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Environmental Biology

This hands-on concentration trains the next generation of researchers in the environmental biological sciences. Students focus on either microbial or population studies and must have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in biology. Many of your concentration courses will be taken in the Department of Biology. You’ll have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork and research in a wide range of ecosystems, from urban Philadelphia or jungles in Costa Rica to the Rocky Mountains.

Graduates with the Environmental Biology concentration frequently continue their environmental research at the PhD level, or work as biologists in environmental consulting, horticulture or ecology.

Student research

Every student in the Master of Environmental Studies program creates a research poster designed to showcase their capstone project. The selection of posters listed below is representative of the range of research projects undertaken by recent students in the Environmental Biology concentration.

Sample Environmental Biology concentration courses

In the Environmental Biology concentration, you will choose from a wide variety of courses in departments and graduate Schools across the University. The following list provides some examples of courses that the program has approved for students to take as part of this concentration.

Department of Earth and Environmental Science (MES Home)

  • Wetlands
  • Regional Field Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Creating Gateways to the Land with Smarter Conservation
  • Bioremediation
  • Field Study of Puerto Rico’s Ecology

Department of Biology

  • Field Botany
  • Plant Physiology Through Space and Time
  • Advanced Analysis of Humans and the Environment
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Statistics for Biologists
  • Plant Systematics

School of Design

  • Topics in Ecological Design 

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