Department of Biology and Earth Science
Environmental Studies Master of Art
This program is an interdisciplinary collaboration with departments throughout the University of Central Missouri. It designed for the student seeking advanced training in the broad interdisciplinary field of environmental studies. The program of study involves core courses and electives that are flexible and designed to accommodate students with various backgrounds and interests in the life, physical, and social sciences, who desire careers related to environmental science. The interdisciplinary training promotes analytical and communicative skills required to study the critical problems facing industries, municipalities, and state and federal agencies.
To be accepted into the program, a student must have:
- a minimum of 10 semester hours in science including ecology or environmental science and a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.50
- submitted to the department graduate coordinator the contact information for three references, a letter of intent, and documentation of a UCM faculty agreeing to serve as advisor
A student, with the guidance of a Graduate Advisory Committee comprised of three members, must develop an individual degree plan according to the student's areas of interest. All environmental studies graduate students must comply with “The Graduate Guide”. All students must pass an oral or written examination before completion of the program.
REQUIRED GRADUATE COURSES 11
Biol 4013 Experimental Design and Analysis OR a graduate level statistics course 3
Biol 5005 Graduate Seminar 2
Biol 5031 Biological Literature 2
Biol 5952 Graduate Research 4
APPROVED ELECTIVES IN AT LEAST 2 DISCIPLINES 21
(9 hours minimum must be in each of the two minimum disciplines)
(8 hours must be in 5000/6000 level graduate only courses)
Note: In addition to the Department degree requirements, the following University requirements must be satisfied: At least 50% of the semester hours on the approved program must have been in 5000/6000 level courses for graduate students only. A student is limited to a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit in thesis and graduate research combined on a Master’s degree program.
Any questions, please feel free to contact the Biology Department at 660-543-4933 or email Biology_Earth_Science@ucmo.edu.