MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOIL SCIENCES

Thesis Option

A minimum of 24 hours of graduate course work is required in the program of study, exclusive of 6 hours of 500 Thesis. The program of study is subject to the approval of the student’s advisory committee, and must meet the following requirements: 3 hours of ESS 503 (must be taken 3 times during the course of the program, the last of which must be in the student’s final semester before graduation); 12 hours from courses numbered above 503; 9 hours from courses within the major (excluding 500-level courses numbered 500, 502, and 503)(include those in environmental and soil sciences, and Environmental Engineering 535).

A student who has started a degree program under the thesis option is not eligible to transfer to the non-thesis option after the end of the first semester of graduate study or after receiving a graduate assistantship stipend for more than one semester.

Non-Thesis Option

A minimum of 33 hours of graduate course work is required. The program of study is subject to the approval of the student’s advisory committee and must meet the following requirements: 3 hours of ESS 503 (must be taken three times during the course of the program, the last of which must be in the student’s final semester before graduation); 3 hours of ESS 593; 19 hours of courses numbered above 503 (exclusive of ESS 593); and 12 hours of courses from within the major (include those in environmental and soil sciences, Environmental Engineering 535). In lieu of a thesis, students are required to by participating in a single research program for a period of 12 weeks (3 hours of ESS 593). The advisory committee approves the research problem. Satisfactory completion of this requirement requires a written, original research report that is acceptable to the student’s committee.