Program Description

The environmental science program gives the student the broad multi-disciplinary subject matter and analytical tools necessary to be successful in such professions as consulting, industrial environmental management and environmental protection. Students from diverse science backgrounds apply their knowledge and skills to environmental problems, such as air pollution and control; water pollution and treatment; groundwater protection, contamination and remediation; solid and hazardous waste management.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 36 graduate credit hours at the graduate level, including at least 24 credit hours at Marshall University. The degree consists of 12 credit hours of core courses; 12 credit hours of required courses; and 12 credit hours of electives.

Core Courses

  • EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs)
  • TE 698 – Comprehensive Project Formulation – after completion of 18 hours (3 hrs)
  • TE 699 – Comprehensive Project – after completion of 27 hours (3 hrs)

Additional Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • ENVE 615 – Environmental Chemistry (Or ES 646 or SFT 651) (3 hrs)
  • ES 614 – Risk Assessment (3 hrs)
  • ES 660 – Environmental Law (or ES 662 or ES 655) (3 hrs)
  • ES 620 – Environmental Management Systems (3 hrs)

Electives

On completion of the MS Environmental Science degree program the student should have the requisite scope of knowledge and competency in specific environmental subject matter. Students are required to take 12 credit hours of elective courses and use them to satisfy proficiency courses:

  • TWO Environmental Science program electives
  • ONE division elective (an approved course in the division)
  • ONE CITE elective (an approved course in CITE)

The required and elective courses should be outlined in the Plan of Study. The Plan of Study should be developed in cooperation with and signed by the student’s advisor and should be completed prior to registration for the 12th credit hour.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses:

  • SFT 599 – Occupational Safety Program Management (3 hrs)
  • SFT 610 – Philosophical and Psychological Concepts of Safety (3 hrs)
  • SFT 630 – Current Literature and Research in Occupational Safety and Health (3 hrs)

Graduate Minor in Environmental Science

The Graduate Minor in Environmental Science can be completed through 9 hours of coursework:

  • ES 614 – Risk Assessment (or ES 610 Environmental Sampling Practice or ES 630 Site Assessment) (3 hrs)
  • ENVE 615 – Environmental Chemistry (or ES 646 Dynamics of Ecosystems or ES 654 Environmental Microbiology) (3 hrs)
  • ES 660 – Environmental Law (or ES 662 Environmental Policy or ES 655 Environmental Ethics) (3 hrs)