Available on the Master of Science degree
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree with a major in Biology or Geology, or the
equivalent or a major in one of the other sciences, or engineering, or one of
the social sciences. Students with undergraduate preparations different from these
will be considered after careful review.
The student must have completed at least one year of biology, one semester of
physical geology, one year of chemistry, and one semester of calculus. Satisfactory
scores on the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination are required.
Students pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental
Sciences must complete 30 semester hours with thesis or 36 semester hours without
a thesis. These semester hours, thesis or non-thesis, must include nine semester
hours with EITHER an ecology OR earth resource emphasis, two semester
hours of computer courses, and one hour of seminar. The remainder include 12
semester hours of electives (with thesis) and six semester hours thesis, or
24 semester hours of electives without a thesis. The nine semester hour emphasis
courses must be selected from either of the following groups:
Thesis Program: (30 semester hours) Ecology Emphasis Courses (9 sem hrs) Biology 50103 - Terrestrial Ecosystems (fall, odd years)
Biology 50313 - Biogeography (spring, odd years)
Biology 50703 - Ecology of Lakes & Streams (spring,
Biology 50713 - Marine Ecology (fall, even years)
Earth Resource Emphasis Courses (9 sem hrs)
Geology 50493 - Hydrology (every fall)
Geology 50712 - Environmental Geology (fall, even years)
Geology 50721 - Geographic Information Systems (fall,
Geology 50731 - Remote Sensing Technology (fall, odd years)
Geology 50741 - Image Processing (fall, odd years)
Geology 50751 - Image Interpretation (fall, odd years)
Geology 50783 - Environmental Chemistry (Spring, odd years)
Computer Courses (0-2 semester hours - can be waived if computer competent)
Proficiency in Macintosh and Windows Computers and Applications
(may be fulfilled by course work or waived if competent.
Geology 50901 - Computer Applications in Geology (Macintosh)
Seminar (1 semester hour)
A one semester hour course in which selected topics of
major environmental issues will be addressed. Students will receive instruction
in how to prepare and present scientific seminars.
Thesis (6 semester hours)
An appropriate research topic should be selected by the
end of the student's first year of graduate work.
Electives (12-14 semester hours)
The electives are selected with the approval of the Director
and/or the major professor.
Non-Thesis Program: (36 semester hours)
A 36 semester hour Non-Thesis Program M.S. degree is also available. This option
requires 24-26 semester hours of electives plus the above requirements.
Administration and Counseling: An advisory committee of three faculty appointed
by the chair of the Departments of Biology and Geology is responsible for evaluating
applicants and advising the director of the program. At least one environmental
sciences faculty member must be on all graduate committees. Students may obtain
counseling and/or information from Dr. Leo Newland, Room 248, Sid W. Richardson
Physical Sciences Building, or from the chair of the Department of Biology or
Geology. Programs for individual students will be prescribed by personal counseling,
taking into account the student's background and objectives.