College of Sciences

Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Masters of Science in Environmental Studies

Graduate Certificate Programs

Environmental Geoscience Option

The Environmental Geoscience Option is designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct research and act as consultants in environmental sciences and geosciences. The students in the program will take a variety of courses distributed across three areas – Policy/Economics, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Geosciences. Course work will be concentrated in the Environmental Geosciences, with the option to take additional courses in the other areas based on student interest.

The MS program requires the completion of 30 credits, 3 credits in Policy/Economics, 3 credits in Environmental Engineering, 15 credits in Environmental Geoscience, 3 additional credits from any area, and 6 credits of Master’s thesis (thesis MS). The thesis involves original laboratory or theoretical work, usually publishable in accredited and peer reviewed technical journals. The thesis advisory committee will consist of a Principal Advisor who is the member of the EEAS faculty, and two members chosen from EEAS or associated UMass Lowell faculty. One member may be from outside the University, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator. In lieu of a thesis, students may elect to take an additional 6 credits of approved course work (non-thesis MS).

Candidates for the program should have a baccalaureate degree in physical or biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering from an accredited program and generally a 3.0 GPA or higher. Candidates with a closely related major may be admitted with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. Students entering the program should have at a minimum a year of college Physics, a year of college Chemistry, and Calculus I (Calculus II may be required for some courses). Depending on their prior course work, students entering the program may be required to take undergraduate courses in order to develop the analytical skills and knowledge base required for the advanced level courses, but these credits will not count towards the total required for the Master’s degree.

General requirements for all applicants are a completed application packet supplied by the Graduate Admissions Office which includes:

  • Graduate Admissions Application form
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and/or professional performance
  • Official score report for the Graduate Record Exam, with a satisfactory level score
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Application fee
  • International applicants must also submit an official TOEFL score.

Applications may be downloaded or submitted electronically from the Graduate Admissions website.

Applications for the Master of Science Option in Environmental Geoscience are accepted year round, but it is recommended that completed applications be submitted several months before expected matriculation.

Curriculum

Area I. Policy/Economics (Elect 1) 3 credits
ENVE.5270 or PUBH.5500 Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
ECON.6150 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3 credits)
ENVI.5200 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis (3 credits)
Area II. Environmental Engineering (Elect 1) 3 credits
CIVE.5620 Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology (3 credits)
CIVE.5670 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credits)
CIVE.5680 Environmental Fate and Transport (3 credits)
CIVE.5750 Groundwater Modeling (3 credits)
Area III. Environmental Geoscience (Elect 5) 15 credits
ENVI.5040 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
CIVE.5720 Marine and Coastal Processes (3 credits)
GEOL.5010 Paleoclimatology (3 credits)
GEOL.5040 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3 credits)
GEOL.5060L Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory (1 credit)
GEOL.5140 Hydrogeology (3 credits)
GEOL.5150 Topics in Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
GEOL.5200 Structural Geology (3 credits)
GEOL.5220L Structural Geology Laboratory (1 credit)
GEOL.5240 Regional Hydrogeology (3 credits)
GEOL.5260 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (3 credits)
GEOL.5520 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (3 credits)
GEOL.5540L Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory (1 credit)
GEOL.5560 Applied Geophysics (3 credits)
GEOL.5520 Advanced Geochemistry (3 credits)
GEOL.5820 Marine Geology (3 credits)
Elective from any Area (Elect 1) 3 credits
Thesis (6 credits) or 2 courses from any of the above Area(s) for non-thesis 6 credits

Total Credits

30 credits

Other appropriate graduate level courses within or outside the department may be substituted for the above with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Department Chair or designee.

Masters in Environmental Studies

Professional Science Master’s Environmental Geoscience Option

The Environmental Geoscience Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Option will take many of the same courses as the Environmental Geoscience Option MS degree students, but the PSM option includes courses in business and entrepreneurship. PSM students will take one course from Policy/Economics, one course from Environmental Engineering, and four courses from Environmental Geosciences for a total of 18 credits. Additionally, students will take a minimum of nine credits in business/communications, an additional six credits from the MS option or business/communications, and a one credit internship experience in conjunction with a zero-credit professional development course and a zero- credit reflective seminar.

The program requires a minimum of 34 credits. The goal of the PSM degree is to prepare students for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing.

Candidates for the program should have a baccalaureate degree in physical or biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering from an accredited program and generally a 3.0. GPA or higher. Candidates with a closely related major may be admitted with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. Depending on their prior course work, students entering the program may be required to take undergraduate courses in order to develop the analytical skills and knowledge base required for the advanced level courses, but these credits will not count towards the total required for the Master’s degree.

General requirements for all applicants are a completed application packet supplied by the Graduate Admissions Office which includes: 

  • Graduate Admissions Application form
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and/or professional performance
  • Official score report for the Graduate Record Exam, with a satisfactory level score
  • Official transcript(s) Application fee
  • International applicants must also submit an official TOEFL score.

Applications may be downloaded or submitted electronically from the Graduate Admissions website.

Applications for the Master of Science, Professional Science Master’s Option in Environmental Geoscience are accepted year round, but it is recommended that completed applications be submitted several months before expected matriculation.

Curriculum
Area I. Policy/Economics (Elect 1) 3 credits
ENVE.5270 or PUBH.5500 Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
ECON.6150 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3 credits)
ENVI.5200 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis (3 credits)
Area II. Stem Courses
Environmental Engineering (Elect 1) 3 credits
CIVE.5620 Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology (3 credits)
CIVE.5670 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credits)
CIVE.5680 Environmental Fate and Transport (3 credits)
CIVE.5750 Groundwater Modeling (3 credits)
Environmental Geoscience (Elect 4) 12 credits
ENVI.5040 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
CIVE.5720 Marine and Coastal Processes (3 credits)
GEOL.5010 Paleoclimatology (3 credits)
GEOL.5040 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3 credits)
GEOL.5060L Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory (1 credit)
GEOL.5140 Hydrogeology (3 credits)
GEOL.5150 Topics in Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
GEOL.5220 Structural Geology (3 credits)
GEOL.5220L Structural Geology Laboratory (1 credit)
GEOL.5240 Regional Hydrogeology (3 credits)
GEOL.5260 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (3 credits)
GEOL.5520 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (3 credits)
GEOL.5540L Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory (1 credit)
GEOL.5560 Applied Geophysics (3 credits)
GEOL.5520 Advanced Geochemistry (3 credits)
GEOL.5820 Marine Geology (3 credits)
PLUS courses – business, communication, policy - selected with advice and approval of student’s adviser 9 credits
PSM.545 Professional and Scientific Communication or EEOS.654 Professional Science Communication (3 credits)
Ethics course equivalent to BMGT.520 with appropriate generic science/industry focus (1 credit)
PSM.535 Leadership for Scientists
PSM.535 Project Management for Science Professionals
ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
MKTG.5010 Marketing Fundamentals (2 credits)
POMS/MIST.5010 Operations Fundamentals (2 credits)
MGMT.5010 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
ENTR.6500 Innovation and Emerging Technology (3 credits)
MKTG.6300 Market Research for Entrepreneurs (3 credits)
FINA.6400 Financing Innovation & Tech. Ventures (3 credits)
MGMT.6300 New Product Development (3 credits)
Additional STEM and/or PLUS Courses. Choose from the lists above. 6 credits
PSM 500 – Professional Development
PSM 510 - PSM Internship/Project
PSM.501 – PSM Reflective Seminar (1 credit)

Total Credits

34 credits

Professional Internship and Seminar

This professional internship is required for students in this program and is expected to represent a minimum of 350 hours and will have a 3 – 6 month duration. The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations or research institutes. To be eligible for the internship students will be expected to have completed half of their STEM courses, two business/communication courses, attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and received departmental permission. Through this experience the student engages in real- world work situations involving technical problems, teamwork, communication skills and decision-making. Students who are employed full-time in a pertinent field may fulfill the internship requirement by completing an approved project, which adds to the student’s current set of skills. All students will be required to submit a final written report and give an oral presentation on their work at a seminar. All post-internship students will participate in this seminar. All Professional Internships require supervision by program faculty.