Prepare for Your Future in the Environmental Sciences

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The graduate certificate in Applied Environmental Biology can be completed in 10 months. The curriculum is designed to provide students with engaging graduate coursework with the needs of environmental employers while developing student understanding of important environmental concepts.
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Applications are no longer being accepted for the Environmental Biology Certificate.  Please visit our program page for more information about our MS in Environmental Biology degree program.


The Applied Environmental Biology Graduate Certificate in Regis College is a four-course program designed for students who are seeking to further their education in Environmental Biology while developing career relevant skills in environmental study design and data analysis, geographic information science, and environmental impact assessment. The Certificate is offered in an evening-course format involving both weekly class meetings and associated online work.

Program Benefits:

  • Complete the Certificate in as little as 10 months
  • The curriculum emphasizes skills crucial for success in the environmental workforce
  • The curriculum is rooted in the Jesuit philosophy of cura personalis, care for the whole person
  • Courses from the Academic Certificate may be applied to the M.S. in Environmental Biology degree
  • The beautiful campus is located between vibrant Denver and the Rocky Mountains

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the Certificate in Applied Environmental Biology. The curriculum will include 13 credit hours of methods-focused courses that include online content and are taught in the evenings.

Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Required Courses (13 credit hours)
BL 652 Environmental Biostatistics & Research Design (3 ch)
BL 654 Advanced Ecology and Modeling (3 ch)
BL 660 Ecological Applications of Geographic Information Systems (4 ch)
ENVS 650 Environmental Regulation & Impact Assessment (3 ch)
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 13 credit hours

Course Descriptions

BL 652 Environmental Biostatistics and Reserach Design (3.00)

Introduces students to environmental study design and develops student ability to appropriately statistically analyze the resultant data and interpret the results using examples taken from the environmental literature. Emphasizes statistical reasoning, assumptions, computer-based analysis, results interpretation, and critical evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): prior undergraduate or graduate course in statistics.

BL 654 Advanced Ecology and Modeling (3.00)

Introduces students to modern ecological models used to analyze species distributions, describe the structure and dynamics of populations and communities, and quantitatively synthesize research studies.

Prerequisite(s): BL 652

BL 660 Ecological Applications of Geographic Information Systems (4.00)

Develops student knowledge of the basic concepts, assumptions, theories, and structures of geographic information systems (GIS). Students use hands-on activities with up-to-date software for spatial analysis of environmental and ecological issues. Includes in-depth examination of use of GIS in the primary ecological literature.

Prerequisite(s): BL 652

ENVS 650 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment (3.00)

Focuses on the theory and methods of developing and writing environmental impact assessment reports. Introduces students to the regulatory guidelines of NEPA, ESA, the Clean Water Act, and other relevant regulatory acts with regard to environmental impact. Explores ethical, justice, scientific, economic, and political perspectives associated with assessing the environment.

How to Apply

APPLICATION INFORMATION

APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY CERTIFICATE.  PLEASE VISIT OUR PROGRAM PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR MS IN ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY DEGREE.

Tuition

TUITION AND OTHER COSTS

Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year includes all laboratory and university fees. Tuition is $650 per semester hour and the program is a total of 13 semester hours, but does not include textbooks and materials. We recommend that students plan for another $500 to cover these costs. In addition you will need to think about your cost of living expenses and health insurance, which is also required during your enrollment in the program.

EMPLOYMENT

The Applied Environmental Biology Graduate Academic Certificate is amenable to being completed by people working full time. However, the courses are accelerated and rigorous. Therefore, it is recommended that people working full time while completing the certificate consider the additional time commitment that this graduate coursework will require.