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Environmental Science Masters

THE AIMS OF THE BYU environmental science program are to provide students with experiences that are spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building that lead to lifelong learning and service. Addressing environmental issues with sound scientific principles and reasonable solutions is at the core of our teaching and research. As LDS scientists and students we embrace the concepts that the earth and its resources are for the benefit and use of man and need to be carefully managed as part of our stewardship.

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Pursuit of the MS degree in Environmental Science provides students with research and education opportunities in environmental protection and remediation and in plant growth and physiology. Students will select graduate course work in soil science, biology, and environmentally related courses taught in departments across the campus. Those completing program requirements will be well prepared for employment in environmental science positions at the state and federal level, teaching at the junior college level, and continued graduate studies for the PhD. Their research and teaching interests include: environmental toxicology, pollination biology, improvement in teaching undergraduates in biology, plant growth under environmental stress, invasive species, plant physiology, urban landscape environments, bioremediation of contaminated soils and water, and both modern and ancient agricultural environments.

Graduation Requirements

  • 30 hours (24 coursework or seminar and 6 thesis hours, PWS 699R)
  • No more than 10 hours of senior, and transfer credit and no Independent Study (except prerequisites) can be applied toward the MS degree.
  • PWS 694 R (Seminar) 2 semesters
  • STAT 511
  • Biannual progress evaluations with Advisory Committee
  • Program of Study and selection of Advisory Committee, complete by the end of 1st semester
  • Prospectus and Oral Presentation to Committee, complete by the end of 2nd semester
  • Final oral defense of thesis
  • At least one manuscript from thesis prepared for publication
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