MS in Environmental Science

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-International Study Centre, United States Ranked #18 in North America

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Next enrollment cycle

June 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 11,759

Course Accredited By

ABET

  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
The Environmental Science M.S. program provides a rich and rewarding setting in which students can develop and communicate innovative and practical solutions to present and future environmental challenges, with a focus on urban and coastal issues.
Environmental science students at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enjoy small specialty classes and diverse laboratory and field experiences. Environmental science facilities contain biological, geological and map collections as well as a wide array of field and laboratory equipment.

A satellite ground station and image processing lab permit remote-sensing studies. Four-wheel drive vehicles, boats and camping equipment support field operations. The Natural Resource Center is home to several Texas A&M-Corpus Christi research centers, which grant students access to modern laboratories for environmental research. The curriculum will especially benefit individuals employed in scientific or technical fields who seek advancement or additional training to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Enrollment Cycles

  • June 2022
  • August 2022

Entry requirements
Postgraduate

Pre-Master’s Program (2 semesters)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 60 overall
  • IELTS 5.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 50
  • Pearson Versant 48-54
  • Duolingo 85
  • Gao Kao English Not accepted
  • GPA: 2.50 Pre-Master’s Program
  • Up to 3 credits toward degree

Pre-Master’s Program (1 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 70 overall
  • IELTS 6.0 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 55
  • Pearson Versant 55-63
  • Duolingo 95
  • Gao Kao English Not accepted
  • GPA: 2.50 for Pre-Master’s Program
  • Up to 3 credits toward degree

Direct Admission

  • TOEFL (iBT) 79 overall
  • IELTS 6.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) Not Accepted
  • Pearson Versant Not Accepted
  • Duolingo 110
  • Gao Kao English Not Accepted
  • GPA: 3.0 for Direct Admission
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Core Courses (6 sem. hrs.)
The following courses are required by all students.

ESCI 6101 - Environmental Research Seminar 1 sem. hrs.
ESCI 6203 - Professional Skills for Scientists 2 sem. hrs.
MATH 6315 - Statistical Methods in Research I 3 sem. hrs.


A. Thesis Option (36 sem. hrs.) 
Core: 6 sem. hrs.
ESCI 5392 - Thesis I: Thesis Proposal 3 sem. hrs.
ESCI 5393 - Thesis II: Thesis Research 3 sem. hrs.
ESCI 5394 - Thesis III: Thesis Submission 3 sem. hrs.
Electives in specialty area (to be chosen in consultation with a student’s advisory committee). At least 9 hours must be from ATSC, BIMS, BIOL, CHEM, CMSS, ESCI, FAMA, GEOL, MARB, PHYS, or SMTE. 18 sem. hrs.
Choose One:
BLAW 5330 - Environmental Law and Policy 3 sem. hrs. OR
ESCI 6302 - Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations 3 sem. hrs. OR
ESCI 6360 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.
Total: 36


B. Professional (Non-Thesis) Option (36 sem. hrs.) *
Core: 6 sem. hrs.
ESCI 5397 - Directed Research 3 sem. hrs.
Electives in specialty area (to be chosen in consultation with a student’s advisory committee). At least 9 hours must be from ATSC, BIMS, BIOL, CHEM, CMSS, ESCI, FAMA, GEOL, MARB, PHYS, or SMTE. 24 sem. hrs.


Choose One:
BLAW 5330 - Environmental Law and Policy 3 sem. hrs. OR
ESCI 6302 - Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations 3 sem. hrs. OR
ESCI 6360 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.
Total: 36
Note:
Core requirements may be waived if a student can demonstrate equivalent competencies in that area.


C. Emphasis Areas, Tracks, and Designated Electives
A student will define an emphasis area or track for his or her graduate studies with assistance from the graduate advisor and advisory committee. Marine Policy and Human Dimensions is one possible track; another is Coastal and Marine System Science. These are described in further detail below. The emphasis area is a unique word or phrase which best expresses the student’s intended focus of graduate studies within the broad field of environmental science. Suggested emphasis areas (not an exclusive list) include: bioremediation, coastal ecosystems, coastal geomorphology, conservation, contaminants, ecotoxicology, environmental monitoring, environmental regulations, fisheries, geospatial sciences and remote sensing applications, and hydrogeology. Other emphasis areas are possible as approved by a student’s graduate committee. The emphasis area is stated on the degree plan. Students must demonstrate that the selection of electives produces a coherent graduate program focused around the emphasis area. Designated electives must receive the approval of a student’s advisory committee. Electives from the natural sciences, computer science, geographic information science, mathematics, political science, public administration, business law, or other areas may be approved.


C-1. Marine Policy and Human Dimensions Track.
Students with an interest in studying the application of environmental science to ocean/coastal policy may choose the Marine Policy and Human Dimensions track. The track provides an understanding of the physical and biological coastal environment and its interaction with human behaviors and policies. This transdisciplinary program is designed to prepare students to work with a wide variety of marine and coastal constituencies to translate sound environmental science to public policy. Suggested electives include:
ESCI 6340 - Ocean Resources 3 sem. hrs.
ESCI 6345 - Living with Coastal Hazards 3 sem. hrs.
ESCI 6360 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.


C-2. Coastal and Marine System Science Track.
This track is appropriate for students who may wish to apply selected Coastal and Marine System Science courses to a MS degree in Environmental Science, as approved by the student’s graduate committee.



 

Postgraduate Program

 Pre-Master’s Program (2 semesters) $12252 

Pre-Master’s Program (1 semester) $6126 

Direct Admission (2 semesters/9 credits each) Business: $11,759 

Engineering/Computer Science: $12,126

 Estimated Room & Board $15,029 - $20,004

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