A student looks closely at plant specimens.


In collaboration with Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Carlow students interested in applied ecology may complete a five-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program. Students complete required biology/organismal biology and ecological courses in residence at Carlow. During the third academic year, qualified students apply for admission to the Master of Science program. Those admitted complete their fourth and fifth years in residence at Duquesne University.

At the conclusion of the fourth year, students will have earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Carlow. Upon completion of the fifth year, students will have earned a Master of Science degree in environmental science and management from Duquesne University. Examples of courses taken in the master’s degree component include environmental microbiology, environmental toxicology, air quality, business ethics, environmental management, and environmental law. The students graduating in this collaborative program are broadly trained scientists. They have the same credentials as other biology students and can pursue those relevant careers. Additionally, with the master’s degree training, students have the skills required for careers in industry, regulatory agencies, academia, and the public policy arena.

Where Our Graduates Go

As a graduate of Carlow’s biology program, you have many options. Recent Carlow graduates who majored in biology have pursued graduate school, medical school, or veterinary school to become college professors, medical doctors, therapists, and veterinarians. Other Carlow graduates have accepted jobs right out of school as perfusionists, data quality reviewers, autopsy specialists, laboratory researchers/assistants, biological science technicians, surgical pathology technicians, and secondary school teachers.

Here is a small sample of the businesses and institutions that employ recent graduates of Carlow's biology program

  • Allegheny HealthNetwork
  • Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Center
  • Cleveland University Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC Prebyterian
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh

Bachelors of Science in Biology: Environmental Science & Management [3/2]

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus


BIO 255: General Ecology

A broad survey of the study of interactions of organisms with each other and their physical environment. This course addresses the dynamics of energy flow and nutrient cycling through ecosystems, as well as ecological processes operating at the individual, population, and community levels of organization. Emphasis is placed on the methods ecologists use to conduct their research.

BIO 261: Zoology

A course designed to provide the biology major with an understanding of the diversity, taxonomy, ecology, and behavior of many phyla of animals, especially emphasizing the invertebrates. Allows the students to survey the diversity of animal forms in the environment and the contributions, both positive and negative, that they make in our everyday lives. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 406: Animal Physiology

A comparative approach to the adaptive nature of animal function. This course addresses the diversity of solutions that have evolved in animals in response to environmental conditions presented in their natural habitats. Three hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.


note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.