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.
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.
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
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
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.