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Biological Monitoring and Assessment Certificate

Investigate the impact our human population has on the world around us — including the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil and vegetation we use to grow the food we eat. 

At the University of Central Missouri, our Biological Monitoring and Assessment undergraduate certificate gives you a firm foundation in sampling, assessment and monitoring through ample hands-on experiences. You’ll be prepared to pursue environmental science careers in conservation, natural resources, wildlife management and more. 

In-person and online certificate classes available

Take your five required Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate courses at our Warrensburg campus. Some of them are offered online for added flexibility. The culminating experience for our undergraduate certificate is an in-person internship, which can be pursued on campus, in nearby Kansas City or beyond.

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Online course options available

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5 courses, plus an internship, to finish

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Renovated specialty labs and facilities

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17:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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300-acre Pertle Springs Nature Preserve

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3K-sq-ft animal/aquatic research center

What you will study

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to integrate all types of environmental data into meaningful collections that can be used in ecological modeling and investigations. 

With UCM’s Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate, you’ll put an ecological and environmental stamp on any bachelor’s degree. Build a strong foundation as you pursue courses such as:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Dendrology
  • Introduction to Experimental Design and Analysis

You’ll then complete a biology-related internship to gain experience and prepare for a rewarding, science-based career.


Excellence in Biology

  • A Best Value College for Biological & Biomedical Sciences (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in biological monitoring and assessment

At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be able to put your learning into action at every turn in the classroom and as you take part in:

  • Clubs and organizations: Many of our undergraduate biology students — including those who pursue our Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate — join our student chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society. With more than 185 clubs and organizations at UCM, you’ll find rewarding ways to advance your studies while meeting fellow classmates. 
  • Internships: Completing an internship to finish your Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate will prepare you for your career after UCM.


What can you do with a Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate from UCM?

If you’re looking to pursue a career as an environmental biologist or in the safety sciences, adding UCM’s Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate to your resume may be valuable for your career aspirations.

Our graduates can be found working in consulting roles and in industry and government agencies. Some of them continue on to various master’s degree programs.

Specialize for a strong, science-based future

Explore more about career options and salary expectations using the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for our Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate

UCM students who add a Biological Monitoring and Assessment certificate to their studies have several ways to finance their college education. If you’re also enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program, you could qualify for general university scholarships, program-specific awards and other funding opportunities.

Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.



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