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Environmental Science Master of Science - Basic Preparation

Environmental Science Master of Science -  Basic Preparation

The graduate plan in Environmental Science leads to the master of science (M.S.) degree. The plan seeks, through an interdisciplinary approach, to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector. Graduates of the plan may also be prepared to pursue further academic training in environmental sciences and occupational health. Students must specialize in one of the following areas:

All graduate students are required to produce a major paper and present a public seminar. Prior to enrolling in ENSC 5530, students must have a faculty adviser and an approved research topic.  Following completion of ENSC 5530, the student will be advised into ENSC 6731 or ENSC 6838 or ENSC 6939. 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 adviser and an approved research proposal.
Environmental Science Basic Requirements
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 six 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.

Students should submit a written statement to the Office of the Dean of Science and Computer Engineering specifying their educational goals and objectives as well as their intended areas of specialization, i.e., Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology, Industrial Hygiene or Safety. Applicants are also encouraged to submit letter(s) of recommendation as supporting documents. 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
  • General Physics I and II with labs
  • Calculus I

The following must be completed prior to or within the first year of study:
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Statistics
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
Environmental Science Thesis Option (36 hours) 
STAT 5135 Applied Statistical Methods
ENSC 5530 Research Methods: Environmental Science
ENSC 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Designated electives 24 hours (maximum of six hours of 4000-level credit) and 6 hours of thesis.  Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser and must include at least one course from three of the following rubrics: BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or INDH. A maximum of six hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.
Environmental Science Research Project Course Option (36 hours) 
STAT 5135 Applied Statistical Methods
ENSC 5530 Research Methods: Environmental Science
ENSC 6838 Research Project
  Or
ENSC 6731 Graduate Seminar
Designated electives 27 hours (maximum 6 hours of 4000-level credit).  Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser and must include at least one course from three of the following rubrics: BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or INDH. A maximum of six hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.

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