Programs in Environmental Science, Biology, and Statistics College of Arts and Sciences American University

Programs in Environmental Science, Biology, and Statistics College of Arts and Sciences American University

Washington, DC
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
Tuition Cost $45,780
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
Not Reported
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3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Biology, Environmental Science, and Statistics Master's Programs

Science programs at America University's College of Arts and Sciences are training the next generation of biologists, environmental policy analysts, statisticians, and leading scientific specialists. AU offers access to Washington's unparalleled resources: world-class research institutions and renowned associations and government agencies dedicated to the advancement of science.

Master of science (MS) degree programs include: an MS in biology, an MS in environmental science, and an MS in statistics.

Students benefit from small class sizes and faculty mentorship throughout the program. Faculty members at American University are leading experts in their fields. They regularly present at national and international conferences, publish in top journals in their discipline, receive external research funding, and are often featured in the media.

Learn From Experience

Opportunities for learning extend beyond the classroom. Research and experiential learning are a key component of the College of Arts and Sciences graduate student experience.

Faculty connections with government and nongovernment science and health organizations are extensive. These connections are helpful for networking and obtaining internships at prestigious organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Students are highly encouraged to conduct research on campus or at a DC based organization, and also gain practical field experience through an internship.

Degree Flexibility

AU's master of science programs offer degree flexibility for the working professional. Applications are accepted year round and students can earn a master's degree in two years. Many classes are held in the evening and students have the option to take classes on a full- or part-time basis. Students can begin their program in the fall or spring semester. Each program has a priority deadline to be considered for merit funding: February 1 for environmental science and statistics; March 1 for biology.

MS in Environmental Science

The environmental science master's degree program trains students to successfully develop solutions to environmental problems. Grounded in rigorous scientific research and analysis with a multidisciplinary examination of the natural sciences, the environmental science graduate program also delves into the politics, policies, and economics of environmental issues.

Students take core courses in environmental science, geographic information systems, and statistical methods, then choose electives based on their interests. Courses include field methods, ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, conservation biology, environmental risk assessment, water resources, environmental economics, policy analysis, global environmental politics, and environmental sociology.

Graduates are prepared to engage in high-level, environmental problem solving. Recent graduates hold positions at the Environmental Protection Agency, Peace Corps, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Academy of Sciences, and many other renowned organizations.

MS in Biology

The biology master's degree program is a research degree that prepares students for a variety of careers in the life sciences and may also serve as an intermediate degree for those intending to pursue further graduate study. Graduate students have the opportunity to gain experience in scientific methods and experimental design in the laboratory and in the field.

The Department of Biology offers a variety of courses and research opportunities in the life sciences, with an emphasis on evolution and development, phylogenetics and systematics, molecular biology, genetics and genomics, microbiology, cell biology, ecology, and neurobiology.

More than 95% of biology graduate students have assistantships, stipends, or other financial aid and most finish the program in less than two years. Alumni are working at the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Health and Human Services, and the Smithsonian Institution, in addition to many who are working on or have completed their PhD, MD, or other advanced degrees.

MS in Statistics

The statistics master's degree program trains students in the development, research, and analysis of quantitative tools with a goal to turn ideas into intelligent, informed actions. The statistics MS offers course electives for students who intend to pursue a PhD in statistics or who want to pursue a terminal professional master's degree.

Students take core courses in regression, data analysis, statistical software, mathematical statistics, generalized linear models, and additional courses in statistical theory, methods, and applications. Faculty research areas range from the development of statistical methods for evolutionary biology and environmental science, biostatistics, computational statistics, statistics of genocide, sequential analysis, and many others areas of specialization.

AU's programs are highly analytical and give students the training and skills needed to effectively analyze problems in their professional careers. Alumni have held positions at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Freddie Mac, Geico, MedStar Health, the National Institutes of Health, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), RTI International, and the Walt Disney World Company.

Why American University

A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. AU's academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.

The university is highly interdisciplinary. Faculty and students from different AU schools and departments often collaborate to conduct research.

AU students are passionate, focused, and engaged. Connections that are made in the classroom result in a strong alumni network.

Location & Contact

Programs in Environmental Science, Biology, and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences
American University

Washington, DC

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences--General Master's
    • Environmental Sciences Master's
    • Statistics Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$45,780
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported


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