Master of Science in Environmental Biology, Policy, and Management

Environmental biologists study the organisms and wildlife of regional environments, aid in the protection and survival of wildlife within any given ecosystem, and assess the impact of human activity on the environment. Governors State’s Master of Science in Environmental Biology, Management, and Policy prepares students to work as professional biologists with a strong environmental emphasis. GSU’s unique location, where urban and rural areas meet, allows students to explore a diverse range of complex environments close to campus.

Conduct research in animal research labs and a field station located right on the GSU campus, or take advantage of university-facilitated research opportunities in DNA and molecular biology at locations such as the Field Museum and Pritzker Lab. Culminate your research in a thesis, or take advantage of internships available at agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Brookfield Zoo, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Reach your career goals.

With an M.S. in Environmental Biology, Management, and Policy, you will be equipped to work as a professional biologist with a strong environmental emphasis. Graduates work as naturalists at county, state, and national parks or find employment in the private sector as waste management consultants or with planning agencies as habitat assessment experts. Still others pursue advanced degrees.

Why get a Master of Science in Environmental Biology, Management, and Policy?

As a graduate student in the Environmental Biology program, you will receive broad training in design and analysis of field and laboratory studies and complete intensive work in selective courses that emphasize applied principles and methods in fields such as toxicology, hydrology, and environmental chemistry. Our small class sizes foster individualized instruction, allowing you to take advantage of faculty research ranging from local to international.

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