Dual Degree Program - Biology and Environmental Science



 Program guide


Biology & Environmental Science Dual Degree Program

Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore offer a Dual Degree Program in Biology and Environmental Science. 

The Dual Degree Program provides the student with a comprehensive background in Biology and Environmental Science.  It is a collaborative 4-year course of study offered through the Department of Biological Sciences at Salisbury University (SU) in cooperation with the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  Upon successful completion, the student receives both a Bachelor of Science in Biology from SU and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from UMES.  Study at the two campuses provides exposure to a diverse faculty, extensive laboratory and research facilities and broad course offerings. 

The curriculum provides a solid and extensive science background.  Course work focuses on marine, estuarine, and wetland systems, aquatic and atmospheric pollution, and global-scale environmental study, with an analytical foundation in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry.  Extensive field experiences are directed at study of environmental systems, especially aquatic ones, including estuaries, wetlands, coral reefs, barrier islands, and the oceans. 

With less than 80 students in the program, there is the opportunity to work closely with faculty and other students through internships, undergraduate research, and the student environmental club Bioenvirons.  All advising and registration are conducted on the SU campus.  Students must complete all Biology degree requirements as well as an additional 23 semester hours of course work at UMES.  Students typically begin taking courses at UMES in their sophomore year.  The UMES campus is 15 miles away, and shuttle buses run each way on the half hour.

Graduates of the Dual Degree program have obtained jobs as rangers, refuge managers, and research technicians with governmental agencies including the US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, state natural resource agencies, and the National Wildlife Refuge system.  Others work with private non-profit environmental agencies such as the Nature Conservancy.  Environmental consulting and research institute work are also important job areas.  Quite a few graduates enter into public or private teaching of biology/environmental science at the middle or high school level, or into environmental education with non-profit organizations. 

Many of our graduates pursue graduate study.  Schools accepting our students include the University of Maryland (often in the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science program), Johns Hopkins University, Univ. of Connecticut, University of California at Davis, Dalhousie Univ., Auburn University, Florida Institute of Technology, the Univ. of Delaware College of Marine Studies, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, Univ. of North Carolina, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Rutgers, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  



For more information on the Dual Degree Program, please contact the program coordinator, Judith Stribling, at 410-548-4767; jmstribling@salisbury.edu 
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