Natural Sciences (MS) - Environmental Science Track (Thesis Option)
Master of Natural Science - Environmental Science track offers a unique master’s degree that is a comprehensive and broadly-based course of study. We offer state of the art science courses in toxicology, ecology, anthropology, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, paleontology, geomorphology, hydrology, and geography. Because many aspects of our environmental problems are inherently societal issues, we also have courses in Environmental Law and Regulation; Culture and the Environmental; Human Ecology; Land-Use and Waste Management; and Water Resources Management. With such a diversity of course offerings and flexible curriculum, each student can design a unique program suited to his or her individual goals.
Graduates are well prepared for careers as government or private sector scientists or policy makers. Many students are gainfully employed as environmental consultants. A select group of graduates has continued to pursue higher level education in Doctoral programs at some of the United States' premier Universities.
Program of Study
|Area 1 Program Core|
|ENGL 5149G||Grant Writing||3|
|Area 1 Total||3|
|Area 2 Program Concentration|
|Select the following courses unless taken for undergraduate credit:|
|ENVS 5207G||Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis||4|
|ENVS 5715G||Environmental Science Seminar||1|
|ENVS 6235||Geographic Information and Global Positioning Systems||4|
|Select one course from Group A and one from Group B; at least one of these courses must include a lab:||7-8|
Group A: Geosciences
|Climate and Global Change|
Group B: Natural/Cultural Resources
|Culture and Environment|
|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 1||3-4|
|Area 2 Total||21|
|Area 3 Program Requirements|
|ENVS 7000||Thesis Defense||0|
|ENVS 7001||Certification Exam||0|
|Select the following for a total of 12 credits:||12|
|Research in Environmental Science|
|Area 3 Total||12|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
May take Environmental Science Seminar for up to 2 additional credits beyond the 2 required semesters.
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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles, theories, and methods with in the core discipline of the Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, environmental science, and geosciences.
- Employ critical and analytical thinking in application of the scientific method, including formulating and testing hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing data, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions.
- Report orally and in writing research results and conclusions according to accepted standards of the chosen area of core study.