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

Program of Study

Area 1 Program Core
ENGL 5149GGrant Writing3
Area 1 Total3
Area 2 Program Concentration
Select the following courses unless taken for undergraduate credit:
ENVS 5207GExperimental Design and Statistical Analysis4
ENVS 5715GEarth and Space Sciences Seminar1
Select one course from Group A and one from Group B; at least one of these courses must include a lab:7-8
ENVS 5235GGeographic Information and Global Positioning Systems4
Group A: Geosciences
Global and Climate Change
Environmental Geology
Group B: Natural/Cultural Resources
Culture and Environment
Stream Ecology
Topics in Conservation
Water Resources Management
Environmental Air Quality
Program Electives - Select 3-4 credits from any 5000+ graduate ATSC, BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, GEOL, GEOG with advisor approval 13-4
Area 2 Total21
Area 3 Program Requirements
ENVS 7000Thesis Defense0
ENVS 7001Certification Exam0
Select the following for a total of 12 credits:12
Research in Environmental Science
Area 3 Total12
Total Credit Hours36

May take Environmental Science Seminar for up to 2 additional credits beyond the 2 required semesters.

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.

Complete original, scientific research and write a comprehensive Master’s thesis based on this research.

Give an oral presentation of their Master’s thesis to a committee of approved reviewers in a forum open to the public.

Successfully defend their Master’s thesis during a comprehensive oral examination.