Environmental Science Program Details and Information  


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.
  • NOTE: M.S. in Environmental Science program no longer requires the GRE for admissions.
  • 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.

In addition to meeting the above-mentioned admission requirements, international students desiring to pursue the Master of Science degree in biology or environmental science must submit one of the following minimum test scores (for all requirements see the International Students - Applicants webpage:

  • TOEFL - score of 233 (computer based); 90-91 (iBT); or 575-477 (paper based)
  • IELTS - score of 6.5 overall
  • PTE - score of 62


Major in Environmental Sciences (Major Code: 5105)

Study Area Options

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


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 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

Happy State Bank Academic & Research Building, Suite 262
WTAMU Box 60872, Canyon, TX  79016