Master's Degree Program

VernalpoolOur Master's of Science, with emphasis in Ecology and Environmental Science, focuses on increasing the knowledge of biological processes governing the relationships among organisms, organisms and their environment, and organisms and humans. This program prepares future professionals to understand, predict, and/or manage environmental responses brought about by natural and man-made events. Human disturbances of any kind produce unforeseen and often detrimental environmental consequences. The subject of protection of environmental resources and the techniques for their evaluation, management and restoration are prime interests in modern society. Our classes are small with opportunities to work with peers and faculty. Successful students are poised to seek new fields of endeavor, advance in their current professions, or prepare themselves for continuing academic training or educational.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the M.S. program, you must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average for your undergraduate studies. 
  • Have completed at least 33 semester hour credits of undergraduate biology or biology related courses (e.g. forestry, horticulture, environmental studies), and have taken at least three chemistry courses with labs, including both, inorganic and organic chemistry, or biochemistry. 
  • In addition, it is recommended that applicants have completed math through Calculus I and two lab courses in physics. 

Master of Science in Biology Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Biology program is 31* semester hour credits. BIO 515 - How to Research, Write & Publish a Scientific Paper and BIO 593 - Biometry are required. The remaining courses are chosen with advisement.

*At least 21 credits must be earned in biology courses (including courses offered by the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island). The remainder may be selected, with advisement, from courses in chemistry, physics, math, education, computer science, or geography/earth science. Up to 9 transfer credit hours may count towards this total. A maximum of 12 credits must be earned in 400 level courses.

Contact Us

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Theo Light
Department of Biology
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA