Department of Earth & Space Sciences

Department of Earth & Space Sciences

Environmental Sciences M. S. Degree

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Environmental Science has emerged as one of the fastest growing career fields and its importance becomes ever more apparent with the rapid environmental changes occurring world-wide in the Twenty First Century. It is an interdisciplinary science that relies on knowledge and techniques synthesized from the disciplines of Geology, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics. Environmental scientists seek to solve complex human caused environmental problems associated with air and water pollution, natural habitat loss and degradation, and global change and as such their research has the potential to influence the future sustainability of our planet. As these issues grow in importance, the demand for these inter-disciplinary scientists, trained to understand and solve complex environmental problems and their consequences, will only continue to grow. The Environmental Science program at Columbus State University is structured to train scientists to address the existing challenges and those yet realized in the future. Columbus State University's Environmental Sciences graduate program is the only one in Georgia that offers this breadth of background. The program is designed to educate a new generation of interdisciplinary Environmental Scientists who will have the knowledge and experiences need to solve the increasingly complex and multi-faceted environmental issues.

Program Offerings

Environmental Science program offers a unique masters degree that is a comprehensive and broadly-based course of study. We offer state of the art science courses in toxicology, ecology, anthropology, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, paleontology, geomorphology, hydrology, and geography. Because many aspects of our environmental problems are inherently societal issues, we also have courses in Environmental Law and Regulation; Culture and the Environmental; Human Ecology; Land-Use and Waste Management; and Water Resources Management. With such a diversity of course offerings and flexible curriculum, each student can design a unique program suited to his or her individual goals. It is a rigorous, two year program with evening and weekend classes. It now offers a non-thesis track degree option designed for non-research oriented science professionals who are interested in advancing their career potential.

Our faculty members are actively involved in Environmental research and our graduate students work closely with the faculty to develop their own research programs. Many of our graduates continue to pursue their careers in Doctoral programs at some of the United States' premier universities.

Environmental Science M.S. Program Requirements

For more information, please see the Environmental Sciences webpage