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Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Certificate

The Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Certificate (E3B) is a rigorous program that advances students’ knowledge of the environmental sciences, allowing them to prepare for highly competitive graduate programs or pivot to environmental biology or ecology-related careers.

E3B’s curriculum provides college graduates who did not major in environmental biology the type of academic experience that highly competitive graduate programs require. The part-time program’s flexible schedule allows students to advance their education at their preferred pace.

A limited number of competitive research grants are available that can provide up to $1,000 per student for independent lab or field research. New York City-based institutions offer research opportunities in affiliation with the E3B program.


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$1,000 Of potential grant funding for independent lab/field research
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300,000 In the Global Network you join as a Columbia grad

Advance knowledge of the environmental sciences and prepare for graduate study or careers in related fields.

Who should apply:
  • Recent graduates who wish to prepare for graduate school in a field related to ecology and/or environmental biology.
  • Professionals seeking a career change into a purposeful and dynamic career.

International Students: This Certificate program does not qualify for an F-1 student visa. International students who seek a full-time program should review other programs available through Columbia SPS.

Added benefits:
  • Small class sizes allow for individualized attention
  • Students will be able to conduct research under the mentorship of departmental faculty
Program Details
Certificate Options Application Requirements Course Format Time Commitment
Certificate in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (Part‑Time)

Bachelor’s or equivalent

Designed to be part-time, with students completing the certificate in four to eight terms (including summers). 

9 courses in total. 

Certificate in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (Full‑Time)

Bachelor’s or equivalent 

If started in the summer term, the program can be completed in three intensive terms (one calendar year) on a full-time or near full-time basis.

9 courses in total. 

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* International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll in the full-time option (12 credits per term), if available, and study on campus.