Accelerated BS in Biological Sciences with MS in Environmental Science

The Accelerated Combined BS - MS program in Environmental Science is a  five-year, 156-credit program that leads to the joint award of a Bachelor of Science with Major in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science with Major in Environmental Science. Students should apply to the ES Program no later than the last semester of their Junior Year.  

Potential students must have a faculty advisor from within the Department of Biological Sciences. After acceptance to the ES Program, BS to MS students will consult with their advisor to determine which courses to take during their senior year as an undergraduate to meet the combined BS and MS requirements.  BS to MS students are not formally accepted by the Graduate College until after the semester the BS degree is awarded. The application deadlines are March 15 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester; the GRE exam must be taken before applying to the ES Program.

Download the BS to MS Environmental Science Application forms:

Combined Program: Graduate Admission

Environmental Science B.S. to M.S. Application


Admissions Requirements

Admission will be based upon academic record (B or better average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credits), two letters of recommendation, and minimum GRE scores of 151 Verbal and 151 Quantitative (GRE scores prior to 2012 are not accepted). 

For sponsor selection suggestions, contact Program Coordinator Cynthia Berman or Dianne Owen at or go to the departmental web pages to examine the fields and interests of individual faculty. When you find a faculty member in your field of interest, contact them directly. 

Thesis Option

The graduate-level curriculum for thesis consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following four categories: 

Core Subject Areas and Electives: 22-28 credits from the core subject areas and electives, with at least one course from four different core subject areas. 
No more than 9 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree, and no more than 6 credits may be 4000-level courses. No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.
ES Thesis: 6-12 credits (EVS 6971).
ES Colloquium: 2 credits or more (EVS 6920, 1 credit, offered only in the fall semester)

Non-Thesis Option

The graduate-level curriculum for non-thesis consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following three categories:

Core Subject Areas: A minimum of 22 credits from the core subject areas, with at least one course from four different core subject areas

Electives and Directed Independent Study:No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree. Directed Independent Study: 3 credits (EVS 6905).

ES Colloquium: 2 credits or more (EVS 6920, 1 credit, offered only in the fall semester)

Restoration Certificate

The Environmental Science Program offers the Environmental Restoration Certificate for graduate students who wish to pursue an environmental restoration position upon graduation or for professionals looking to increase their knowledge base, advance professionally or change careers. 


Course Availability

Information about course availability can be found here and is provided as a planning tool for ES students. Course schedules are determined by individual academic units and are subject to change.



Core Subject Areas:


CHS 6611 Chemistry For Environmental Scientists
GLY 5243 Environmental Geochemistry
GLY 6246 Advanced Environmental Geochemistry 

Geographic Information Science

URP 6270 Introduction to GIS in Planning
GIS 5051C Principles of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5100C Applications In Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5103C Programming In Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5038C Remote Sensing Of The Environment
GIS 5033C Digital Image Analysis
GIS 6039 Advanced Remote Sensing
GIS 6127 Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
GIS 6120 Topics in Geoinformation Science


GLY 6836 Modeling Groundwater Movement
EVR 6070 Ecological Modeling
PCB 6406 Ecological Theory


PCB 6456 Experimental Design and Biometry

Conservation And Ecology

GEO 6318 Plants And People
GEO 5305 Biogeography 
EVR 6334 Environmental Restoration
BSC 6365 Symbiosis
BSC 6846 Scientific Communication
BOT 5155 Flora of South Florida 
BOT 5155L Flora of South Florida Lab 
BOT 6606 Coastal Plant Ecology 
BOT 6606L Coastal Plant Ecology Lab
PCB 6045 Conservation Biology
PCB 6046 Advanced Ecology 
PCB 6317 Marine Ecology 
PCB 6317L Marine Ecology Lab and Field Studies
PCB 6307 Freshwater Ecology 
PCB 6307L Freshwater Ecology Lab 
PCB 6749C Environmental Physiology 
GLY 5736C Marine Geology
GLY 5934 Advanced Topics In Applied, Coastal And Hydrogeology
GLY 6707 Regolith Geology
GLY 6737 Coastal Environments
GLY 6838 Methods in Hydrogeology
GLY 5575C Shore Erosion And Protection
GLY 6746 Global Environmental Change
GLY 5457 Environmental Geophysics 
OCB 6810 Natural History of the Indian River Lagoon 
OCE 6019 Marine Global Change 
ZOO 6459 Seminar In Ichthyology 
ZOO 6256 Marine Invertebrate Zoology
ZOO 6256L Marine Invertebrate Zoology Lab 
ZOO 6456 Natural History of Fishes 
ZOO 6456L Natural History of Fishes Lab 
ZOO 6544C Seminar In Avian Ecology

Policy And Planning

GEA 6277 Human-Environmental Interactions
GEO 6337 Culture, Conservation And Land Use
GEO 5435C Geographic Analysis Of Population
GLY 6888 Coastal Hazards
URP 6711 Introduction to Transportation Planning
URP 6421 Environmental Planning And Society
URP 6425 Environmental Analysis In Planning
URP 6429 Environmental Policy And Programs
URP 4403 Sustainable Cities
URP 6840 Urban And Regional Theory
WST 6348 Women, Environment, Cofeminism, Environmental Justice
PHM 6035 Environmental Philosophy