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Graduate Programs


The Department of Integrative Biology at UTSA offers three Master of Science degrees: Biology, Biotechnology, and Environmental Science. These degrees are designed to prepare students for careers in both private and government sectors. Our state-of-the-art laboratories lead to creation and dissemination of knowledge through research and publication. Our faculty are known locally, state-wide and nationally for their community, academic, and professional contributions.

Graduates from the programs are employed in diverse careers, including scientists in local and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia, many of which require a Master of Science Degree for placement or advancement. Graduates who complete a thesis are also highly competitive for top doctoral programs across the country.

All applications are processed by the Graduate School; however, our department is happy to advise and assist you in the preparation of your application. Please contact the appropriate Graduate Advisor of Record if you have any questions.

Please visit the UTSA Graduate School for the requirements and deadlines to apply to our programs.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Biology; BiotechnologyDr. Valerie Sponsel
Environmental ScienceDr. Kevin Eddy

Research-Active Graduate Faculty

  • Dr. Janis Bush
  • Dr. Jurgen Engelberth
  • Dr. Jeffrey Hutchinson
  • Dr. Brian Laub
  • Dr. Annie Lin
  • Dr. Martha Lundell
  • Dr. Jennifer Smith
  • Dr. Valerie Sponsel
  • Dr. Matthew Troia
  • Dr. Allison Veach

Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) Ph.D. Program

A range of environmental science related research topics may be pursued within the ESE doctoral program, which is a joint program supported by faculty in Engineering, Integrative Biology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences (previously Geological Sciences). Some areas of research emphasis include aquatic science, conservation and restoration ecology, and natural resources and wildlife management. The Ph.D. Program in Environmental Science and Engineering is administered by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
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