Master of Science in Environmental Science  

Course Requirements

Lincoln University Graduate Student Bulletin 2011 - 2013

Requirements for MS Degree, Thesis Option

Students pursuing the MS in Environmental Science with the thesis option must successfully complete at least 30 graduate credits (24 semester hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis research), not less than 21 of which must be earned at Lincoln University.  A master’s thesis shall be carried out under the supervision of a thesis committee. Students must present and defend their graduate research project.

 

The following minimum numbers of credits in the indicated areas are required to complete the thesis option:

  • 18 credits of Environmental Science courses,

  • 6 credits of courses related to the student's area of focus, and

  • 6 credits of ENV 599, Thesis research

 Requirements for MS Degree, Non-Thesis Option

Students seeking the MS in Environmental Science with the non-thesis option must complete at least 33 graduate credits of course work. They must complete a 3 extra credit hour non-thesis research or literature survey based work on Current Topics in Environmental Science plus take a comprehensive examination. A student wishing to pursue the non-thesis MS option must obtain approval of the Current Topics title from her/his advisor before the commencement of work. 

 

The following minimum numbers of credits in the indicated areas are required to complete the non-thesis MS:

  • 18 credits of Environmental Science courses,

  • 12 credits of courses related to the student's area of focus, and

  • 3 credits of ENV 595, Current Topics in Environmental Science

 

Core  Required Courses (10 Hours)

ENV 510       Environmental Chemistry, 3 credits

ENV 515       Environmental Monitoring and Remediation, 3 credits

ENV 590       Seminar in Environmental Science, 1 credit

MAT 405G     Applied Statistics, 3 credits

Electives -Graduate Environmental Science Courses (0-18 Hours)*

ENV 525       Applied Watershed Management, 3 credits

ENV 520       Instrumental Analysis, 3 credits

ENV 530       Limnology, 3 credits

ENV 535       Wetland Ecology and Management, 3 credits

ENV 540       Remote Sensing of the Environment, 3 credits

ENV 595       Current Topics in Environmental Science, 3 credits  

ENV 599       Thesis research

Graduate Support Courses (0-20 Hours)

 

BIO 501          Immunology    (3 credits)

BIO 523          Ecology (4 credits) 

CHM 501        Physical Chemistry I   (3 credits)

CHM 502        Physical Chemistry II (3 credits)

CHM 503L     Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)

CHM 504L     Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit)

CHM 505        Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)

GIS 516        Geographic Information Systems Applications (3 credits)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Online Graduate Courses (0-9 Hours)

AGRO 818    Agricultural Biochemistry                               (2 credits)

NRES 875       Water Quality Strategy                                   (3)

NRES 853       Hydrology                                                       (3)

NRES 819       Chemistry of Natural Waters                          (3)

AECN 857      Natural Resources and Environmental Law    (3)

AECN 865      Resource and Environmental Economics       (3)


* A minimum of 6-12 hours of electives must be in the area of Environmental Science.