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Master's in Environmental Resource Science

The Master of Science degree program in Environmental Resource Science will prepare you to become a highly-trained environmental scientist ready to address the challenges related to the most critical of the world’s environmental resources: water and soil. Through an innovative interdisciplinary approach, students learn about the interactions among water, soil, and human activities within a biophysical system. We incorporate core courses in Environmental Science and Geology and supplement them with elective courses in biology, civil engineering, and chemistry.

Some of our current research areas include:

  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Lake sediment records
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Climate reconstruction
  • Hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Water resources
  • Soil resources
  • Wetland and coastal systems
  • Environmental geohazards

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The Master's in Environmental Resource Science program requires a minimum of 35 credit hours, with thesis and non-thesis tracks available. Students who elect the non-thesis track must complete either a capstone project or an internship. We have internship agreements with many local companies and organizations, giving you the opportunity to gain quality hands-on experience.

Coursework Requirements

The Master's in Environmental Resource Science program specifically focuses on the principles and practices of investigating, characterizing, and managing water and soil resources.

Courses are organized into the categories of water resources, soil resources, environmental methods (applied to water and soil resources), and biophysical relationships. However, our interdisciplinary curriculum is highly flexible, allowing you to tailor your coursework to fit your own interests and ambitions.

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Career Opportunities

The Environmental Science sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation and, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected to grow by 11% from 2014 to 2024. Some of the key growth areas include the areas of soil conservation, water quality control, environmental consulting and management, urban planning, and restoration.

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Dr. Durga Poudel
Environmental Resource Science - Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 337-482-6163
Hamilton Hall, 308