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Environmental Science, MS

Graduate Program Information

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.

Graduate Program Curriculum (33-35 Credits)

Seven (7) Required Core Courses (18 credits)

ENS 610Environmental Science I

3 credits

ENS 611Environmental Science II

3 credits

ENS 622Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science

4 credits

ENS 624Environmental Policy and Politics

3 credits

ENS 772Thesis Preparation

1 credits

ENS 790Environmental Science Seminar

1 credits

ENS 792Research in Environmental Science I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

*Note: ENS 772 and ENS 792 are one-on-one courses relating to thesis research. In ENS 772, 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 which is conducted under the supervision of the student’s approved thesis advisor.

Required Elective Courses (15-17 credits)

Students choose courses from the following list. For other MCA electives that may  be available, student should consult program director for details and required approvals.

ENS 501Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Preparation

4 credits

ENS 505Conservation Biology

3 credits

ENS 506Wildlife Ecology

3 credits

ENS 511Plant Ecology and Conservation

3 credits

ENS 531Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology

3 credits

ENS 625Environmental Science Communication

3 credits

ENS 629Topics in Marine Pollution

3 credits

ENS 630Environmental Microbiology

4 credits

ENS 650Environmental Law

3 credits

ENS 651Research Methods for Ecological Field Studies

3 credits

ENS 696DGraduate Ecology

3 credits

ENS 731Field Botany and Vegetation Analysis

4 credits

ENS 740Environmental Toxicology and Pathology

4 credits

ENS 760Waste Management, Site Remediation and Land Reuse

4 credits

ENS 780Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

0 - 4 credits

ENS 793Research in Environmental Science II

3 credits

ENS 798Special Topics in Environmental Science

1 - 3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-17

Thesis Completion:

Note: ENS 793 - Research II (one-on-one course conducted under supervision of the thesis Advisor and essentially a continuation of ENS 792) 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.

Total Credits: 33-35

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