Environmental Science MS

Total Units Required: 30-36

The Master of Science in Environmental Science is designed for students who wish to transition from an undergraduate degree to the workforce in professional science, or for students who desire additional research experience to advance their careers or to prepare for additional postgraduate studies. The program consists of 30 units of advanced lecture coursework and directed individual study leading to the writing of a thesis, followed by its oral defense. Several tracks of study are available including both thesis-based and project-based curricula (through the professional science masters option). The curriculum is composed of several core courses within a discipline followed by courses selected by the student’s individual needs or interest. Our faculty conducts active research in applied ecology, environmental chemistry, ecohydrology, and atmospheric science. The department maintains high expectations and standards for professional conduct and productivity which prepare students to meet their specific goals. 

The professional science option. This is a unique program where students work on a culminating project typically through their employer or an agency/industry partner. All students take management and administration courses in addition to science courses related to their project. Several advising tracks are available including natural resources and sustainable development and technology.

Two students sitting on the gravel banks of the creek examine some specimen in a tray using tweezers.