Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements (30 units)

The M.S. in Environmental Science requires completion of 30 units, at least 21 of which must be at the graduate level, 500 or above. Students are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (grade of B) or better in all courses to satisfy the requirements for the degree. Students may substitute equivalent courses as foundation courses upon approval from the Program Director.

 Thesis Track Requirements

A.     Required Courses (24 units)

ANT 555 People, Culture, and Environment (3 units)

BIO 502 Biostatistics or PSY 530 Advanced Analysis of Variance and Multivariate Techniques (3 units)

BIO 510 The Urban Environment (3 units)

GEO 433 Environmental Analysis and Planning (3 units)

ENV 590 Graduate Seminar in Environmental Science (must be taken twice) (3 units [1-2 units each])

ENV 596 Internship in Environmental Science (3 units)

ENV 598 Directed Research (3 units)

ENV 599 Thesis (3 units)

B.      Electives (6 units).

In consultation with program coordinator, each student will select 2 elective courses from the following list. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the Program Coordinator.

BIO 416 Landscape Ecology

CHE 474 Geochemistry

EAR 410 Environmental Geology

EAR 460 Global Change

EAR 476 Groundwater

GEO 405 Advanced Cartography

GEO 408 Remote Sensing and Image Processing

GEO 412 Rivers and Streams

GEO 415 Geographic Information Systems

GEO 416 Earth’s Climates

GEO 420 Natural Resources

SOC 408 Survey Research

C.     Thesis.

A written thesis based on an original research. Note: Students must submit a written thesis, based on an original research project in environmental science, and an oral defense of the thesis 

are required for completion of the degree. Students are required to follow the Thesis/Project Submission requirements provided by graduate studies.

Internship Track Requirements

A.   Required Courses (24 units)

BIO 510. Urban Environmental Science (3)

BIO 502. Biostatistics (3) or

PSY 530. Advanced Analysis of Variance and Multivariate Techniques (3)

ANT 555. People, Culture, and the Environment (3)

GEO 433. Environmental Analysis and Planning (3)

ENV 590. Graduate Seminar in Environmental Science (must be taken at least twice; 1-2 units each)

ENV 596. Internship in Environmental Science- repeat three times (9) or twice (6) and 

ENV 598. Directed Research (3)

B.   Electives (6 units):

In consultation with program coordinator, each student will select 2 elective courses from the following list. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the Program Coordinator.

BIO 416 Landscape Ecology
CHE 474 Geochemistry
EAR 410 Environmental Geology
EAR 460 Global Change
EAR 476 Groundwater
GEO 405 Advanced Cartography
GEO 408 Remote Sensing and Image Processing
GEO 412 Rivers and Streams
GEO 415 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 416 Earth’s Climates
GEO 420 Natural Resources
SOC 408 Survey Research

 C. Culminating Report and Portfolio

A culminating report and portfolio describing internship results are required for completion of the degree.