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A Master of Science Environmental Science degree is focused on your interest in the natural sciences, mathematics, law, economics and health. You get to tailor the degree with a variety of interdisciplinary courses to choose from, plus the option of taking a thesis, non-thesis or research option.

What to Expect

Our program provides the critical analysis skills necessary for applying current scientific, technical and regulatory rules and policies to the environmental challenges faced by public agencies and private industry in a global community and marketplace.

  • Apply the scientific method through research.
  • Master scientific writing skills.
  • Develop presentation skills.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 97%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Biology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $92k

    Biological Scientist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a biological scientist is $91,550.

  • $101k

    Biology Professor

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a biological science teacher, postsecondary is $101,320.

  • $67k

    High School Biology Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a secondary school teacher is $67,240.

What You'll Study

Environmental Science Electives (12 hours):

  • EV500-699 (3)
  • EV500-699 (3)
  • EV500-699 (3)
  • EV500-699 (3)

Electives (14 hours):

  • Course 1
  • Course 2
  • Course 3
  • Course 4
  • Course 5
  • Course 6
  • Course 7

Choose One of the Following Areas:

  • EV697-EV699 Thesis (6)
  • GR699 Master’s Oral Examination (0)
  • EV681-EV683 Environmental Science Internship (6)
  • GR698 Master’s Final Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • EV691-EV693 Environmental Science Research (6)
  • GR698 Master’s Final Comprehensive Examination (0)

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • 20 credit hours in science with a 3.0 GPA
  • Letter of intent addressing preparation for graduate study, ability to succeed at the graduate level and professional goals and objectives. The letter should address what the applicant expects to achieve through graduate level study. The letter of intent should be typed and a maximum of 750 words in length.
  • Two letters of recommendation

Scores for the general portion of the Graduate Record Exam (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) are required for probationary admission consideration.

Letters should be addressed to the Director of Admissions. All documents must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

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Graduate Assistantships

The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

This program is housed within the College of STEM. The College prepares students to find creative solutions to problems. Curiosity and analysis merge, creating students ready to figure things out and then use that knowledge to make things better.

Graduate Coordinators

Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college that houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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