Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics

Master of Science in Environmental Science

The Master of Science in Environmental Science is designed along strong interdisciplinary lines to provide students with the training and basic knowledge to deal with a wide spectrum of environmental issues. However, emphasis is placed on water, both surface and groundwater, and natural resource management.

To gain admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Science program, students must meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and must hold an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences such as Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Hydrology, or other areas related to environmental science.

After gaining admission to the Graduate College, the student will be advised initially by the Director of the Master of Science Program in Environmental Science. Depending upon a student's background and area of interest, the director will assist the student in selecting courses to take. By being familiar with the anticipated rotation of courses, the director will assist the student in planning his/her graduate program. Again, depending upon a student's background and career goals, the director will assist the student in selecting a chairperson for the student's advisory committee. The committee chair should be chosen by the end of the first semester of graduate work and will assume advising duties for the remainder of the program. The student's advisory committee will consist of at least three members who are eligible for graduate faculty status at Tarleton State University and who are representative of the student's field of study and research. A co-chair may be selected from professionals from other recognized academic or research centers. If a co-chair is appointed from outside of Tarleton State University, the student's committee will consist of four members.

The graduate advisor will review the student's transcript and determine the nature and amount of leveling work. These requirements must be completed before a student is allowed to take more than twelve graduate semester credit hours toward the MS in Environmental Science.

Each student who applies for admission to the Environmental Science program must submit a statement of purpose that describes the following:

  1. The student's interest in the area of environmental science and long-term professional goals.
  2. An explanation of how the student's personal and research objectives correspond with those of the program.

A resume is not acceptable in lieu of this statement.

Special Requirements

Students pursuing the thesis option will be expected to prepare a thesis based on original research. A thesis proposal will be prepared for approval by the student's advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies prior to the initiation of research. The thesis proposal and the thesis will be in conformance with the guidelines and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis must demonstrate the capability of the student to perform original research and to present the results obtained from such research in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. Students pursuing the non-thesis option will take six hours of additional course work instead of the thesis as approved by their committee.

Master of Science in Environmental Science

Required Courses
ENVS 5329Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Science3
ENVS 5086Environmental Problems1
ENVS 5185Graduate Seminar1
Select one of the following:3
Research and Writing in Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grant Writing and Funding Aquisition
Professional Communication
Biological Scientific Writing
Select one of the following:3
Research Design and Analysis
Methods of Social Research
Research Methods for Agricultural and Natural Resource Scientists
Total Hours11
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Environmental Science - Thesis Option
Select one of the following3
Environmental Hydrology
Environmental Geology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental and Restoration Biology
Natural Resource Ecology
Take 12 credits of graduate electives as recommended by advisor12
Register for thesis hours in increments of 1, 2, or 3 hours per semester
ENVS 5088Thesis6
Total Hours21
Environmental Science - Non-thesis option
Select 3 credits of the following 3
Environmental Hydrology
Environmental Geology
Environmental and Restoration Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Take 21 credits of graduate electives as recommended by advisor21
ENVS 5086Environmental Problems1
Total Hours25
Environmental Social-Policy - Thesis option
Select 3 credits of the following3
Environmental Policy
Environmental Law
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Sociology
Water Policy
Select 12 credits of graduate electives as recommended by advisor12
Register for thesis hours in increments of 1, 2, or 3, hours per semester
ENVS 5088Thesis6
Total Hours21
Environmental Social - Policy - Non-thesis option
Select 3 credits of the following3
Environmental Policy
Environmental Law
International Environmental Issues
Problems in Sociology
Water Policy
Take 21 credits of graduate electives as recommended by advisor21
ENVS 5086Environmental Problems1
Total Hours25

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 5086. Chemical Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Independent research in the laboratory or in the library under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty. Up to 6 hours may be taken.

CHEM 5310. Environmental Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of the impact of chemistry on the environment to include topics on air, water, and soil pollution, with special emphasis on water. Beneficial chemical modification of the environment will be covered.

Environmental Science Courses

ENVS 5086. Environmental Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Independent research under the supervision of an instructor. A formal report will be submitted to the instructor. A student may not count more than 6 hours of Environmental Science problems toward a degree. Lab fee $10.

ENVS 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite: BIOL 5398 and consent of major professor.

ENVS 5185. Graduate Seminar. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

A graduate seminar with content varying according to the needs and experiences of students and the instructor of record. May be repeated for up to three hours credit as content varies.

ENVS 5300. The Regulatory Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of local, state, national, and international regulatory agencies to include their organization and authority. Case studies of environmental problems and legislated regulations are covered.

ENVS 5310. Environmental Geology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explores the physical controls geology imparts to the global ecosystem through systems analysis of geologic processes. Hydrologic processes, river system processes and restoration, energy resources, coastal systems, and karst systems are all potential topics explored. Credit for both ENVS 5310 and GEOL 5310 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: GEOL 1403 or consent of department head.

ENVS 5320. Issues in Water Resources. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide a broad introduction to the critical issues relating to the world's freshwater resources. Students will examine the occurrence, use, management, and conservation of water and water resources in the U.S. and the world. Students will develop an understanding of the history and current issues in water resources and the environmental problems and political response to these issues.

ENVS 5325. Environmental Hydrology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the processes that govern the earth's hydrologic cycle such as precipitation, evaporation and transpiration, runoff, infiltration and ground water and an exploration of anthropogenic effects on the hydrologic cycle. Topics include land-atmosphere interactions, movement of water in subsurface environments, contaminant transport in groundwater systems, streamflow generation, surface-water flow dynamics, urban runoff and flood control.

ENVS 5328. Environmental Literacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scientific, social, business, and educational aspects of environmental topics, to include biodiversity, water quality, point and nonpoint source pollution control, carcinogens in the environment, industrial and agricultural chemicals, ozone hole and CFCs, global warming, deforestation, natural resource conservation, waste management, sustainable development, ecosystems, air quality, and green consumerism.

ENVS 5329. Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Environmental and natural resource applications of Geographic Information Systems. Introduction to spatial analysis and 3-D analysis. The availability and uses of digital resources. Prerequisite: EASC 2320. Lab fee $15.

ENVS 5335. Watershed Modeling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The course will explore commonly used watershed models that can be used in linking sources of pollutants to receiving waterbodies. The course will explore large watershed, streamflow, water quality, urban watershed, and agricultural watershed models. Information will include model calibration and evaluation techniques.

ENVS 5340. Soil Bioremediation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

ENVS 5341. Environmental Site Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to Phase I and Phase II investigations, principles of siting and installation of monitoring wells, a review of sampling methods and sample design, and the use of water quality data to characterize subsurface contamination. Prerequisite Course(s): Hydrogeology or consent of Department Head.

ENVS 5380. Research and Writing in Agriculture and Environmental Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Preparation of writing samples, technical reviews, and/or professional manuscripts related to various topics in agriculture or environmental science. Prerequisite: Approved research methodology course. Cross-listed with AGRI 5380.

ENVS 5390. Topics in Environmental Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scientific aspects of varied environmental topics, which may include waste disposal, wetlands, air pollution, energy, bioremediation, or watershed analysis. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisites: 12 hours of science (including six hours of chemistry) or approval of department head.

Geology Courses

GEOL 5086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Independent research under the supervision of an instructor. A formal report will be submitted to the instructor. A student may not count more than 6 hours of problems toward a degree.

Dr. Carol Thompson
Department of Chemistry, Geosciences and Physics
Science Building, Room 117
Box T-0540
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9739
cthompson@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/environmentalscience/index.html