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Environmental Science Master of Science - Basic Preparation

Environmental Science Master of Science -  Basic Preparation

Students seeking a master's degree must have course work preparation appropriate to their area of specialization. At least 34 hours of natural science and 6 hours of mathematics are required prior to admission. Candidates should have a "B" average (GPA: 3.0) on the last 60 hours of credit. GRE scores are required by all students applying for the graduate program. Scores will be evaluated by the school's admissions committee. The GRE scores required for environmental science programs are 3.5 Writing, 150 Quantitative, 290 Total.
 
Students seeking a master's degree must have coursework appropriate to their area of specialization, and should submit a written statement to the Science and Computer Engineering Office of Academic Advising sceadvising@uhcl.edu specifying the intended area of specialization (i.e., Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology, Industrial Hygiene, Safety) as well as educational goals and objectives. Basic requirement courses do not count toward the degree. These courses do, however, count toward the total hours required above.
The following must be completed prior to admission into the graduate plan:
General Chemistry I and II with labs 2 semesters
General Physics I and II with labs 2 semesters
Calculus I 1 semester

The following must be completed prior to or within the first year of study:
Organic Chemistry I 1 semester
Statistics 1 semester
The master's degree requires completion of a minimum of 36 hours
 
The Environmental Science core must be taken in the order listed:
STAT 5135 Applied Statistical Methods
ENSC 5530 Research Methods: Environmental Science
ENSC 6731 Graduate Seminar
Or
ENSC 6838 Research Project
Or
ENSC 6939 Master's Thesis Research

Thesis and research project course options are available and are described below.
Environmental Science Thesis Option (36 Hours)
STAT 5135 Applied Statistical Methods 3 hours
ENSC 5530 Research Methods: Environmental Science 3 hours
ENSC 6939 Master's Thesis: Environmental Science 6 hours
Designated electives (maximum of 6 hours of 4000 level credit) 24 hours



Environmental Science Research Project Course Option (36 Hours)
ENSC 5530 Research Methods: Environmental Science 3 hours
ENSC 6838 Research Project
or ENSC 6731 Graduate Seminar
3 hours
STAT 5135 Applied Statistical Methods 3 hours
Designated electives (maximum of 6 hours of 4000 level credit) 27 hours

Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and must include at least one course from three of the following areas: biology, chemistry, geology, industrial hygiene and safety. A maximum of six hours of environmental management courses may be included.

All graduate students are required to produce a major paper and present a public seminar. Prior to enrolling in ENSC 6731 or ENSC 6838, students must have a faculty advisor and an approved research topic.

Students pursuing the research project option may be advised to complete hours in independent study or internship in addition to ENSC 6838. Before enrolling in thesis, students must have a faculty thesis advisor and an approved research proposal.


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