Biology, BS/Ecology and Society, MS

  • New York City

From the Concrete Jungle to the Cloud Forest

In this unique combined degree program, you’ll build solid scientific foundations in Pace’s BS in Biology before embarking on the MSc in Ecology and Society, an immersive graduate program at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. In addition to engaging in meaningful hands-on research in one of the world’s most diverse ecological landscapes, you’ll finish both degrees in just five years.

View Pace University’s Biology Curriculum View UPeace’s MSc in Ecology and Society Curriculum

Engage in Ecological Problem-Solving

  • Gain a deep understanding of ecological theory and analyses and their applications to the development of solutions to real-world challenges.
  • Engage in robust research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate level alongside internationally recognized biology and ecology scientists.
  • Learn to assess the ecological impacts of various environmental disturbances, such as climate change, and propose restoration strategies that help avoid future ecological problems.

Take Courses Like…

  • Ecology (Pace)
  • Urban Ecology (Pace)
  • Forest, Forestry, and Poverty (UPeace)
  • Tropical Ecosystem Assessment (UPeace)

Opportunities and Experiences

Undergraduate research at Pace: As an undergrad, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct independent laboratory research at a level typically reserved for graduate students using resources normally only found at large research institutions.

Graduate thesis in Costa Rica: In the graduate portion of the program, you’ll work with a faculty mentor on a professional-level thesis, which includes immersive, on-location study in unique field sites such as the Osa Peninsula, the Monteverde Cloud Forest region in Puntarenas, the Maquenque National Refuge in the Northern Zone, the numerous managed forests within driving distance of the University, and the campus’s own forest.

Choose Your Career

These degrees, coupled with the international connections you’ll make, will open a world of possibilities for your career in growing and in-demand fields. Opportunities include jobs at the local, national, and international levels in the public and private sectors, as well as the option to continue study in a PhD program, law school, or medical school.

Potential careers include:

  • Ecological scientists
  • Forester
  • Conservation scientist
  • Natural resource and wildlife manager
  • Recreation manager
  • Environmental assessment scientist
  • Sustainability scientist
  • City planner
  • Public school or college science educator



projected job growth in ecology-related fields over the next decade (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)


courses in UPeace program taught in English