M.S. in Environmental Science


The M.S. in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for various jobs, including environmental project management, regulatory compliance, research, and teaching. Hands-on learning through research and other field experiences occurs regularly, with additional funding available for significant national research presentations.

Environmental scientists contribute to solutions for complex environmental and social problems, including climate change, the environmental impacts of plastics, sustainability, and social justice. 

Concentration Options

Environmental Science Concentration

The standard-bearer of environmental degrees, the Environmental Science concentration emphasizes the importance of training traditional scientists prepared for the demands of industry and society. Our program allows students to work with a faculty adviser in the area of their choice, with one-on-one tutelage conducting a thesis project. Students often engage in volunteer and internship experiences, and upon graduation, go on to work in one of the many local, regional, or government environmental organizations.

Social Policy Concentration 

With the ever-increasing complexity of environmental law and management practices, the social policy track offers students the ability to familiarize themselves with this system. Faculty covering a range of disciplines and with expertise ranging from local to international law guide students through this degree, and graduates leave prepared to tackle the intricate challenges of today’s policies.

Designed With You in Mind

Upon graduation, students qualify for job positions such as environmental scientist, compliance specialist, project manager, and researcher. Several options for teaching environmental science in public schools and at the collegiate level are also available. 

Preparing You to Make a Difference

The Tarleton Center for Environmental Studies collaborates with the TIAER and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center to ensure the success of students through state-of-the-art research facilities. Graduates of our program will be able to:

  • Assess degradation of natural resources
  • Restore degraded lands
  • Analyze land and water pollution
  • Develop or promote policies that influence access to and use of natural resources

Estimated Completion

32 – 36 Credit Hours (2+ years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies
  2. Meet Program-Specific Requirements
  3. Obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Hydrology or any other areas related to Environmental Science


32-hour thesis track: $12,000 – $16,000 (in-state tuition, books, and fees). 

36-hour professional track: $13,000 – $18,000 (in-state tuition, books, and fees). 

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Program Objectives

  • Provide students with a solid background in environmental science that they can use to integrate their knowledge across many different areas.
  • Provide students with technical skills such as the ability to observe, record, and interpret data.
  • Students will gain the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Students will learn how to work in a group setting and develop project management capabilities necessary for a career in Environmental Science.
  • Provide students with the scientific knowledge and training to better understand and resolve environmental problems.

Coursework Highlights

ClassNumberClass Name
BIOL5320Environmental and Restoration Biology
CHEM5310Environmental Chemistry
POLS5311Environmental Law
ENVS5310Environmental Geology
ENVS5320Issues in Water Resources
ENVS5325Environmental Hydrology
ENVS5335Watershed Modeling
ENVS5341Environmental Site Assessment

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

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