To gain admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Science program, students must meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and must hold an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences such as Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Hydrology, or other areas related to environmental science.
In addition to a bachelor's degree as described above, students will need a certain minimum preparation or equivalent course work. This can include the following courses or equivalents:
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry, Physical Geology, Calculus
The graduate advisor will review the student's transcript and determine the nature and amount of leveling work. These requirements must be completed before a student is allowed to take more than twelve graduate semester credit hours toward the MS in Environmental Science.
Each student who applies for admission to the Environmental Science program must submit a statement of purpose that describes the following:
1. the student's interest in the area of environmental science and long-term professional goals;
2. an explanation of how the student's personal and research objectives correspond with those of the program.
A resume is not acceptable in lieu of this statement.
A. Thesis Option (30 hours)
ENVS 580; ENVS 585, BIOL 598 or AGRI 560: ENVS 520 or ENVS 525 or CHEM 510; ENVS 588 (Thesis, 6 hours)
In addition the student must have at least 18 hrs of ENVS courses to graduate
Electives can be chosen from a variety of fields including Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Geology, and Hydrology. Elective courses must be approved by the student's adisor.. Students are limited to no more than 12 hours of undergraduate courses or problems courses. Successful defense of an acceptable thesis will conclude the program.
B. Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)
ENVS 580; ENVS 585, BIOL 598 or AGRI 560: ENVS 520 or ENVS 525 or CHEM 510 In addition the student must have at least 18 hrs of ENVS courses to graduate.
Electives can be chosen from a variety of fields including Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Geology, and Hydrology. Elective courses must be approved by the student's advisor. Students are limited to no more than 12 hours of undergraduate courses or problems courses. A comprehensive written and oral examination on course work will conclude the program.
Students pursuing the thesis option will be expected to prepare a thesis based on original research. A thesis proposal will be prepared for approval by the student's advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies prior to the initiation of research. For students wishing to graduate within two years, the thesis proposal should be completed by the spring semester of the first year. The thesis proposal and the thesis will be in conformance with the guidelines and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis must demonstrate the capability of the student to perform original research and to present the results obtained from such research in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. Students pursuing the non-thesis option will take six hours of additional course work instead of the thesis as approved by their committee.