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Environmental Biology

Preserve our planet and its extraordinary bounty of life with Regis University's Master of Science in Environmental Biology. Our students seek to understand environmental issues beyond the headlines, and address them head on. They aspire to turn the clock back on climate change, slow the burn of natural resources, clean our oceans to protect our marine life, advocate for endangered species, and more. Their vision? A world even more beautiful 100 years from now.

    Why Environmental Biology at Regis?

    We understand that true change happens through leadership, action, and education. Students pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Biology participate in coursework that combines classroom study, fieldwork and the choice of an integrated externship or graduate research project. Whether you see yourself as a biological technician, water quality specialist, wildlife biologist, or urban or regional planner, Regis University’s M.S. in Environmental Biology gives you the skills and experience you need to make a lasting difference in advancing and protecting humanity, renewable resources, and wildlife, as well as the planet at large. Whether you’re using cutting-edge techniques in real-world environmental fieldwork in the Rocky Mountains, or diving into a policy-changing research project assisting nonprofit environmental groups, your graduate experience is far from passive. It’s passion.

    How Will You Build Your Story?

    Explore our environmental biology programs to find out.

    What Sets Regis’ MS in Environmental Biology Apart?

    • Fieldwork that takes advantage of Colorado’s diverse environments.
    • Career-focused curriculum for students entering the environmental workforce.
    • Combined in-classroom and field research and internship curriculum.
    • Complete the course in as little as 10 months, or as many as 2 years with flexible afternoon and evening classes.

    What It Means to Stand Up for the Environment

    This program provides focused study of the environment with an emphasis on environmental-study design and assessment, along with a direct externship or research experience in an area of interest to the student. Students integrate their diverse program experiences with their coursework in the production of the final project. The Program’s mission is to prepare students academically for the next steps in their lives, particularly refining and achieving their environmental career goals.

    • Students participate in fieldwork as an experiential learning element. This Includes 3-4 days of pre-semester fieldwork in a grassland environment. Data collected is used in future courses. One-week fieldwork projects take place in Colorado during both the fall and spring semesters.
    • 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.

    Award-winning Educators

    Faculty Spotlight

    Kris Voss, Environmental Biology Program Director

    Kris Voss is a freshwater ecologist who focuses on understanding the effects of human activities on the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems. After receiving a BS in Chemistry from Texas A&M University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from National University, He obtained a Ph.D. from Duke University in Environmental Science with a focus on stream ecology and statistics. Kris uses aquatic macroinvertebrates — small organisms that spend some part of their life cycle in fresh waters — as focal organisms to understand how freshwater communities are threatened by land cover change and other human activities. In addition to wrangling critters in streams, Kris’s work also involves developing and critiquing quantitative tools that ecosystem managers use to protect freshwater systems. Kris also brings his research interests at the interface of ecology and quantitative biology to the classroom. In both graduate and undergraduate courses, He aims to engage students by implementing and assessing a number of research-based teaching methods.

    Why is Environmental Biology Important?

    An advanced Environmental Biology curriculum changes how you see—and interact with—the world. When our students graduate from the M.S. in Environmental Biology program, they can expect to:

    • Deeply understand the nature of scientific inquiry as it relates to the field of environmental biology (from molecules to ecosystems and more) and how to put that knowledge into the larger context of everyday life.
    • Collect and analyze relevant specimens and the data produced from them using current laboratory methods and technologies.
    • Master the conveyance of scientific study to diverse audiences, both in speech and through written communications.
    • Inspire those around them to take action by leading by example.
    • Have made meaningful, professional contributions and connections to the field of Environmental Biology.

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