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Environmental Biology Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in biology/environmental biology is an appropriate concentration for students interested in environmental careers, including ecology research, environmental protection, or state agencies.

Requirements and Curriculum

Bachelor of Science

This concentration includes the requirements of the Bachelor of Science in biology with the following exceptions:

  • One of the six biology electives is Conservation Biology (BIOL 3100).
  • In addition to General Physics I and II, students will take one course from each of the two clusters with a GEOG designation. At least one course will come from the cluster consisting of Geology (GEOG 2100), Oceanography (GEOG 2500), or Environmental Hydrogeology (GEOG 4600), and at least one course will come from the cluster consisting of Remote Sensing of the Environment (GEOG 4500), Computer Cartography (GEOG 3120), Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 4000), Urban Geography (GEOG 4400), and Computer Applications in Geoscience (GEOG 2400).
  • Qualified students are encouraged to replace one of the six biology electives with an internship of 3-6 credits in an environmental area (BIOL 4950).
  • While the MATH requirements are the same as for any biology major, Applied Statistics (MATH 1700) is encouraged.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor in earth systems science or in geographic science and technology, or in chemistry to complement the environmental biology concentration.

A group of Environmental Biology students standing next to a river and holding nets

“It took me years to find the career path that fits my dreams and aspirations, and I finally found it in a bog at Fitchburg State University.”
–Eddie Vo '12

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