Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Program Description

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Degrees Available at SIUE

• Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences at SIUE

The mission of the environmental sciences program is to cultivate students’ perspectives of environmental issues and provide students with refined knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional and global scale. The program will increase the student’s technical competence in addressing and analyzing these issues, their origins, ramifications and resolutions. The environmental sciences program at SIUE is designed to enhance and promote professional education and career opportunities in a wide area of interests. There are five areas of emphasis: 1) environmental biology; 2) environmental chemistry and toxicology; 3) environmental education; 4) environmental policy and public administration; and 5) environmental technology and assessment.

Faculty from several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences provide mentoring, direction and instruction. Practicing professionals also lend their expertise to this program. A close relationship is maintained with industries and environmental agencies so that both students and faculty members can incorporate real-world issues in their studies and research.

The program offers challenging environmental research opportunities, which may be related to the campus, home, municipality, business and industry, state or federal government, consulting firms, and various advocacy groups. The program has access to a variety of instrumentation, such as an atomic absorption spectrometer, an Inductively-Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer, computer access to Geographical information systems, several gas and liquid chromatographs, a mass spectrometer, nanoparticle analyzer, carbon-nitrogensulfur analyzer, a variety of sampling equipment (automated water samplers, low and high volume air samplers, several soil and sediment coring devices) and a LI-COR 6400 photosynthesis system. In addition, the program has several field sites for long-term environmental monitoring studies, including recently developed experimental filter strips and restored Oak Savannah Prairie.

Career Outlook

Students completing the graduate program in environmental sciences have career opportunities with governmental agencies, private industries, consulting firms and educational institutions. Areas of responsibility may include environmental field or laboratory research and analysis, environmental policy and law, environmental remediation, solid and hazardous waste management, groundwater pollution control, water management, air quality management, environmental and ecological risk assessments, and restoration environmental engineering and restoration.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, admission to this program requires a positive recommendation from the Environmental Sciences Admissions Committee. The program requires all prospective students to submit a letter stating their academic and professional goals. The GRE is required for those students whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 (4.0 scale). Additionally, for those students whose GPA is below 2.75 (4.0 scale), two letters of recommendation are required. Applicants with less than a 2.5 grade point average will ordinarily not be admitted. Students entering any of the areas of emphasis must have a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate academic major. Computer literacy is strongly encouraged.

Competitive graduate assistantships through the Environmental Sciences Program and Competitive Graduate Awards through the Graduate School are available.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
Full time
9,024 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA Edwardsville, Illinois
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Price 9,024 USD
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