431Environmental Chemistry4
ENS 404Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems4
ENS 405Fundamentals of Remote Sensing4
ENS 463Our Changing Climate3-4
ENS 468Environmental Geology4
ENS 542Ecosystem Management4
MPH 449Environmental Toxicology3-4

Progressing Through the Degree

Course Offering Schedule

These courses are only offered once a year as follows:

BIO 502Biological Research and Policy I2
BIO 551Advanced Cell Biology and Molecular Biology4
BIO 402Biometrics4
BIO 503Biological Research and Policy II2
BIO 571Advanced Ecology and Evolution4