Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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.

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.


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

Master of Science Degree Core Requirements (20 hours)

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

Additional Requirements for Thesis (6 hours)

ENVR 6301Thesis I
ENVR 6302Thesis II

Additional Requirements for Non-Thesis (6 hours)

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

Electives Courses in Specialization Area (10 hours)

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

For more information, please contact Dr. Naruki Hiranuma at