Environmental Science, MS
This 33-35 credit program in Environmental Science, including its required thesis, can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis, with most classes held in the afternoon or evening to accommodate working professionals. Curriculum specialization can be designed in various areas, including toxicology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, geographical information, and surveillance systems.
Scholarship opportunities and/or competitive graduate assistantships are available for certain candidates.
Admission requirements include the following undergraduate course: one year of General Chemistry, one semester of Organic Chemistry, and one year of General Biology. College-level Physics and Calculus are recommended but not required.
|Required Core Courses|
|ENS 610||Environmental Science I||3|
|ENS 611||Environmental Science II||3|
|ENS 622||Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science||4|
|ENS 624||Environmental Policy and Politics||3|
|ENS 772||Thesis Preparation 1||1|
|ENS 790||Environmental Science Seminar||1|
|ENS 792||Research in Environmental Science I 2||3|
|Required Elective Courses|
|Select 15-17 credits of the following: 3||15-17|
|Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Preparation|
|Plant Ecology and Conservation|
|Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology|
|Environmental Science Communication|
|Topics in Marine Pollution|
|Research Methods for Ecological Field Studies|
|Field Botany and Vegetation Analysis|
|Environmental Toxicology and Pathology|
|Waste Management, Site Remediation and Land Reuse|
|Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems|
|Research in Environmental Science II|
|Special Topics in Environmental Science|
One-on-one courses relating to thesis research. A tutorial taken during the first year of the program, student and mentor together will explore preliminary questions relating to thesis research. When ready to fully embark on thesis research, the student then takes ENS 792 Research in Environmental Science I which is conducted under the supervision of the student’s approved thesis advisor.
One-on-one courses relating to thesis research.
For other MCA electives that may be available, student should consult program director for details and required approvals.
Note: ENS 793 Research in Environmental Science II (one-on-one course conducted under supervision of the thesis Advisor and essentially a continuation of ENS 792 Research in Environmental Science I) is available to a student who requires additional time to complete the required thesis.
Note, too, that any student who has completed all coursework (core and elective) and is solely working on the required thesis must register for Maintenance of Matriculation each semester until graduation.