Natural Sciences (MS) - Environmental Science Track (Non-Thesis Option)

Program of Study

Area 1 Program Core
ENGL 5149GGrant Writing3
Area 1 Total3
Area 2 Program Concentration
Select the following 3 courses unless taken for undergraduate credit:
ENVS 5207GExperimental Design and Statistical Analysis4
ENVS 5715GEarth and Space Sciences Seminar (taken twice for credit)2
ENVS 5235GGeographic Information and Global Positioning Systems4
Select two courses from Group A and two from Group B; at least one of these courses must include a lab (13-16 hours)13-16
Group A:
Global and Climate Change
Environmental Geology
Group B:
Culture and Environment
Stream Ecology
Topics in Conservation
Environmental Air Quality
Water Resources Management
Program Electives - Select 4-7 credits from any 5000+ graduate ATSC, BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, GEOL, GEOG with advisor approval (4-7 hours) 14-7
Area 2 Total30
Area 3 Program Requirements
ENVS 6698Internship3
ENVS 7001Certification Exam0
Area 3 Total3
Total Credit Hours36

May take Environmental Science Seminar for up to 2 additional credits beyond the 2 required semesters. May take Internship (ENVS 6698 Internship) for up to 3 additional credits beyond the 3 required.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Columbus State University Graduate School Admissions requirements, all interested applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission for all tracks in the Natural Sciences program.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, demonstrated excellent preparation in the Biological, Chemical, Environmental and/or Geological Sciences or permission of the program director.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam. The GRE must have been taken in the last five years.
  • A one page statement of experience and interests.
  • Two letters of reference. References should come from persons familiar with the applicant's academic or professional experience.

Additional Program Requirements

The maximum course load for a graduate student in a given semester is 12 semester hours. The maximum course load for a student holding a graduate assistantship is 10 semester hours.

Present a scientific seminar evaluating the accomplishments and results of their internship.

Comprehensive written exams covering learning objectives must be satisfactorily completed before graduation.