Environmental Science, M.S.

 Requirements for a major in Environmental Science (MS)

  1. Candidates must complete thirty semester hours of graduate courses including six semester hours of research and thesis (5V99). ). Our curriculum includes a core of 4 classes. Each student will be required to complete at least three semester hours at the graduate level in four of the five areas consisting of: Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Risk Assessment, and Statistics and Ecological and Environmental Systems (see table below). At least twelve semester hours will be 5000-level courses (excluding 5V99).
  2. Candidates will present a proposal to their thesis committee that defines the area of environmental interest including the identification of a major problem in the area.
  3. When the course work is completed and the thesis is accepted, the candidates must pass an oral examination over the thesis.
  4. There is no foreign language requirement.
  5. Admission in the Master of Science program requires a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering, at least 8 semester hours of chemistry and an additional 40 semester hours of previous course work in sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Note: The 40 science hours plus 8 hours in chemistry will meet the standards for admission into the Master of Science program for applicants with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Select one course from four of the five core competency areas12
Statistical Science/Data Analysis/Data Interpretation/Modeling
Statistical Methods
Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Quality Systems
Advanced Statistics for Environmental Scientists
Environmental Toxicology
Fundamentals of Toxicology
Advanced Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Risk Assessment
Advanced Methods for Human Health Risk Assessment and Analysis
Ecological Risk Assessment
Ecological and Environmental Systems
Advanced Studies in Biology
Integrative Seminar in Environmental Studies
Remote Sensing
Climate Anthropology
Water Management
Choose from at least 12 hours of 5000-level courses (excluding 5V99)12
Thesis Requirement
ENV 5V99Research for Master's Thesis6
Total Hours30