Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Environmental Science


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Land and Water Resources Track

 

The Land and Water Resources Track prepares students for careers in Environmental Science that focus on ecosystem assessment and managment, such as monitoring or improving water quality, ecosystem restoration, wetland mitigation, remediation of disturbed or contaminated lands, air quality monitoring, applications of remote sensing and GIS for environmental assessment, and invasive species assessment. SFA is the lead institution on this track of the program.

Occupational and Environmental Health Track

The Occupational and Environmental Health Track is focused on human health and the environment. Graduates of this track understand how human health is affected by various environmental contaminates, such as mercury, lead, asbestos, and mold exposures. The Occupational and Environmental Health Track is especially well suited to individuals with a background in the health sciences, such as nurses or physicians, and leads to careers in industrial hygiene, public health, and occupational and environmental health. The UTHCT is the lead institution on this track of the program.

The Master of Science degree program in Environmental Science is a collaborative effort of Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler (UTHCT). This is an interdisciplinary program involving the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, and the Department of General Business at SFA, and the Division of Biomedical Research at UTHCT. All of these entities bring considerable research and teaching resources to the program.

The result is a program with both the breadth and depth needed to address the complex issues in the field of Environmental Science. Graduates of the program are prepared for employment in industry, environmental consulting, the health care fields, government regulatory agencies, and educational/research institutions. Graduates are also well prepared for further graduate education in Environmental Science or related fields.

The M.S program in Environmental Science has two specialization tracks of study. The Land and Water Resources Track prepares students for careers in Environmental Science that focus on ecosystem assessment and management, such as monitoring or improving water quality, ecosystem restoration, wetland mitigation, remediation of disturbed or contaminated lands, air quality monitoring, applications of remote sensing and GIS for environmental assessment, and invasive species assessment. SFA is the lead institution on this track of the program.

The Occupational and Environmental Health Track is focused on human health and the environment. Graduates of this track understand how human health is affected by various environmental contaminates, such as mercury, lead, asbestos, and mold exposures. The Occupational and Environmental Health Track is especially well suited to individuals with a background in the health sciences, such as nurses or physicians, and leads to careers in industrial hygiene, public health, and occupational and environmental health. The UTHCT is the lead institution on this track of the program.

The Environmental Science M.S. degree curriculum and specialization tracks can be viewed and downloaded from the following link.  

Curriculum_for_Master_of_Science_in_Env.pdf  

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Students entering the M.S. program in Environmental Science must have completed a bachelors degree, preferably in a related discipline, with at least eight semester hours of chemistry and six semester hours of biology, and college algebra or higher level mathematics. GRE scores are also considered in the admission process. Students missing some of the background coursework may be admitted on a provisional basis until deficiencies are corrected.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified students at both SFA and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. If you would like additional information about our program, contact the Division Directors.

The SFA Graduate School web page provides access to information about how to apply to the graduate program and how to apply for an assistantship. The application for admission should be sent to the SFA Graduate School. The application for Graduate Assistantship should be sent directly to the Division of Environmental Science.

If you would like more information concerning our Environmental Science program, please fill out the Student Information Request form. Additional information about admission and financial aid procedures can be reached through the SFA links below.