Student in EBS atrium.

The Division of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems (EBS) is a unique multidisciplinary program that combines study of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect human and environmental health.


As the world increasingly looks to technology to address many environmental and health issues—such as exposure to toxic substances, water quality, climate change, and other anthropogenic impacts—today’s scientists must draw from a wide range of technical fields, including computer science, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and many other traditional and emerging disciplines.

EBS has research and educational strengths in four complementary areas where our faculty have strong international reputations (environmental chemistry, metallobiochemistry, microbial molecular biology, and hydrodynamic modeling). Emerging areas of strength include sensors, nanotechnology, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, and natural products chemistry.


EBS offers a range of degree programs that allows flexibility to accommodate the educational goals of students coming from various backgrounds (biology, chemistry, engineering, etc.) and pursuing a range of career goals. Courses are taught by faculty who are experts in their fields and cover the fundamental and applied aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, environmental science, environmental engineering, and environmental information technology. 

The Division of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems offers M.S. (thesis or non-thesis) and Ph.D. degrees in:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)
Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE)

Within both degrees, students can opt for concentrations that emphasizes the full interdisciplinary scope of the Division:
Environmental and Biomolecular Systems (EBS)

Or students can choose a concentration that emphasizes coastal science:
Estuarine and Ocean Systems (EOS)