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Environmental Biology


Environmental biology is the study of relationships among populations, communities, species, and their surroundings.

Environmental biology programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in environmental biology. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in environmental biology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in environmental biology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in environmental biology or a related science, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

No matter where you go to school, you're likely to take a set of "core" courses similar to the list above. Once you've completed those courses, you can take advanced courses in environmental biology.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs may include:

Graduate students usually focus on one area of interest. Typical courses vary by specialty. All require original research. A list of common graduate requirements is below:

Things to Know

Take every opportunity to get hands-on experience doing environmental fieldwork. Get a summer or part-time job at a park or nature center, or attend a summer field camp.

Many jobs in this field require you to write technical reports and give presentations. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

With a bachelor's degree, you can work in some entry-level positions for government agencies or environmental consulting firms.

Graduate students may be able to specialize in aquatic ecology, ecotoxicology, or terrestrial ecology

Some environmental biologists spend a large part of their time conducting field research.


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