Prepare for Your Future in the Environmental Sciences

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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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)

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


Submit an online electronic application that will require applicants to enter or to upload:

  • contact, education and demographic information
  • course numbers, course names, institution of completion, semester completed, and grades for prerequisite and any recommended courses completed by the applicant . Before completing the application have unofficial transcripts for your undergraduate coursework on hand.
  • information on past paid work, volunteer work, or research experience (especially, but not limited to, academic research and environmental experience),
    • names, titles and email addresses for two academic or professional references
    • a one- to two-page essay describing career goals of the applicant in Microsoft Word or PDF format
    • a $75 application fee (to be paid via credit card)

Have official transcripts for all college or university course work sent by secure email or regular mail directly from the college or university to:
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard A-8
Denver, CO 80221-1099

For correct delivery, it is important that all transcripts sent via US mail are addressed to Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd. A-8 mail code. Transcripts must be official and may not be stamped "Student Copy" or "Issued to Student." All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.

Application Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Recommended (not required) undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Earned graduate credits may be considered in the GPA requirement as approved by the program director.
  • Two letters of academic or professional recommendation submitted with the application. Character references from friends or family will not fulfill this requirement. Students may submit an optional third letter if the student thinks this will help his/her application. All letters must be received via e-mail or US post directly from the writer or a letter service.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite collegiate coursework with a grade of C- or higher from a regionally accredited college or university:
    • A year of general or introductory biology for science students with laboratories.
    • A semester of ecology (must be a course with ecology content and with an introductory biology pre-requisite).
    • A semester of general and/or inorganic chemistry for science students with laboratory.
    • A semester of collegiate statistics.
    • A course in English composition.
    • Additional courses in ecology and evolution recommended but not required.
  • Official transcripts for all college/university coursework.
  • All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.

To request consideration for a requirement/prerequisite waiver, a course substitution, or inclusion of graduate course work in GPA calculation send an email to with your full name, contact information, when you plan to apply, the specific details of your request and the rationale for your request.


Admissions to the program are rolling, and the online application form is made available in mid- January for admission the following August. We recommend completed student applications be received by May 1 for the best opportunity for admission.All complete applications received by May 31 will be given full consideration by the admissions committee. Students who have completed applications before May 31 will be notified of their admissions status by mid-June, if not sooner.

Applications received in June and July will still be given consideration for admissions and are encouraged to apply.

The program currently has one annual start date in August and therefore does not have a January start admissions cycle.



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.


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.