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Graduate Catalog 2014-15

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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Application Deadlines:
For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline. NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

The College of Arts and Sciences administers this interdisciplinary program leading to the Master of Science degree in environmental sciences. The mission of the Environmental Sciences Program is to cultivate students' perspectives of environmental issues and provide students with refined knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional, and global scale. The Program will increase the student's technical competence in addressing and analyzing these issues, their origins, ramifications, and resolutions. The Environmental Sciences Program at SIUE is designed to enhance and promote professional education and career opportunities in a wide area of interests. There are five areas of emphasis: 1) Environmental Biology; 2) Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology; 3) Environmental Education; 4) Environmental Policy and Public Administration; and 5) Environmental Technology and Assessment.

Faculty from several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences provide mentoring, direction, and instruction. Practicing professionals also lend their expertise to this program. A close relationship is maintained with industries and environmental agencies so that both students and faculty members can incorporate real-world issues in their studies and research. Each student is required to complete a research thesis or non-thesis paper. With advisement and agreement of the thesis committee, students may select their own research topic. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on their ongoing research projects. Faculty research interests span the entire discipline and can offer a wide variety of research opportunities. Because of career enhancements, students are encouraged to select the thesis option.

There are excellent research and teaching opportunities for students and faculty on the SIUE campus. Thesis research has been successfully completed in the following areas: air quality, bioremediation and other innovative remediation technologies, carcinogenic effects of ionizing radiation, constructed wetlands to reduce non-point source pollution, ecotoxicological studies, energy, erosion reduction, feedlot runoff, fermentation, insecticide toxicity, metal accumulation in fish, modeling climatic effects on trees and ecosystems, mutagenicity, occupation health, pesticide fate and transport, photovoltaics, population dynamics, radon in the home, regulation, teaching, underground storage tanks, use of sewage sludge, waste incineration, watersheds, water quality, wildlife productivity, and many others.

The program offers challenging environmental research opportunities, which may be related to the campus, home, municipality, business and industry, state or federal government, consulting firms, and various advocacy groups. The program has access to a variety of instrumentation, such as an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, an Inductively-Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer, computer access to Geographical Information Systems, several Gas and Liquid Chromatographs, a Mass Spectrometer, a variety of sampling equipment (automated water samplers, low and high volume air samplers (including PM10), several soil and sediment coring devices and a LI-COR 6400 photosynthesis system). In addition, the program has several field sites for long-term environmental monitoring studies, including recently developed experimental filter strips and restored Oak Savannah Prairie. Students completing this graduate program in Environmental Sciences have career opportunities with governmental agencies, private industries, consulting firms, and educational institutions. Areas of responsibility may include environmental field or laboratory research and analyses, environmental policy and law, environmental remediation, solid and hazardous waste management, groundwater pollution, water management, air quality management, environmental and ecological assessments, resource depletion, and environmental engineering. For up to date information on the Environmental Sciences Program, consult the program's web site at www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/environment.

ADMISSION

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, admission to this program requires a positive recommendation from the Environmental Sciences Admissions Committee. The program requires all prospective students to submit a letter stating their academic and professional goals. The GRE is required for those students whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 (4.0 scale). Additionally, for those students whose GPA is below 2.75 (4.0 scale), two letters of recommendation are required. Applicants with less than a 2.5 grade point average will ordinarily not be admitted. Students entering any of the areas of emphasis must have a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate academic major. Computer literacy is strongly encouraged.

Competitive graduate assistantships through the Environmental Sciences Program and Competitive Graduate Awards through the Graduate School are available. The Office of Student Financial Aid administers most of the University's financial aid programs.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences requires a minimum of 33 hours of graduate work for those students electing to complete a thesis and 38 hours of graduate work for those students electing to complete a non-thesis paper.

Emphasis Options:

1) Environmental Biology

Required core courses (8-9 hours): ENSC 505, 506, 510, and a 3- or 4- hour 400-or 500-level statistics course.

Thesis (1-6 hours): ENSC 599 or Final Research Paper (1-3 hours): ENSC 597.

Required emphasis courses (9 hours): ENSC 540, 550, and either ENSC 528/528L or 520.

Electives: 9 hours minimum.

2) Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Required core courses (8-9 hours): ENSC 505, 506, 510, and a 3- or 4- hour 400-or 500-level statistics course.

Thesis (1-6 hours): ENSC 599 or Final Research Paper (1-3 hours): ENSC 597.

Required emphasis courses (9 hours): ENSC 531, 540, and either ENSC 528/528L or 520.

Electives: 9 hours minimum.

3) Environmental Education

Required core courses (8-9 hours): ENSC 505, 506, 510, and a 3- or 4- hour 400-or 500-level statistics course.

Thesis (1-6 hours): ENSC 599 or Final Research Paper (1-3 hours): ENSC 597.

Required emphasis courses (9 hours): ENSC 550, 520, and either ENSC 580 or 540.

Electives: 9 hours minimum.

4) Environmental Policy and Public Administration

Required core courses (8-9 hours): ENSC 505, 506, 510, and a 3- or 4- hour 400-or 500-level statistics course.

Thesis (1-6 hours): ENSC 599 or Final Research Paper (1-3 hours): ENSC 597.

Required emphasis courses (9 hours): ENSC 511, 512, and 550.

Electives: 9 hours minimum.

5) Environmental Technology and Assessment.

Required core courses (8-9 hours): ENSC 505, 506, 510, and a 3- or 4- hour 400-or 500-level statistics course.

Thesis (1-6 hours): ENSC 599 or Final Research Paper (1-3 hours): ENSC 597.

Required emphasis courses (9 hours): ENSC 550, 573, and either ENSC 528/528L or 520.

Electives: 9 hours minimum.

Within the first semester of study, the student must select a graduate faculty member as thesis (or non-thesis) chairperson for graduate degree committee. The chairperson will advise the student on course work and research. Within the first year of study, the graduate degree committee must be complete, consisting of the chairperson and two or more additional graduate faculty members. The graduate degree committee should consist of faculty with expertise or interests that are appropriate to the student's academic background, goals, and career interests. The graduate degree committee and the student will develop a research project outline and will determine before the work begins whether the project is to result in a thesis or a non-thesis paper. The research project is then approved for initiation and supervised by the committee chairperson.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Following the completion of the program of study, including the thesis or non-thesis paper, the student will present the thesis or non-thesis paper, open to the public, to the graduate committee for critique and must pass a final oral examination administered by the graduate committee.

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