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Environmental Science

DEGREE
Master of Science in Environmental Science

DESCRIPTION
The Wesley College M.S. Environmental Science program has been designed for individuals seeking a broad-based environmental science environmental science education at the graduate level that can be used either to further professional aspirations or provide a platform for further graduate work. Designed to be completed in approximately two years of continuous study, the curriculum accommodates the needs of the working professional by offering most courses during evening sessions and featuring an increasing number of online components.

The M.S. program emphasizes a systems-based and interdisciplinary studies approach to environmental problem solving. Coursework explores the complexity of real-world environmental challenges and their social, economic, political, as well as environmental consequences for our society’s sustainability and resilience. A student-developed and -executed project or thesis provides a capstone for program studies.

Wherever possible student projects are integrated with coursework in order to emphasize tangible links between environmental science and the communities in which we live. Past examples of projects include:

  • Hazards materials assessments using geographic information systems (GIS) techniques
  • Modeling pesticide and erosion dynamics
  • Impact of urban and agricultural land use on water quality
  • Evaluation of brownfields for redevelopment
  • Coastal erosion prediction

Research methods and techniques, environmental instrumentation, and computer applications form an integral part of the graduate program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
1. Submit a completed Wesley College Graduate Application Form.

2. Send official transcripts of all prior academic work to the Office of Graduate Studies.

3. Have an earned Baccalaureate degree in environmental science or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university.

4. Submit two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should address academic capabilities.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
1. The student must have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

2. Students enrolled in the M.S. program are required to complete 30 hours coursework receiving a B or better in each course.

3. Submit a 300-word personal statement discussing your desire to study at Wesley College and your plans for the graduate Environmental Science degree.

For further information please contact Kent Hurst, Graduate Program Director, at kent.hurst(at)wesley.edu.

Core Requirements
Meet the Faculty