Prepare for Your Future in Environmental Science

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The Master of Science in Environmental Biology is a degree program that can be completed in as little as 10 months. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for high-level problem solving at public and private environmental organizations. The degree includes a hands-on externship or research component in Colorado, culminating in an integrative capstone project.
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Environmental Biology

Choose Regis

The Master of Science in Environmental Biology Program in Regis College is designed both for students who have a specific environmental career goal as well as for students who are undecided about the area of Environmental Sciences in which they would like to work or pursue further study.

Program Benefits

  • Complete an M.S. degree in as little as 10 months or as long as three years to best fit your career goals
  • Curriculum emphasizes skills crucial for success in the environmental workforce
  • Program fieldwork takes advantage of the diverse environments of our Colorado location
  • Students gain hands-on experience through a carefully chosen externship or environmental research project
  • Students receive individualized attention from a Ph.D.-credentialed faculty
  • Jesuit foundational philosophy based on cura personalis, care for the whole person
  • Cooperative, intensive, professional atmosphere
  • Amazing location - a beautiful campus with a classic academic feel located between vibrant urban Denver and the mountains

Learning Formats

This Program includes both day (afternoon) and evening courses during the 16-week semester. Coursework is classroom, laboratory, and/or field based. Courses are scheduled to allow students larger blocks of time for studying, working, completing an externship, and/or conducting research.

Academic Externships or Research Experience

The guided academic externship or research experience ensures that students put their education into the larger context of the environmental field, gain valuable real-world experience, and improve students’ ability to compete for environmental jobs. Denver has numerous state and federal government agencies, research laboratories, environmental consulting firms, natural-resource-based companies and non-profit environmental organizations to support a wide range of exciting environmental externships.

Field Experience

The program includes two pre-semester courses. The first course before the fall semester orients students to the fall coursework and provides an introduction to fieldwork skills. The fieldwork in the fall preparatory course will be conducted in subalpine or alpine ecosystems in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. In January, students will work with a Regis Faculty member conducting fieldwork in other locales that very from year-to-year. In addition, courses during fall and spring semesters will include field work in Colorado.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the M.S.in Environmental Biology Degree. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.


Required Courses (35 credit hours)
BL 650A Environmental Biology Colloquium & Grant Writing (3 ch)
BL 651A
Introduction to Environmental Biology Skills ( 1 ch)
BL 652
Environmental Biostatistics & Research Design (3 ch)
BL 656 Forest and Vegetation Ecology & Management (3 ch)
BL 657
Advanced Field Ecology Laboratory (1 ch)
BL 664A Wetland Delineation Seminar (1 ch)
ENVS 650 
Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment (3 ch)  
One of the following:
BL/ENVS 458 Behavioral Ecology (3 ch)
BL 658 Advanced Behavioral Ecology (3 ch)
BL 650B
Environmental Biology Colloquium & Project (3 ch)
BL 651B
Environmental Biology Fieldwork II (1 ch)
BL 654 Advanced Ecology and Modeling (3 ch)
BL 660
Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (4 ch)
BL 662
Aquatic Ecology & Bioassessment (3 ch)
BL 664B Wildlife Ecology and Identification Seminar (1 ch)
One of the following: BL 668 Environmental Biology Externship (2 ch)
BL 691 Graduate Research in Biology (2 ch)
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 35 credit hours
Environmental Biology Colloquium & Project (3 ch)

Course Descriptions

BL 650A Environmental Biology Colloquium (3.00)

Introduces scientific writing in the context of constructing a grant proposal. Fosters ethical consideration, scientific awareness, and analytical skills via the Biology Seminar Series and working with the primary literature in environmental biology. Guides and coordinates initial externship or research and Master's project work.

Co-requisite(s): BL 656

BL 650B Environmental Biology Colloquium and Project (3.00)

Develops student writing in the context of constructing a final Master’s project. Fosters ethical consideration, scientific awareness, and analytical skills via the Biology Seminar Series and working with the primary literature.

Prerequisite(s): BL 650A
Co-requisite(s): BL 662

BL 651A Introduction to Environmental Biology Skills (1.00)

Prepares students for success in the Environmental Biology program by introducing students to field-work, data collection and analysis, analytical reading of primary literature and professional collaboration skills.

BL 651B Environmental Biology Fieldwork II (1.00)

Develops student field-work and data-collection skills in an environment outside Colorado or in a non-alpine environment. Students collect data for use in later Environmental Biology courses.

Prerequisite(s): BL 651A, BL 652

BL 652 Environmental Biostatistics and Research (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): prior undergraduate or graduate course in statistics, BL 652

BL 656 Forest and Vegetation Ecology and Management (3.00)

Introduces students to the composition and ecology of woody and herbaceous plant communities. Develops student ability to assess populations, community composition, and health of terrestrial ecological systems for conservation and management.

Co-requisite(s): BL 650A, BL 657

BL 657 Advanced Field Ecology Laboratory (1.00)

Develops student knowledge of data collection and ecological assessment techniques in a range of habitats.

Co-requisite(s): BL 656.

BL 658 Advanced Behavioral Ecology (3.00)

Introduces students to the mechanisms and functions of animal behavior with emphasis on the ecological and evolutionary bases of animal behavior. Develops student ability to assess animal behavior in ecological context using behavioral assessment techniques.

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

BL 662 Aquatic Ecology and Bioassesment (3.00)

Introduces students to the abiotic and biotic factors that structure freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Includes an in-depth analysis of modern bioassessment methods using aquatic communities. 

Prerequisite(s): BL 652

Co-requisite(s): BL 650B

BL 668 Environmental Biology Externship (2.00)

Provides faculty-directed academic experience in an environmental-related working environment. Includes discussion of environmental ethics and environmental pedagogy. 

Prerequisite(s): BL 650A and BL652

BL 691 Graduate Research in Biology (2.00)

Provides faculty-directed experience in a laboratory and/or field environment. Includes discussion of environmental ethics and pedagogy. 

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.

BL 664A Wetland Delineation Seminar (1.00)

Introduces wetland designation and delineation via review of regulatory documents and reports. Includes basic wetland plant identification. Co-requisites: BL 656 and BL657

BL 664B Widlife Ecology and Identification Seminar (1.00)

Introduces wildlife ecology via review of primary literature and reports. Includes basic mammal, game bird, and game fish identification. Co-requisites: BL 650B

How to Apply

Application Timeline – We practice rolling admissions, so apply early for the best advantage! Please see our FAQ for more information.

  • October 1 – Application opens
  • February 1 – Priority Deadline 
  • May 31 –  Full Consideration Deadline
  • July 31 – Last Chance Deadline - May be wait-listed

The program begins once a year in mid-August.

Campus Visits

Campus visits may be scheduled by contacting the Regis University Office of Admission. Please email Envirobioms@regis.edu.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Our seminar series speakers range widely and highlight a variety of research topics. If you are interested in attending the Biological Sciences Monday Evening Seminar Series as a prospective student, please request a schedule by email at Envirobioms@regis.edu.

Application Process

Apply to the Master of Environmental Biology program

Application Information

The admissions cycle opens on October 1.

  • Admission to the program is rolling, and the online application form is made available by October 1 for admission the following August. Therefore, early application provides an advantage in gaining admission because spaces in the class are filled throughout the spring. We recommend student applications be received in full (electronically submitted application, mailed transcripts, standardized-test score, and recommendation letters) 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 within the context or remaining space in the class.
  • Applications received in June and July will still be given consideration for admission on a space available basis.
  • The Environmental Biology program has one annual start.
  • Courses begin the third week of August

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test (GRE results also should be sent directly to Regis from the testing service), successful completion of the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate, meeting the criteria of the Regis University Guaranteed Admissions Program (see below), or meeting the criteria of the AJCU Priority Admissions Program (see below). Subject test not required.
  • Recommended 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. A minimum 2.7 grade point average is required.
  • Two letters of academic or professional recommendation submitted with the application. One letter must be written by a college or university instructor in the natural sciences or mathematics. Character references from friends or family will not fulfill this requirement. Students may submit an optional third letter if the student thinks this would assist his/her application. Recommendation letters are required for students under Priority Admissions but are not required for students admitted via the Regis University Guaranteed Admission Program (see below). 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. Not required for students admitted via Regis University Guaranteed Admission Programs (see below)
  • All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.
  • The natural science and mathematics coursework must have been completed within the last 6 years. The Program Director may allow substitution of other coursework for specifically identified prerequisite courses or may waive the within-6-years requirement for courses on a case-by-case basis. Probationary admission may be granted to students with deficiencies in the above criteria.

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

Application Checklist

Apply for the Master of Science in Environmental Biology by following the steps below:

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

  • Contact, education and demographic information
  • Scores for each section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (If you do not yet have official scores, please report the date of the exam and the exam type and send the scores as soon as you have them. Official scores need to be sent to Regis before applications can be reviewed. GRE scores are not required for the Guaranteed and Priority Admissions students.)
  • Information on past work and/or volunteer experience (especially, but not limited to, academic research and environmental experience)
  • Names, titles and email addresses for two academic or professional references (one of which must be a collegiate instructor who has taught a natural science or mathematics course taken by the applicant)
  • One- to two-page essay describing career goals of the applicant or a personal statement submitted for another graduate health/biology program in Microsoft Word format
  • 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.)
  • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems. Submit transcripts to: 
    • Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard
      Mail Code: A-12
      Denver, CO 80221-1099

    Electronic transcripts may be sent to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu

    For correct delivery, it is important that all transcripts sent via US mail are addressed to Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd., Mail Code P-28, Denver, CO 80221-1099. 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.

Regis University Undergraduate Guaranteed Admissions Program

Regis University students may be eligible for Guaranteed Admission into Biology Graduate programs if they successfully meet all the following requirements:

  • Complete at least three years of full-time study (six regular semesters) through Regis University.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in courses for the following Spring that would fulfill remaining Regis University graduation requirements. An exception can be made for up to 9 SH of outstanding coursework that the student intends to complete in the subsequent summer. A plan for taking remaining requirements must be noted on the Guaranteed Admission request form.
  • Must not have a record of academic misconduct on file in the appropriate Dean’s Office.
  • Must submit a Guaranteed Admissions request form to the Biology Graduate Program Office by the deadline (March 31st of the year of desired program entry).
  • Have a cumulative Regis College grade point average of 3.00 or above for the Environmental Biology programs in the required coursework listed below.
  • Complete the required pre-requisite coursework with minimum grades of B or higher in Regis College as indicated for each program below (unless otherwise indicated)
    • BL 260* and BL 261 or 261H Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular & Laboratory
    • BL 262* and BL 263 or 263H Principles of Biology: Organismic & Laboratory
    • BL 402 and BL 403 or ENVS 402 and ENVS 403 Principles of Ecology and Laboratory
    • CH 210* and CH 211 or CH 220 and CH 221 Principles of Chemistry 1 and Laboratory (C or higher)
    • MT 272 Statistics for Life Sciences
    • RCC 200 or RCC 200H Writing Analytically
    • At least two upper-division courses with introductory science course pre-requisites in Biology (BL) or biologically-focused Environmental Science (ENVS) focused on Ecology or Evolution.
      * Introductory biology and chemistry lecture courses for which credit has been granted via AP, IB, or College Articulation agreements in high school are waived.
  • M.S. in Environmental Biology applicants (not Certificate Applicants) also must meet the physical requirements of being able to hike for an hour outdoors and being able to spend full days outdoors for field work for the program (not required for the Certificate Program).
  • Obtain a positive recommendation from the Guaranteed Admissions Program Advisor who will base this recommendation on verification of the student’s meeting the requirements, information gathered from Regis faculty about student preparation and maturity, a short informal in-person or phone interview, and any other information relevant to the appropriate fit between the student and the program.

No GRE score, formal recommendations, official transcript submission, or additional application to the M.S. in Environmental Biology program are required if a student meets the criteria of the Guaranteed Admission Program.

Regis College students not meeting the Guaranteed Admissions criteria remain eligible to apply to the Biology Graduate Programs (without application fee) and have their applications competitively reviewed. Students approved for Guaranteed Admission will automatically progress into the graduate program, after completing the requirements for the Regis undergraduate degree while maintaining the above conditions of eligibility.

U.S. Jesuit College or University Priority Admissions Program

Non-Regis students from Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) member institutions (United States Jesuit Colleges and Universities) may be eligible for Priority Admission into the M.S. in Environmental Biology or Certificate in Applied Environmental Biology program if they successfully meet all the following requirements:

  • Complete at least three years of full-time study (six regular semesters) through an AJCU school or schools.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in courses for the following Spring that would fulfill remaining AJCU school graduation requirements. An exception can be made for up to 9 SH of outstanding coursework that the student intends to complete in the subsequent summer. A plan for taking remaining requirements must be noted on the Guaranteed Admission request form.
  • Must not have a record of academic misconduct on file at the AJCU institution.
  • Must submit a Priority Admissions request form to the Biology Graduate Program Office by the deadline (March 31st of the year of desired program entry).
  • Must submit two positive recommendations (at least one from a natural-science faculty member at the AJCU school) that provide evidence of student academic capacity, maturity, and fit with the program.
  • Must submit official collegiate transcripts from the AJCU school and and other school where the student completed courses required for program admission or completed more than 9 SH of coursework.
  • Have a cumulative Regis College grade point average of 3.00 or above in the required coursework listed below.
  • Complete the Environmental Biology Priority Admission Course Requirements with minimum grades of a B or higher (unless otherwise indicated).
    • Year of introductory biology* with laboratories.
    • A semester of ecology (must be a course with ecology content and with an introductory biology pre-requisite).
    • A semester of collegiate chemistry for science students* with laboratory. (C or higher)
    • A semester of collegiate statistics.
    • A course in English composition.
    • At least two upper-division courses with introductory science course pre-requisites in Biology or biologically Focused Environmental Science focused on Ecology or Evolution (B or higher).
      * Except for introductory biology and chemistry lecture courses for both program areas for which credit has been granted via AP, IB, or College Articulation agreements in high school and recognized by the AJCU institution. These pre-requisites are waived in this circumstance.
  • M.S. in Environmental Biology applicants also must meet the physical requirements of being able to hike for an hour outdoors and being able to spend full days outdoors for field work for the program (not required for the Certificate Program).
  • Obtain a positive recommendation from the Guaranteed Admissions Program Advisor who will base this recommendation on verification of the student’s meeting the requirements, information gathered from Regis faculty about student preparation and maturity, a short informal in-person or phone interview, and any other information relevant to the appropriate fit between the student and the program.

No GRE score or additional formal application to the M.S. or Certificate program are required if a student meets the criteria of the Priority Admission program.

AJCU students not meeting the Priority Admissions criteria remain eligible to apply to the M.S. or Certificate program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

Students approved for Priority Admission will progress into the M.S. in Environmental Biology or Certificate in Applied Environmental Biology, after completing the requirements for the undergraduate degree in Regis College while maintaining the above conditions of eligibility.

International Applicants

We welcome international student applications within the following guidelines:

Foreign Credential Evaluation
  • International students who did not receive their bachelor’s degree in the U.S. must supply an approved evaluation of their undergraduate credits and undergraduate degree showing a course-by-course evaluation and equivalence from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. 
  • Send original transcripts to one of the NACES approved credentialing services.
  • An original, official evaluation sent directly to Regis University from the credential service is required. The timeline process can vary up to 6 weeks depending on the credentialing service provider selected. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate, follow-up, and provide payment to the selected transcript credentialing provider.
  • Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable.
  • Completed official evaluations should be mailed to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd. 
    Mail code A-12
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
English Proficiency
  • If English is not your native language, we request that you submit an official TOEFL score. Our program is language intensive. 
  • Successful students will have a TOEFL score of 90 points or higher on the internet test, with no individual skill section below 20 points.
  • Scores must be less than two years old and received directly from TOEFL.
  • TOEFL requirements are waived for students with an MCAT of 30+, a DAT of 19+ or a GRE Verbal score of 155+.
Visa Confirmation
  • For non-residents/non-citizens of the US attending on campus programs, a Visa with I-94 is required. If you have yet to obtain your initial student visa, you will need to apply with the U.S. Consulate in your home country.
  • In order to apply for a Visa, you will need to present an I-20 issued from Regis University.
  • Regis University does not assist online or non-degree seeking students with obtaining a student Visa.
Financial Information
  • Students need to work with the Office of Financial Aid to meet the financial requirements. International students will initially receive conditional acceptance which will be confirmed as official acceptance after the receipt of visa and financial documents. After an offer of conditional acceptance, please email our team for more information about financial requirements. In order to achieve full admission, international students must be able to prove the ability to pay the full tuition of the program and provide an affidavit of support, if applicable.

For more information regarding Regis University’s International Student Services Department and International Student Guidelines, please click here.

Accepted Students

Requirements for Accepted Students

  • A deposit of $350 will be requested to hold the spot of each accepted student. This deposit will be due two weeks after the date on the acceptance letter, unless other arrangements have been made. Deposit monies are applied directly to the first semester tuition.

Accepted students will receive further information concerning the following requirements. These are necessary to allow student involvement in externships in health care or clinical research settings.

  • Background Check. Accepted students will be submitted for clearance by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) via a background check. If the report demonstrates criminal activity, continued participation in the program may not be allowed.
  • Proof of Current Health Insurance. Accepted students will be required to submit proof of current health insurance by September 1.
  • Two measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations (or one if born before 1957)
  • The ability to hike for an hour over uneven ground

Please email us with questions or inquiries.

Program Expenses & Employment

Financial Considerations

A master's degree is an investment in your future. It is important to plan for this investment financially as well as academically. Students are encouraged to contact our Office of Financial Aid for more information about financial aid and financing options. You will need to fill out a FAFSA form to apply for financial aid.

Tuition and Other Costs

Visit our Cost of Tuition page.  This does not include costs related to reaching fieldwork sites or externships. We recommend that students plan for another $2000 to cover these costs. In addition you will need to think about your cost of living expenses if you are moving to Denver.

Fieldwork Travel Expenses

The expenses for the August fieldwork course and for fieldwork within the courses during the regular academic semesters are covered by tuition for the program. However, the fieldwork in January allows students to book and purchase their own airfare if they prefer to fly rather than drive to the field-work site that year.

Living Expenses

Students are encouraged to budget in advance for their cost of living for the academic year. Graduate student housing is not available on the campus itself, but there are many options in the surrounding area that range from relatively reasonable shared accommodations to luxurious individual housing. Meal plans can be purchased through the university’s food services and there are basic kitchen facilities (fridge, microwave, sink) available for the storage and heating of brown bag meals.

Application Frequently Asked Questions

How do the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate and the M.S. in Environmental Biology differ?

The Master of Science in Environmental Biology is designed to allow students to complete a Masters degree that provides a diverse basis for students seeking careers in environmental areas or further environmental education. The required externship and colloquium courses focus on developing real-world experience, professional-writing skills, and advising students to ensure they make the best use of their degree. The Applied Environmental Biology Certificate courses are contained within the M.S.-degree requirements. Students may complete the M.S. in either an intensive 10 month format (in one academic year) or over 20 months (over two academic years) where students first complete the Certificate courses.

The four courses that comprise the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate are offered in the evening and may be completed in a 10 month academic year. The Certificate is a good option for students working full-time who need or wish to acquire additional experience in Environmental Biology (specifically environmental statistical analysis, geographic information systems, and environmental regulations).

How are courses scheduled?

The Environmental Biology course offerings are designed to leave all mornings and one full day free to facilitate externship/research activities, work, and studying. The courses in the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate and the first year of the two-year M.S. in Environmental Biology are all in the evening to accommodate those who may be working traditional hours.

Can I take one or two classes and not enroll in the whole program? Can I take classes as a Regis undergraduate or CPS student?

The graduate Environmental Biology courses can only be taken as a part of the Graduate Certificate or M.S. degree programs and the coursework is not open to additional students. The Applied Environmental Biology Certificate offers a way to take four courses focused on specific skills desired in environmental fields without committing to the full M.S. program. Students who complete the Certificate who then wish to complete the M.S. degree can apply to continue without completion of the GRE. Given the coordinated nature of the program, we also do not accept transfer credits except in rare circumstances.

As a Regis undergraduate student can I enter the program through the Guaranteed Admissions Program?

Regis University students may be eligible for Guaranteed Admission into Biology Graduate programs if they successfully meet all the requirements listed on the Admissions page for this program, including having a cumulative Regis grade point average of 3.00, and completing a set of designated courses to a particular grade standard. No GRE score, formal recommendation letters, official transcript submission, or additional application to the M.S. in Environmental Biology program are required if a student meets the criteria of the Guaranteed Admission Program. Regis College students not meeting the Guaranteed Admissions criteria remain eligible to apply to the Biology Graduate Programs (without application fee) and have their applications competitively reviewed. Students approved for Guaranteed Admission will automatically progress into the graduate program, after completing the requirements for the Regis undergraduate degree while maintaining the above conditions of eligibility.

As an undergraduate student at another U.S. Jesuit University can I enter the program via the Priority Admissions Program?

Students at another U.S. Jesuit College or University (AJCU-school) may be eligible for Priority Admission into Biology Graduate programs if they successfully meet all the requirements listed on the Admissions page for this program, including submitting the Priority Admissions form, reference letters, and transcripts by March 31, having a cumulative AJCU-school grade point average of 3.00, and completing a set of designated courses to a particular grade standard. No GRE score or additional application to the M.S. in Environmental Biology program are required if a student meets the criteria of the Priority Admission Program. Jesuit College or University students not meeting the Priority Admissions criteria remain eligible to apply to the Biology Graduate Programs and have their applications competitively reviewed. Students approved for Priority Admission will automatically progress into the graduate program, after completing the requirements for an AJCU-school undergraduate degree while maintaining the above conditions of eligibility.

Do you accept applications from international students?

Yes, however, it is important that international students have a Bachelors level degree, an excellent grasp of English and meet all the requirements for international students to study at Regis. Please see our International Applicants tab on our admissions page for more information.

Do I have to take the GRE?

A GRE (General Test) score is required for admission to the M.S. program unless you have successfully completed the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate or meet the requirements of the Regis College Guaranteed Admissions Program or the American Jesuit Colleges and Universities Priority Admissions Program. Admission to the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate Program does not require a GRE Score.

A GRE general test score must be submitted before your application will be considered for M.S. Program. The score may be submitted later, but the application will not be considered until it is received. However, students that meet the requirements for the Regis College Guaranteed Admissions Program, the American Jesuit Colleges and Universities Priority Admissions Program, or have completed the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate first are not required to submit GRE scores at all. Admission to the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate Program does not require a GRE Score.

Are there interviews for admission?

We do conduct short candidate interviews as a final step for candidates being considered for admission either on the phone or in person. Students will be contacted by the program coordinator for scheduling an interview with a faculty member.

May I submit updated or corrected materials after completing my application?

Yes. The online application system does not allow an applicant to revise or add to submitted applications. We will gladly accept relevant corrections or updates (additional transcripts, new GRE scores, letters of recommendation) to your file by emailing them to our team. Please note on your application if you plan to take an admissions exam at a later date.

Can GRE scores be submitted after the rest of the application is complete?

A GRE general test score must be submitted before your application will be considered for M.S. Program. The score may be submitted later, but the application will not be considered until it is received. However, students that meet the requirements for the Regis College Guaranteed Admissions Program, the American Jesuit Colleges and Universities Priority Admissions Program, or have completed the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate first are not required to submit GRE scores at all. Admission to the Applied Environmental Biology Certificate Program does not require a GRE Score.

I have been out of school for a while. Do I still need a letter from a professor?

At least one letter from college professor from whom you have taken courses is required for admission into these programs. A letter from current employer or volunteer supervisor is acceptable as one of the other two letters. If your situation makes a letter from a college professor unavailable, please contact the program coordinator at Envirobioms@regis.edu for consideration of a waiver of this requirement. For people who have been out of school for a more significant amount of time, a waiver is commonly granted.

What is the program admissions mailing address?

Environmental Biology
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard A-12
Denver, CO 80221

Could I work while I am a student in the Master of Science in Environmental Biology Program?

Yes, but our recommendations vary depending on the program you are completing and the time period over which you wish to complete it.

For students completing the M.S. in Environmental Biology in one year we recommend students keep work commitments to an absolute minumum (no more than 12hours per week). The one-year Master of Science program is full time and designed to allow students to complete a Masters degree in 10 months. This requires intensive focus both inside and outside of class. In addition, students need to take their externship or research responsibilities seriously. Thus we very strongly recommend that students keep their outside commitments to a minimum.

For students completing the M.S. in Environmental Biology in two years we recommend students work no more than 30 hours per week in the first year (keeping overtime to a minimum) and no more than 20 hours per week in the second year. The second year of the program will include a required externship that will require significant time and courses are scheduled during the day. For students that must work 40 hours we recommend deferring the externship or research until the summer of the second year, this will require a full two years (24 months) to complete the program, but will more reasonably allow someone to continue working full time.

For students completing the Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Biology we recommend students work no more than 30 hours per week (keeping overtime to a minimum). Two courses per semester require additional time outside of a class that students who work full time may find challenging.

In addition to these general requirements, we also recommend having flexible hours given the collaborative nature of many projects that require group meetings outside of class time. If this is not feasible, students are required to meet asynchronously or through electronic conferencing. 

Are there any recommended courses for this program?

Other than the prerequisite courses, none are required, however, if you have completed any additional courses in ecology and evolution you can enter these onto your application (for example, Behavioral Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Evolution or Population & Community Ecology).