Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

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The Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences offer B.S. degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences. 

Undergraduate majors in Biology are offered multiple special programs, including Honors, Pre-Professional (medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences), Medical Laboratory Science, 4+1 combined B.S./M.S., and Secondary Teaching Licensure.

Undergraduate majors in Environmental Sciences can also participate in Honors and the Secondary Teaching Licensure Program as well as focus on the following special tracks: Environmental Biology, Environmental Geology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Technology, and Environmental Planning.



Substantial external funding and state of the art equipment enable cutting edge research in two broad foci relating to:

  • Molecular and cellular understanding of biological processes to identify therapeutic targets relevant to reproductive health, aging, heart disease, infectious disease, and cancer.
  • Ecological and environmental understanding of biological processes at the organism and ecosystem level in a world of changing climate, urbanization, human impacts, and invasive species.

Visit the Graduate Degree Programs page for more details. Graduate Assistantships covering tuition and a competitive stipend are available. 

For a list of recent published manuscripts with graduate student authors, scientific meetings attended by graduate students, and student employment status post-graduation, visit Student Success

Master of Science Program

The department offers an M.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Environmental Science

Doctor of Philosophy Program jointly offered with the Cleveland Clinic

The Ph.D. program in Regulatory Biology is offered jointly by Cleveland State University (CSU) and the Lerner Research Institute (LRI) of the Cleveland Clinic

This world-renowned Ph.D. program was established in 1971 and has granted doctoral degrees to over 130 students. Currently, 19 faculty from CSU and 39 faculty from LRI are participating in the training of 51 doctoral students. 

Visit the Faculty and Research page for a list of CSU, LRI and other adjunct faculty; plus links to their profiles and research interests.