Master of Science with Major in Environmental Science

This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with specialized training in Environmental Science. All the departments in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters participate in the program, as do several other colleges at Florida Atlantic University.

Students are required to take most of the coursework spread across the six core subject areas listed below. The exact courses taken are to be determined by students and their advisory committees. The application deadlines are March 15 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission will be based upon academic record (B or better average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credits or established graduate level proficiency), two letters of recommendation, and minimum GRE scores of 151 Verbal and 151 Quantitative. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted. 

Potential students (both non-thesis and thesis) must have a faculty "sponsor" from within Florida Atlantic University, who will then act as the student’s advisor for thesis students until a thesis topic has been chosen.

For sponsor selection suggestions, contact Program Assistant Cynthia Berman at envirosci@fau.edu, Program Coordinator Dianne Owen at dowen@fau.edu, or go to the departmental web pages to examine the fields and interests of individual faculty. When you find a faculty member in your field of interest, contact them directly. 

Thesis Option

A student curriculum currently consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following four categories: 

Core Subject Areas: 22-28 credits from the core subject areas, with at least one course from four different core subject areas.
Electives: No more than 6 credits of electives can be taken outside of the ES Core Subject Areas. Total credits in the core subject areas plus electives should not exceed 28 credits. No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study (EVS 6905) may be counted toward this degree. Courses at the 4000 level will not be counted toward the degree.
ES Thesis: 6-12 credits (EVS 6971). Total thesis credits plus electives should not exceed 12 credits.
ES Colloquium: 2 credits or more (EVS 6920, 1 credit). No more than 4 credits of EVS 6920 may be counted toward this degree. 

Degree requirements may change. Students should always consult the official university catalog to determine which requirements apply to them. 

Non-Thesis Option

A student curriculum currently consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following four categories:

Core Subject Areas: 25-31 credits from the core subject areas, with at least one course from four different core subject areas.
Electives: No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core subject areas will be counted toward the degree. Total credits in the core subject areas plus electives should not exceed 31 credits. Courses at the 4000 level will not be counted toward the degree.
Directed Independent Study (DIS): 3 credits of DIS (EVS 6905) are required for this degree. No more than 6 credits of DIS may be counted toward this degree.
ES Colloquium: 2 credits or more (EVS 6920, 1 credit). Students must take 1 credit during their first semester in the program.

Degree requirements may change. Students should always consult the official university catalog to determine which requirements apply to them. 

Course Availability

Information about course availability can be found here and is provided only as a planning tool for ES students. Course schedules are determined by individual academic units and are subject to change.

 

Core Subject Areas:

Chemistry

CHS 6611 Chemistry For Environmental Scientists
GLY 5243 Environmental Geochemistry

Geographic Information Science

URP 6270 Introduction to GIS in Planning
GIS 5051C Principles of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5100C Applications In Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5103C Programming In Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5038C Remote Sensing Of The Environment
GIS 5033C Digital Image Analysis
GIS 6039 Advanced Remote Sensing
GIS 6127 Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
GIS 6120 Topics in Geoinformation Science

Modeling

GLY 6836 Modeling Groundwater Movement
EVR 6070 Ecological Modeling
PCB 6406 Ecological Theory

Statistics

PCB 6456 Experimental Design and Biometry

Conservation And Ecology

GEO 5305 Biogeography
GEO 6317 Plants and People 
EVR 6334 Environmental Restoration
BSC 6365 Symbiosis
BSC 6846 Scientific Communication
BOT 5155 Flora of South Florida 
BOT 5155L Flora of South Florida Lab 
BOT 6606 Coastal Plant Ecology 
BOT 6606L Coastal Plant Ecology Lab
PCB 6045 Conservation Biology
PCB 6046 Advanced Ecology 
PCB 6317 Marine Ecology 
PCB 6317L Marine Ecology Lab and Field Studies
PCB 6307 Freshwater Ecology 
PCB 6307L Freshwater Ecology Lab 
PCB 6365 Symbiosis 
PCB 6749C Environmental Physiology 
GLY 5575C Shore Erosion And Protection
GLY 5736C Marine Geology
GLY 5934 Advanced Topics In Applied, Coastal And Hydrogeology
GLY 6457 Environmental Geophysics 
GLY 6707 Regolith Geology
GLY 6737 Coastal Environments
GLY 6746 Global Environmental Change
GLY 6838 Methods in Hydrogeology
OCB 6810 Natural History of the Indian River Lagoon 
OCE 6019 Marine Global Change 
ZOO 6459 Seminar In Ichthyology 
ZOO 6256 Marine Invertebrate Zoology
ZOO 6256L Marine Invertebrate Zoology Lab 
ZOO 6456 Natural History of Fishes 
ZOO 6456L Natural History of Fishes Lab 
ZOO 6544C Seminar In Avian Ecology

Policy And Planning

GEA 6277 Human-Environmental Interactions
GEO 6337 Culture, Conservation And Land Use
GEO 5435C Geographic Analysis Of Population
GLY 6888 Coastal Hazards
URP 6711 Introduction to Transportation Planning
URP 6425 Environmental Analysis In Planning
URP 6429 Environmental Policy And Programs
URP 6406 Sustainable Cities
URP 6840 Urban And Regional Theory
WST 6348 Women, Environment, Cofeminism, Environmental Justice
PHM 6035 Environmental Philosophy