Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Science, MS

The MS in Environmental Science provides training both for further graduate study in a more specialized area of environmental science, and for careers involving hazard communication, environmental monitoring, ecological assessment and environmental regulation.

Curriculum provides students with a broad perspective on environmental issues and instruction individualized so students can specialize in an area of interest (e.g., toxicology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, geographical information systems, or public administration) related to environmental issues.

The program may be completed either on a full- or part-time basis. Most classes are held in the late afternoon or evening.

Prerequisites: One year of college-level General Biology and General Chemistry. Recommended but not required are Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus. It is possible to complete some prerequisites following admission. Moreover, applicants with working experience in an area of environmental science may have some of these requirements waived. For this option please contact the Program Director.

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Master of Science in Environmental Science
This program’s curriculum is structured so that students consider environmental issues from scientific, ethical, public policy and legal perspectives. Curriculum specialization can be designed in various areas, including toxicology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, geographical information and surveillance systems, or public administration related to environmental issues. Faculty include professionals in academia, industry, research and law who bring the most up to date information into the program.  In addition to core courses, students complete one of two tracks: science-based general track or public administration track.

Required Core Courses: (18 credits)

ENS 610 Environmental Science I (3)
ENS 611 Environmental Science II (3)
ENS 622 Environmental Sampling and Analysis(4)
ENS 624 Environmental Science Policy, Ethics & Sustainability (3)
ENS 772 Thesis Preparation (1)
ENS 790 Environmental Science Seminar (1)
ENS 792 Research Environmental Science (3)

Required Track (13-17 credits)
Basic Science Track (13-16 credits)

Choose one course from Area 2 below and at least four courses from Area 3.

Public Administration Track (13-17 credits)

Students must take all courses in Area 1 and at least one course each from Area 2 and Area 3.

Area 1:
PAA 601 Public Administration and its Environment (3)
PAA 602 Organizational Theory and Management (3)
PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis (3)

Area 2:
ENS 650  Environmental Law (3)
ENS 625  Environmental Science Communication (3)
ENS 501 Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements (3)
ENS 780 Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (4)
ENS 760 Waste Management, Site Remediation and Land Reuse (4)

Area 3:
ENS 505 Animal Conservation Biology (3)
ENS 506 Wildlife Ecology (3)
ENS 511 Plant Ecology and Conservation (3)
ENS 531 Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology (3)
ENS 629 Topics in Marine Pollution (3)
ENS 651 Research Methods for Ecological Field Studies (3)
ENS 730 Environmental Microbiology (4)
ENS 731 Field Botany and Vegetation Analysis (4)
ENS 740 Environmental Toxicology and Epidemiology (4)
ENS 793 Research II (3)
ENS 798 Special Topics in Environmental Science (1-3)

                                                Total credits: 31-35

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