2020-21 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Science, MS


The Master of Science in Environmental Science requires at least 30 semester hours with a thesis. These semester hours are made up as follows:

Required Courses:

ENSC 60203Environmental Issues



ENSC 50703Environmental Compliance


EDHE/EDLE 60013Leadership: Theory and Practice - cross-listed in Higher Ed & Ed Leadership

ENSC 50693Natural Resources Compliance



BIOL 60001Scientific Presentation


EDHE/EDGU 60403Theories of Student Development - cross-listed in Higher Education and Counseling

ENSC 60001Environmental Presentations



ENSC 60011Literacy of Science Review


ENSC 60021Oral Examination


ENSC 70980Thesis


ENSC 70990Thesis


Electives Approved Electives


BIOL 60001 if major advisor is BIOL

ENSC 60001 if major advisor is ENSC or GEOL

Thesis (6 semester hours)

Students, in consultation with a faculty member, should select an appropriate research topic normally at the end of their first year of graduate work. At this time, students present and defend a thesis proposal to the faculty, where they show a grasp of the literature and have a well-defined rationale and set of objectives, a planned methodology, and an appropriate budget. If approved, students proceed with their research until submission of the thesis as per TCU guidelines. Each student will defend his/her thesis in an oral examination.

Electives (15 semester hours)

The electives are selected in consultation with the student's major professor and the director of the program. At least 12 hours of electives must be ENSC, BIOL or GEOL courses. Students may count up to 6 hours of Applied Projects (ENSC 50003) toward their electives, though further Applied Projects hours may be taken with the approval of the director of the program.