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Biological Sciences

Human health and environmental science issues are two of the most pressing points of study and concern today. With Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International program in Biological Sciences, these issues are at the forefront of what you’ll learn. With options in either human health or environmental science, and the choice between a thesis or report option, this program is designed to fit you.

Study Locally, Learn Globally

If you’re not sure whether to pursue a master’s degree in biology or enter the Peace Corps, our program is the perfect solution. You’ll receive an intensive foundational education, learning in Michigan Tech’s state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. Then, receive your Peace Corps placement and travel abroad, using your knowledge to serve the people and meet the needs of your host country. See for yourself the problems faced by people from other cultures and countries—and create the solutions needed to solve those problems.

Course Work and Prerequisites


You should have an undergraduate degree with a strong academic record in any field of biological science or environmental science/engineering.

Course Schedule

Students in our program have the option of two unique tracks of study: environmental or human health. All students in the program take several common core courses, then develop a course program tailored to their interests within a track of specified study. Example courses are listed below under each track.
All students

  • SS5201 Cultural Dimensions of International Immersion and Research
  • FW5770 Community Planning and Analysis
  • BL5994 International Biological Sciences Practicum
  • BL5990 Master’s Research in Biological Sciences
  • If you do not already have a secondary teacher certification, you may wish to take ED4700 Fundamentals of Instruction and/or ED5110 Educational Psychology

Environmental track

  • BL4440 Fish Biology
  • BL4450 Limnology
  • BL4465 Biological Oceanography
  • BL5120 Environmental Remediation and Toxicology
  • BL5145 Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • BL5431 Population Ecology
  • BL5451 Aquatic Ecology
  • BL5455 Research Methods in Aquatic Ecology
  • BL5461 Ecosystem Ecology
  • BL5750 Advanced Ecology: Communities
  • FW5510 Foundations of Restoration Ecology

Human Health track