The Master of Science (MS) with a major in Environmental Science, Option I, is a 36-hour scholarly research degree that requires 30 hours of organized course work, special problems, and seminars at the 5000 and 6000 levels, plus a 6-hour scholarly thesis based upon original research.
The Master of Science (MS) with a major in Environmental Science, Option II, is an innovative non-thesis degree option designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM degrees prepare students for science and technology careers in business, government and nonprofit organizations. The Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree option requires 36 semester credit hours (SCH) of organized course work at the 5000 and 6000 levels, including a 3 to 6-hour internship. Candidates are required to complete a curriculum composed of core environmental science related courses and elective environmental science courses, and additional non-science professional development courses selected from business, public administration, communication, philosophy, economics and writing. The course of study is selected with the guidance of a graduate advisory committee. Satisfactory completion of a written comprehensive exit exam is required of all students.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a major in Environmental Science is a scholarly research program of 90 hours at the 5000 and 6000 levels beyond the bachelor's degree or 60 hours beyond the master's degree, including a 12-hour dissertation. The degree plan includes 41 to 45 semester hours of core requirements (depending on which optional core courses are selected) and 12 hours of dissertation. The remaining hours are selected from a list of electives, the number of hours depending on whether the student is in the 60-hour or 90-hour program.