Environmental Biology Minor and Certificate

The Biology Department offers a Environmental Biology Minor and a Certificate. Below are the requirements for the Environmental Biology Minor and the Environmental Biology Certificate:

Environmental Biology Minor

The minor consists of students taking at least 7 courses (23-26 credits) from 5 core areas:

Environmental Science

There is one course offered, Environmental Studies 101, Nature of Environmental Problems. 

100 Level Biology Core There are two courses offered, Biology 111 and Biology 112.
200 Level Biology Core There are two courses offered, Biology 252/254 and Biology 290. Please note, Math 130, Chemistry 115 and 117 are pre-requisites for the 200 level courses, which would add additional credits if not  already fulfilled for the students major. 
300 Level Biology Electives There are eight courses offered. Two of them also have laboratory sections that are recommended but not required and are Ecology (Biology 342) and Ecology Lab (Biology 343) and Evolution (Biology 352) and Evolution Lab (Biology 353).  Please note, Biology 334 Micorobiology has additional pre-requisites beyond Biology 252 and Biology 290. See below for individual course listings, course descriptions, and course pre-requisites.
Environmental Capstone There is one course offered, Environmental Studies 401, Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation.

Students are encouraged to pursue independent research opportunities in Biology, but it is not a requirement. The target audience for the minor is students majoring in a different department in the College of Science and Mathematics as they are likely to have the pre-requisites for the minor courses. Students outside of CSM will likely have to take the established pre-requisite course for the biology courses.

Environmental Biology Certificate 

The target audience for the Environmental Biology certificate is students majoring in Biology that are not eligible to have a minor in their degree. The minor consists of students taking at least 7 courses (23-26 credits) from 5 core areas. See the table above for further details on course requirements.

It should be noted that it is possible that Biology Majors pursuing the certificate would only have to take ENVSTY 101 and ENVSTY 401 to fulfill the certificate due to CSM allowing all 100 and 200 courses and one 300 level course to double count. In other words, if a Biology Major chose one of the 300 level courses listed below for their major electives, they would only need ENVSTY 101 and 401 to get an Environmental Biology certificate. Students are encouraged to pursue independent research opportunities in Biology, but it is not a requirement Students outside of CSM will likely have to take the established pre-requisite course for the biology courses.

Management of Minor and Certificate

Management of the Environmental Biology Minor and Certificate will be through the Biology Department. However, the minor and certificate are considered programs under the newly restructured Environmental Studies Program. The goal of that program is to offer individual departments across the university an opportunity to offer an “environmental” minor that incorporates civic engagement and responsibility as part of the offering through having all Environmental minors take ENVSTY 101 and ENVSTY 401. Both ENVSTY 101 and ENVSTY 401 incorporate civic engagement and responsibility in their curriculum.

Course Pre-Requisites and Descriptions

Environmental Science Requirements (1 Course Required for Both Minor and Certificate)

100 Level Biology Course Requirements (2 Courses Required for Both Minor and Certificate)

200 Level Biology Course Requirements (2 Courses Required for Minor or Certificate)

300 Level Biology Course Electives (1 Course Required for Minor or Certificate)

Capstone Core Options (1 Course Required for Minor or Certificate) 

For more information about the minor, certificate or the Environmental Studies Program in general, please contact the ESP Director, Dr. Alan D. Christian:

Director, Dr. Alan D. Christian
Associate Professor of Biology
Wheatley Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 010
Email: alan.christian@umb.edu
Phone: 617.287.6639

Biology Office
Phone: 617.287.6600
Wheatley, 3rd Floor, Room 021

Mailing Address:
Dr. Alan D. Christian
Biology Department
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125