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Environmental Biology Certificate

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An environmental certificate that incorporates civic engagement and responsibility.

Learn to understand and analyze environmental issues with an emphasis on the foundational principles of biology. The target audience for the Environmental Biology Certificate is students majoring in Biology that are not eligible to have a minor in their degree.

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.

How to Apply

Apply for Admission

Please review the first-year and transfer apply pages for important information about application requirements, deadlines, and application status check.

Undergrad Certificate Program Application

Deadline & Cost

Deadlines: June 1 for fall; November 1 for spring admissions

Please refer to the Admissions and Financial Aid page for more information.

For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to


  • 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.


For additional information or questions, please contact:

Alexa MacPherson
Office: W-3-21
Telephone: 617.287.6600
Fax: 617.287.6650

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