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The Biological & Environmental Sciences Department at University of Houston-Clear Lake hosts a variety of program and degree options for students interested in biological science, biotechnology, or environmental science. Many degrees offer additional specialties to choose from, allowing students to shape the program to their career aspirations. There are also options for highly motivated and qualified students to combine the Bachelor of Science in Biology with Master of Science degree plans in biology or biotechnology with the intention of advancing in a more time and cost efficient manner.
The Biological Sciences program offers degree options designed to prepare students for advanced study, technical positions in environmental or biomedical research, or teaching. Students will have the opportunity to explore topics such as environmental microbiology, immunology, cancer biology, marine biology, environmental toxicology, plant anatomy, biochemistry, human anatomy, forensic biology, criminal investigation, and criminal law.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biological Sciences prepares students for technical careers in environmental or biomedical research, or teaching. The biomedical sciences curriculum applies particularly to students planning to enter medical or dental school. Specializations are available in general biology as well as teacher certification.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biological Sciences is particularly valuable to students interested in teaching biology. Students pursuing a teaching career must have dual advisement in both the specific subject field and in education. Areas of specialization: cell/molecular biotechnology, physiology/pre-health, ecology/microbiology/aquatic and marine biology, plant biology, and forensic biology.

The Master of Science (MS) in Biological Sciences prepares students for careers in the fields of biomedical research, biotechnology, medicine and health, and environmental sciences. Students who earn a Master of Science may also pursue further professional training in medical, dental, or Ph.D. programs. Additional areas of specialization: cell/molecular biotechnology, physiology/pre-health, ecology/microbiology/aquatic and marine biology, and plant biology.
The Certificate in Biotechnology and Master of Science in Biotechnology plans teach students to apply fundamental principles of biology to develop and manage products and processes, as well as to refine the techniques and tools used in those processes.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology degree offers specializations in molecular biotechnology, bioinformatics/computational biology, and biotechnology management and marketing. Students graduate with a thorough understanding of biology and its related disciplines, qualifying them for careers in research and development, teaching, or private industry.

The Certificate in Biotechnology option is designed for students working toward or have already completed a BS degree and wish to add course work that will be focused on the biotechnology field. Examples of opportunities the certificate was created to prepare students for include laboratory technician, environmental technician, and health technician.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degree options in Environmental Science will prepare students to investigate, analyze, and determine solutions for environmental problems associated with natural populations, ecosystems, and occupational environment. The BS in Environmental Science is a traditional face-to-face degree plan, although a limited number of courses are available online. The MS degree has three options. Option 1 is a traditional face-to-face MS degree plan which allows students to choose a specialization among Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology, Industrial Hygiene, or Safety. Option 2 is a fully online MS degree plan with a general track of Environmental Science, and no additional specializations are available in the online program at this time. Option 3 is a fully online MS degree plan with a focus on Occupational Health and Safety.  

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Biology prepares students to investigate, analyze, and determine solutions for environmental problems associated with natural populations and ecosystems. Areas of exploration include pollution, development, and population growth. The curriculum provides opportunities for study in environmental toxicology, conservation biology, and aquatic biology.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Biology  further enhances the undergraduate curriculum through an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector. Graduates of the plan may also be prepared to pursue further academic training in environmental sciences and occupational health.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Chemistry  prepares students to acquire knowledge and skills in fate and transport studies, instrumentations, and pollution control technologies. The curriculum provides theories to hands-on practice in courses, including sampling and monitoring, air/water pollution, soil/groundwater remediation, and environmental chemodynamics.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Chemistry further enhances the undergraduate curriculum through an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector. Graduates of the plan may also be prepared to pursue further academic training in environmental sciences and occupational health.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Geology prepares students to recognize, investigate, and analyze environmental problems associated with geology including groundwater. The curriculum is broad-based, including courses in remote sensing, ground water hydrology, wetlands, and environmental geochemistry.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Geology further enhances the undergraduate curriculum through an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector. Graduates of the plan may also be prepared to pursue further academic training in environmental sciences and occupational health.

The online Master of Science in Environmental Science (General Track) is another option students have to complete their entire curriculum off-campus. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students prepare for opportunities in government and the private sector. Graduates of the plan may also be prepared to pursue further academic training in environmental sciences and occupational health. No additional specializations are available in the online program at this time.

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Last updated: 10/12/2016 UTC
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