Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Biology / Environmental Science, BS/MS

From the Human Genome Project to ethical issues of stem cell research to the challenges of bioterrorism, biological sciences are in the forefront of today’s headlines. Our Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Science in Environmental Science program helps you apply your background in biology to today’s advancing environmental fields. With two degrees you not only have what it takes to become a leading scientist in this challenging career, but you also have the credentials to become a major contributor to today’s headlines.

You can apply for our five year program during your junior year and after completion of at least 64 undergraduate credits and all major biology courses. You must have a cumulative QPA of 3.0 and a QPA of 3.0 in biology courses. You will also need to provide a statement of career goals and two letters of recommendation from your Biology professors.

As you move on to your graduate studies, a 12-13 credit specialization is mandatory, in a subject such as toxicology, advanced geographical information and surveillance systems, aquatic or microbial ecology, or public administration.

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Biology/Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (PLV)

The Combined Degree Program consists of a total of 158 - 160 credits, depending upon the specific undergraduate electives and the specific M.S. track selected. In either case, students are required to complete the necessary undergraduate core, major and open elective credits in addition to the 41 – 42 required and elective credits in the M.S. program. Master’s level elective courses are taken in place of some required undergraduate electives. Students must, however, have the necessary prerequisites for these graduate courses. Full-time students may complete the Program in five years, thus saving one year of full-time study.

NOTE: 60 cr University core not shown.

Undergraduate Major Courses
30 - 32 cr
BIO 101 General Biology I (4)
BIO 102 General Biology II (4)
BIO 205 Environmental Science (3)
BIO 210 or 215 Ecology/Urban Ecology (4/3)
BIO 231 Genetics (4)
BIO 335 Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
BIO 327 Cellular Biochemistry (4)
BIO 490 Intro to Research in Biology (2)
BIO 480 Research (3)

Major Electives:
One BIO course at 200 level or higher

Required Auxiliary Science Courses
CHE I General Chemistry I (4)
CHE II General Chemistry II (5)
CHE 223 Organic Chemistry I (5)
CHE 224 Organic Chemistry II (5)
PHY 111 General Physics I (4)
PHY 112 General Physics II 4
MAT 131 Calculus I (4)
MAT 132 Calculus II (4)
MAT 134 Statistics (3)

NOTE: Students in the Program take 12 graduate level credits in the senior year of undergraduate study from the required M.S. courses. Examples of such courses are ENS 610, 611, 624 and 625.

Graduate Courses
Basic Track Curriculum

Required Core Courses
ENS 610 Environmental Science I (3)
ENS 611 Environmental Science II (3)
ENS 622 Environmental Sampling and Analysis (4)
ENS 624 Environmental Science Policy & Ethics (3)
ENS 625 Environmental Science Communication (3)
ENS 650 Environmental Law (3)
ENS 732 Research (3)

Elective Courses (12 credits from the following)

ENS 505 Conservation Biology (3)
ENS 506 Wildlife Biology (3)
ENS 511 Plant Ecology and Conservation (3)
ENS 651 Research Methods for Ecological Field Studies (3)
ENS 740 Environmental Toxicology (4)
ENS 731 Field Botany (4)
ENS 730 Environmental Microbiology (4)
ENS 760 Waste Treatment, Reduction & Management (4)
ENS 780 Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (4)
ENS 721 Advanced Environmental Assessment (4)

Environmental Public Administration Track Curriculum
Additional Core Courses

PAA 601 Public Administration & its Environment (3)
PAA 602 Organizational Theory and Management (3)
PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis (3)

Elective Courses

ENS 740 Environmental Toxicology (4)
ENS 760 Waste Treatment, Reduction & Management (4)
ENS 780 Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (4)
ENS 721 Advanced Environmental Assessment (4)

The student must file a formal application with the Office of Graduate Admissions during their junior year of undergraduate study after receiving approval from their faculty undergraduate advisor. The criteria for admission to the Graduate portion of the Program are as follows:

- Completion of at least 64 undergraduate credits and junior class standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

- Completion of all required undergraduate Biology courses with a GPA of at least 3.00.

- GRE will not be required.

- Transfer students may be admitted into the Program if they have satisfied all course and admission requirements as noted above.

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