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Environmental Biology

Master of Science

Be a force of (and for) nature. 

Join the environmental workforce and become an advocate for our planet with Regis University’s Master of Science in Environmental Biology. Through field work and your choice of an integrated externship or graduate research project, you’ll get hands-on experience working within one of Colorado’s many diverse environments.

Whether you see yourself as a biological technician, water quality specialist, wildlife biologist, urban or regional planner, Regis University’s Master of Science in Environmental Biology can give you the skills and experience you need.

Home to many state and federal government agencies, research labs, environmental consulting firms, natural resource-based companies and nonprofit environmental organizations, our Denver location puts you at the center of a wide range of exciting environmental opportunities.

Program Snapshot

Program Format
On-campus courses
16-week semesters

Credits for Completion
35 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$700 per credit hour

Sample Environmental Biology Classes

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BL 658: Advanced Behavioral Ecology

Mechanisms and functions of animal behavior with emphasis on the ecological and evolutionary bases, as well as assessment of animal behavior in ecological contexts. 

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BL 662: Aquatic Ecology and Bioassessment

Introduction to freshwater aquatic communities and development of ability to use wetlands vegetation, aquatic invertebrates and fish in bioassessment of aquatic environmental health.

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BL 656: Forest and Vegetation Ecology and Management

Composition of woody and herbaceous plant communities, and assessment of populations, community composition and health of terrestrial ecological systems for conservation and management.

Program Details

Get all the details on our M.S. Environmental Biology program, including course requirements and application materials. 

Fieldwork

The experiential learning elements of this program include 3-4 days of pre-semester fieldwork in a grassland environment. Data collected is used in future courses. A 1-week fieldwork project outside Colorado occurs before the spring semester.

Externship and Research

Students may choose between an integrated externship or graduate research project, which includes a faculty-directed academic experience in an external environmental, laboratory or field research setting. This component of the program links academic content to your learned experiences and highlights ethical issues in environmental biology.

Environmental Biology Career Paths

Conservation Biologist

Conservation biologists are responsible for the management and protection of natural resources, providing advice to governments and private land owners about the best ways to maintain, use and improve their land.


Environmental Scientist

Conducting research to assist in the identification and management of pollutants and hazards that have a negative impact on the environment through gathering data, collecting samples and analyzing results.


Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife Biologists gather data about native plants and animals through fieldwork identifing species, observing animal behavior and analyzing the mannerisms of habitats.


Habitat Restoration Specialist

Habitat Restoration Specialists are responsible for the recovery of natural enviroments that have been harmed due to human interaction and interference.


Ecotoxicologist

Research and study the effects of chemical substances on all living organisms using knowledge of a variety of scientific subjects such as chemistry and biology.


Sustainable Agriculturalist

Preserve environmental health, economic profitability and social and economic equity with careers in farm management and land surveying and appraisal.


How to Apply

To apply to the M.S. Environmental Biology program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (recommended)
  • Information on past work and/or volunteer experience
  • One academic or professional reference
  • 1-2 page personal statement
  • Completion of prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $700 per credit hour
Total program credits: 35

Curious about financial aid options? Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid to learn more.

Important Dates

Admissions decisions are awarded on a rolling basis. The admissions timeline is below:

Priority application opens:
September 15

Application opens:
November 1

Priority deadline: 
February 1

Full consideration deadline: 
May 31

Final deadline:
July 31

Program start:
Late August

Frequently Asked Questions

A GRE test score is not required for admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Biology or the Environmental Biology Certificate 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 minimum (no more than 12 hours 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.

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 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.

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. 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 can first complete the Certificate courses.

The Applied Environmental Biology Certificate courses are contained within the M.S.-degree requirements. 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).

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 taking classes. Given the coordinated nature of the program, we also do not accept transfer credits except in rare circumstances.