West Texas A&M University

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Environmental Sciences Graduate Program

Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

Admission Requirements

In addition to University requirements for admission, the applicant must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in biology, in environmental science or in a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Submit a satisfactory score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Complete all requirements for admissions to the Graduate School before the end of the first semester of graduate course work. (See Admission to Graduate School)
  • Have an overall grade point average of a minimum of 2.6 or a minimum 2.85 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

Admission may be granted for students with less than the minimum grade point average or test scores following a conditional period of 12-15 hours of enrollment in graduate work with no grade below a “B”. Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than biology or environmental science may be required to complete specific leveling courses.

International students desiring to pursue the master of science degree in biology or environmental science must score a minimum of 575 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam as well as meet above-mentioned admission requirements.

Major in Environmental Sciences (Major Code: 5105)

Study Area Options

Areas of Specialization: agriculture, biology, chemistry, geology and engineering technology.

Requirements

Student must complete 36 credit hours of required and elective specialization courses.

Master of Science Degree Core Requirements (20 hours)

ENVR 6303 Research Methods in Environmental Science (Statistics)
ENVR 6305 GIS
ENVR 6509 Human Ecology
ENVR 6111 Seminar I
ENVR 6111 Seminar II
ENVR 6111 Seminar III
ENVR 6320 Environmental Regulations
ENVR 6350 Applied Hydrogeology

Additional Requirements for Thesis (6 hours)

ENVR 6301 Thesis I
ENVR 6302 Thesis II

Additional Requirements for Non-Thesis (6 hours)

ENVR 6395 Research Problems in Environmental Science
ENVR 6098 Graduate Internship in Environmental Science

Electives Courses in Specialization Area (10 hours)

e.g. ENVR 6092 Special Topics
e.g. ENVR 6304 Ecological Risk Assessment
e.g. ENVR 5306 Hazardous Waste Site Assessment
e.g. ENVR 5307 Environmental Project Management
e.g. ET 6350 Renewable Energy Systems

For more information, please contact Dr. Naruki Hiranuma at nhiranuma@wtamu.edu.