Master of Science
Natural Sciences - Environmental Science (Thesis Track)
College of Letters and Sciences
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Additional Program Requirements
- Program of Study
• Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, demonstrated excellent preparation in the Biological, Chemical, Environmental and/or Geological Sciences or permission of the program director.
• Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• A minimum combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam. The GRE must have been taken in the last five years.
• A one page statement of experience and interests.
• Two letters of reference. References should come from persons familiar with the applicant's academic or professional experience.
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles, theories, and methods with in the core discipline of the Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, environmental science, and geosciences.
• Employ critical and analytical thinking in application of the scientific method, including formulating and testing hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing data, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions.
• Report orally and in writing research results and conclusions according to accepted standards of the chosen area of core study.
Additional Program Requirements
Complete original, scientific research and write a comprehensive Master’s thesis based on this research.
Give an oral presentation of their Master’s thesis to a committee of approved reviewers in a forum open to the public.
Successfully defend their Master’s thesis during a comprehensive oral examination.
Program Of Study
Area 1 Program Core Required Hours: 3
ENGL 5149 Grant Writing
Area 2 Program Concentration Required Hours: 21-25 hours (Thesis Option)
Students must take the following courses unless taken for undergraduate credit (Thesis option)
ENVS 5207 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis
ENVS 5715 Environmental Science Seminar (repeated twice for credit)
POLS 6106 Environmental Issues and Public Policy
Students must take one course from Group A and one from Group B; at least one of these courses must include a lab (7-8 hours, thesis option)
Group A: Geosciences
ATSC 5117 Climate and Global Change
ENVS 5165 Hydrology
ENVS 5255 Environmental Geology
ENVS 7115 Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 5135 Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 5215 Geomorphology
Group B: Natural/Cultural Resources
ANTH 5125 Human Ecology
ENVS 5226 Culture and Environmental
ENVS 5315 Stream Ecology
ENVS 5405 Topics in Conservation
ENVS 6206 Water Resources Management
ENVS 6235 Introduction to Geographic Information and Global Positioning Systems (for thesis option only)
Program Electives: (5-8 Thesis option)
Students may take any 5000+ graduate ATSC, BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, GEOL, GEOG with advisor approval. May take Environmental Science Seminar for up to 2 additional credits beyond the 2 required semesters.
Area 3 Program Requirements (Thesis Option) Required Hours: 8-12ENVS 7000 Masters Thesis Defense
ENVS 7001 Certification Exam
ENVS 7999 Research in Environmental Science (may be repeated for credit)*
*A minimum of 8 hours of ENVS 7999 must be completed, with a total of 33 hours combined in Areas 2 and 3.
36 total hours required