Academics

Environmental Science, MS

Announcements

  • The master's degree in Environmental Science was known as the master's degree in Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences until spring 2013.

The MS program requires 30 credit hours and includes both thesis and non-thesis options. Formal coursework includes a required core curriculum and a specialty area. 

Environmental Science, Thesis and Non-Thesis Tracks ("a" and "b")

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours past the bachelor's.  The Thesis (option "a") and Non-Thesis (option "b") include coursework as well as research components. 

Program of Study

Core Courses (6 credits):

ENVSCI 603 – Coasts and Communities I
ENVSCI 604 – Coasts and Communities II

Skills Course (3 credits, choose 1 from):

ENVSCI 601 – Intro. Prob. & Applied Stats (3 credits)
ENVSCI 611 – Applied Stats (3 credits)
ENVSCI 662L - Chemometrics (3 credits)

Ethics (1 credit):

ENVSCI 600 – Responsible Conduct of Research

School for the Environment Seminar (2 credits):

All option "a" and option "b" MS students must attend seminar each week throughout their enrollment in the program. MS students will earn credit for each semester they enroll in ENVSCI 791 (Seminar in Environmental Sciences). Option "a" students are required to present a short research seminar in their second year.

Science Electives (choose 1 course not already taken):

ENVSCI 601 – Intro. Prob. Applied Stats (3 credits)
ENVSCI 607 – Introduction to Environmental Innovation Clinic (3 credits)
ENVSCI 611 – Applied Statistics (3 credits)
ENVSCI 613 – Oceans and Human Health (3 credits)
ENVSCI 623 – Introduction to GIS (4 credits)
ENVSCI 625 – Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing (4 credits)
ENVSCI 630 – Biological Oceanography (3 credits)
ENVSCI 635 – Environmental Toxicology (3 credits)
ENVSCI 640 – Chemistry of Natural Waters (3 credits)
ENVSCI 650 – Physical Oceanography (3 credits)
ENVSCI 657 – Fluvial Hydrology (3 credits)
ENVSCI 658 – Geomorphology of Coastal Watershed (3 credits)
ENVSCI 660L – Coastal Ecological Processes (3 credits)
ENVSCI 662L – Applied Chemometrics (3 credits)
ENVSCI 665L – Ecological Risk Assessment (3 credits)
ENVSCI 688 - Advanced Marine GIS (4 credits)
ENVSCI 693 - Ecophysiology of Fishes (3 credits)​​

ENVSCI 710 – Environ. Biogeochemistry (3 credits)
ENVSCI 715 – Isotope Geochemistry (3 credits)

Policy Electives (choose 1 course not already taken):

ENVSCI 616 – Environ. Policy & Admin. (3 credits)
ENVSCI 645 –  Env. Issues Horn of Africa (3 credits)
ENVSCI 654 – Profess. Science Comm. (3 credits)
ENVSCI
670L – Environ. & Energy Economics (3 credits)
ENVSCI 674L – Climate and Energy (3 credits)
ENVSCI 675L – Economics of Renewables (3 credits)
ENVSCI 680 – Coastal and Ocean Law (3 credits)
ENVSCI 685 – Ecosystem Manage. Law, Policy (3 credits)
ENVSCI 716 -  Sci. & Tech. Info. & Policy Proc. (3 credits)
ENVSCI 718 - Environmental Law (3 credits)​

ENVSCI 726 - Coastal Zone Management (3 credits)

Thesis/Project (6 hours):

Track “a” 6 hours ENVSCI 699
Track “b” 6 hours ENVSCI 698

Additional Electives (courses and independent research hours to fulfill the remaining credit hour requirement):

Choose from any of the above courses not taken to satisfy core requirement or choose from additional 600+ level electives as approved by your faculty mentor and thesis committee.