Environmental Science, MS

Campus: Westchester

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 610Environmental Science I3
ENS 611Environmental Science II3
ENS 622Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science4
ENS 624Environmental Policy and Politics3
ENS 772Thesis Preparation 11
ENS 790Environmental Science Seminar1
ENS 792Research in Environmental Science I 23
Required Elective Courses
Select 15-17 credits of the following: 315-17
Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Preparation
Conservation Biology
Wildlife Ecology
Plant Ecology and Conservation
Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology
Environmental Science Communication
Topics in Marine Pollution
Environmental Microbiology
Environmental Law
Research Methods for Ecological Field Studies
Graduate Ecology
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
Total Credits33-35

Thesis Completion:

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.