Here, you connect ecosystems to tangible solutions.
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 Biology, 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
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.
your career goals.
With an M.S. in Biology 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 Biology?
a graduate student in the 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.
2019, the national average salary of a biologist is $50,946, while the range is
usually between $46,144 and $57,514 (salary.com).
Achieve your master’s degree in as little as two years.
Governors State’s 33-credit hour Biology M.S. is offered fully
on-campus. Enroll full-time to jumpstart your career or
part-time for added flexibility.
As a grad student, I have found that I can walk into any of the biology faculty offices and discuss new ideas, troubleshoot problems, or discuss career and scholastic paths with a team of experts. This is one of the outstanding components of the biology department and a very special boon for a first generation student such as me. Another rare asset at GSU is our Biological Field Station, which provides 140 acres of preserve land to conduct real-world environmental studies.
Dr. Mary Carrington, Full Professor of Biology
The Master of Science in Environmental Biology, Management, and Policy is the ideal graduate program for students interested in working in the biological sciences. The degree prepares students for a variety of careers and pursuits—everything from conducting research and doing laboratory or fieldwork, to teaching biology at the college level, continuing in graduate school for a doctoral degree, or working in land management or for a conservation organization. Our past graduates are now employed with regional forest preserve districts, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, regional laboratories, environmental consulting companies, regional universities, or are continuing in graduate school toward a doctoral degree.
Get to know our faculty members and their research here.
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