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Bachelor of Sciences in Biology With Concentration in Environmental Biosciences

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The Environmental Biosciences degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in liberal arts, the Natural Sciences and a set of courses specifically in biology with an environmental focus. This concentration requires ecology, environmental biology, plant biology or taxonomy course and additional courses that cover a broad collection of environmental topics.

The degree is designed to meet the needs of those interested in graduate work in:

  • environmental sciences
  • environmental public health
  • careers in city, county, state and federal agencies
  • corporations needing environmental expertise

Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum. Additionally, the degree program will prepare students for lucrative careers through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience and flexible class options.


Graduates who earn a BS in Biology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
  • Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
  • Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
  • Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).


The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


After completing a bachelor’s degree, many biology majors attend graduate school or other professional programs including, Ph.D. programs in sciences or forensics coursework. Some end up working in a field directly related to their major. Depending on the area of interest students study within their degree, career options include:

  • Scientific Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Environmental and Conservation Manager
  • Ecologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Scientific/Medical Laboratory Officer
  • Environmental Regulator


  • Bioinformatics 22 Hours Minimum
  • Microbiology 20 Hours Minimum
  • Physics 20 Hours Minimum




We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.

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