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Master of Science with Major in Environmental Science

This is an interdisciplinary program 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.

Download Environmental Science Application

Timeline to Graduation

The Master of Science in Environmental Science is a two-year graduate program. This timeline shows a typical course of study for a student who begins the program in the fall semester, with links to additional information. Current students can find detailed information and forms on the Environmental Science Blackboard site.

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 and minimum GRE scores of 151 Verbal and 148 Quantitative (or a cumulative score of 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE prior to Oct 2011).

Potential students must have a "sponsor" from within Florida Atlantic University, who will then act as the student’s advisor until a thesis topic has been chosen.

For sponsor selection suggestions, contact Program Coordinator Cynthia Berman or Dianne Owen at envirosci@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 consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following four categories:

Core Subject Areas and Electives: 22-28 credits from the core subject areas and electives, with at least one course from four different core subject areas.  
No more than 9 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree, and no more than 6 credits may be 4000-level courses. No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.
ES Thesis: 6-12 credits (EVS 6971).
ES Colloquium: 2 credits or more (EVS 6920, 1 credit, offered only in the fall semester)



Non-Thesis Option

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

Core Subject Areas: A minimum of 22 credits from the core subject areas, with at least one course from four different core subject areas

Electives and Directed Independent Study:No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree. Directed Independent Study: 3 credits (EVS 6905).

ES Colloquium: 2 credits or more (EVS 6920, 1 credit, offered only in the fall semester)








Restoration Certificate

The Environmental Science Program offers the Environmental Restoration Certificate for graduate students who wish to pursue an environmental restoration position upon graduation or for professionals looking to increase their knowledge base, advance professionally or change careers. Learn more >

Course Availability

Information about anticipated course schedules shown at this link is provided as a
planning tool for ES students. Course schedules are determined
by individual academic units and are subject to change.

Core Subject Areas:


CHS 6611  Chemistry For Environmental Scientists
GLY 5243   Environmental Geochemistry
GLY 6246   Advanced 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


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


PCB 6456 Experimental Design and Biometry

Conservation And Ecology

GEO 6318  Plants And People
GEO 5305 Biogeography  
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 6749C  Environmental Physiology      
GLY 5736C  Marine Geology
GLY 5934   Advanced Topics In Applied, Coastal And Hydrogeology
GLY 6707   Regolith Geology
GLY 6737   Coastal Environments
GLY 6838   Methods in Hydrogeology
GLY 5575C  Shore Erosion And Protection
GLY 6746   Global Environmental Change
GLY 5457   Environmental Geophysics 
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 6421  Environmental Planning And Society
URP 6425  Environmental Analysis In Planning
URP 6429  Environmental Policy And Programs
URP 4403  Sustainable Cities
URP 6840  Urban And Regional Theory
WST 6348  Women, Environment, Cofeminism, Environmental Justice
PHM 6035  Environmental Philosophy