Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science

Environmental Science is an academic discipline that incorporates multiple fields of scientific study — such as physics, biology, geology, geography, and chemistry — in order to study the environment and find solutions to environmental problems.

About This Program

The School of the Environment offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Environmental Sciences.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science requires a minimum of 36 semester hours to complete.

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is awarded to candidates who display an in-depth understanding of the subject matter by successfully completing the program of study and demonstrating the ability to make significant contributions to their field of study.

This program requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours as follows: 19 hours of core courses, 12 hours of concentration courses, and 6 hours for a thesis.

Concentration offerings include:

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Restoration & Waste Management
  • Marine & Estuarine Environments
  • Environmental Policy & Management
  • Radiation Protection

Total Credit Hours for Degree: ≤ 36 hrs

Academic Course Curriculum (coming soon)

Your Map to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science Degree

During the first year of study,  students will adhere to core courses that all M.S. candidates are required to take. The second year, students  will follow a curriculum comprised of courses from their selected concentration.

A. Core Courses (*)



Admission into the M.S. degree program requires that students hold a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours or the last 90 quarter hours of undergraduate education or have a combined score of 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an advanced degree in a related area of study, a prospective research advisor, and financial support.
Admission to the School of the Environment M.S. degree program may be subject to space and fiscal limitations. Selection criteria include such factors as grades, test scores, educational objectives, area of study, work experience, recommendations, and personal records.
All admissions shall be approved by the School of the Environment Graduate Committee, the School of the Environment dean, and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
You will experience state-of-the-art research facilities housed in approximately 6,000 square feet of space in the Humphries Science Research Center. Instruments available to both faculty and students in this facility include ICP/OES, GC/MS, HPLC, AA, and high resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy with fiber optic access to the internet. In addition, the School houses a GIS computer laboratory with high performance computers and high speed internet access. Laboratory equipment is continuously upgraded and replaced to maintain our cutting-edge status. 
The School offers eligible students support through scholarships and work-study assistantships. Students also have opportunities for internships in industry, state, and federal laboratories. 


Program Faculty

Name Email Phone
(chair)   (850) 000-0000
Ashvini Chauhan, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Environmental Biotechnology; Molecular Microbial Ecology  
  (850) 000-0000
Charles Jagoe Ph.D., Distinguished Professor
Aquatic and Coastal Ecology: Ecotoxicology  
Elijah Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Theoretical and Computational Chemistry  
Frederic Essien, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Atmospheric Pollution; Environmental Radioactivity  
Henry Williams, Ph.D., Professor
Microbial Ecology; Microbial Predation; Bacterial Predators  
Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor
Radiation Protection; Environmental Radiochemistry  
Marcia Allen Owens, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Environmental Policy & Law; Environmental Literacy,  
Michael Abazinge, Ph.D., Professor
Environmental Physiology; Bioconversion of Agricultural Waste  
Richard D. Gragg, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Environmental Toxicology, Policy and Risk Management