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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Environmental and Chemical Sciences, Environmental Science Concentration, MS

Total Hours Required for Degree:  31 (Thesis Option) or 37 (Non-thesis Option)


In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Environmental and Chemical Sciences program must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum score of 286 on the GRE (Verbal + Quantitative).
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in one of the sciences (or science education) and adequate preparation for a particular concentration as determined by the admissions committee and/or coordinator for the degree program.


Thesis Option

  • Advisor-Approved ENSC, NRCM, or WMGT Courses - 12 hours
  • Advisor-Approved AGRI, AGRO, ANSC, or CHEM Courses - 9 hours

Non-Thesis Option

  • Advisor-Approved ENSC, NRCM, or WMGT Courses - 15 hours
  • Advisor-Approved AGRI, AGRO, ANSC, or CHEM Courses - 12 hours
  • Electives (Any Discipline; 500/600 Level) - 6 hours


  • All courses applied toward the degree must be approved by the major professor and the coordinator of the program.
  • At least half the number of credits applied toward the degree, excluding thesis credit, mubt be in courses numbered above 600. Also, a candidate is required to satisfactorily pass a comprehensive written and/or oral examination.
  • Students who have background deficiencies may be required to take leveling courses that will not apply toward the Master of Science degree.

General Notes

  • At least one-half of the total number of credit hours required for a graduate degree, excluding credit for thesis, must be at the 600 level.
  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Graduate School Regulations  page.