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Master of Science Concentration in Environmental Science (MS)

Degree Program Requirements

  1. Indicating the 300 course has been reviewed and deemed to have acceptable rigor, and
  2. Where applicable, identifying the name and course number of the class that the 300-level course will replace.

MS students have the option to complete an independent research project, submitted as a formal essay. A minimum of two semesters is required to complete the MS degree without the research project option. Three to four semesters are typically required to complete the degree with a research project.

MS students are strongly recommended to take the following as prerequisites for the MS program: Mathematics through Differential Equations and Computing Skills. Additionally, MS students who choose to follow Contaminate Fate and Transport, Environmental Process Engineering and Water Resources Engineering concentrations are encouraged to take an introductory fluid mechanics course. Whether introductory fluid mechanics will count towards an MS student’s graduation credits is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Department. Each individual’s program of study is planned by the student in consultation with department faculty and must be approved by the faculty adviser.

Degree Course Requirements

This concentration provides a broad yet rigorous background for environmental professionals. Using the department’s areas of interest, study and research as guides and in consultation with their advisers, MS students can construct their own concentration that complements and expands their interests and professional goals. Additionally, MS students can choose to follow or pull from the MSE concentration tracks: Contaminant Fate & Transport, Environmental Management and Economics, Environmental Process Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering.

Four courses are recommended in environmental science, including the following:

Other recommended courses:

The final courses will be a project or electives in environmental science that are appropriate to the student’s goals and approved by a faculty adviser.