Program components

To view the Graduate Program Regulations for Environmental Sciences, click here.

Master's in Environmental Science

Environmental Science Master's students must complete a total of 38 credits.  Of this total, 18 credits (47%) correspond to core courses, 6 credits (16%) in emphasis areas, 2 credits (5%) to a graduate seminar, 6 credits (16%) to elective courses, and 6 credits (16%) to graduate research leading towards a Master's thesis.

Distribution by area - Masters

Credits

Percent

Core courses

18

47%

Emphasis areas

6

16%

Graduate seminar

2

5%

Elective courses

6

16%

Graduate research

6

16%

 

38

100%

 

Students must also approve Part A of the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program qualifying exam, present and defend their thesis proposal, and present and defend a Master's thesis.  In order to follow up on student academic and research progress, until the student selects a thesis supervisor, the Program Coordinator will serve as mentor and will meet with the students at least twice per semester.

 

Doctorate in Environmental Science

Environmental Science Doctoral students must complete a total of 60 credits.  Of this total, 18 credits (30%) correspond to core courses, 9 credits (15%) to emphasis areas, 2 credits (3%) to a graduate seminar, 4 credits (7%) in an emphasis seminar, 9 credits (15%) to elective courses, and 18 credits (30%) to graduate research leading towards a Doctoral thesis.

Distribution by area - Doctorate

Credits

Percent

Core courses

18

30%

Emphasis areas

9

15%

Graduate seminar

2

3%

Emphasis seminar

4

7%

Elective courses

9

15%

Graduate research

18

30%

 

60

100%


Students must also present a graduate seminar, approve parts A and B of the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program qualifying exams, present and defend their thesis research proposal, present and defend an original research proposal in their emphasis area, and present and defend a Doctoral dissertation.  In order to follow up on student academic and research progress, until the student selects a thesis supervisor, the Program Coordinator will serve as mentor and will meet with the students at least twice per semester.