Curriculum


The M.S. in Environmental Science has the following components:

Total Credits = 30 (21 credits at the 500-level, including seminars and research, maximum 9 credits at the 400
level); 24 credits of coursework, 6 credits of research and thesis.

  • 6 total credits at the 400 or 500 level from both areas outside your option area 
  • 9-12 credits in option area 
  • One 500-Level research methods, directed study or statistics course 
  • Environmental Science 501 Special Topics Seminar (1 credit) 
  • Option Graduate Seminar – e.g., WLF 501, Soils 501 (2 credits) 
  • Research and Thesis (EnvS 500, 6 credits) 
  • Undergraduate Deficiencies: you will be notified upon acceptance if you are missing any undergraduate prerequisites. Deficiency coursework must be completed before the degree can be awarded. 

The Ph.D. in Environmental Science has the following components:

Total Credits = 78 (minimum 33 credits of coursework at the 400 or 500-level, including seminars, 9 credits maximum at the 400 level). For transfer credit: 39/78 credits must be in UI courses when enrolled in COGS. The numbers listed below are minimums in each area.

  • 9 total credits at 400 or 500 level from both areas outside your option area 
  • 500 level course in research methods, statistics or appropriate directed study (3 credits) 
  • 16 credits in option area 
  • Environmental Science 501 Special Topics Seminar (1 credit) 
  • Option Area Graduate Seminar (2 credits) 
  • Dissertation (EnvS 600, up to 45 credits) 
  • Undergraduate Deficiencies: you will be notified upon acceptance if you are missing any undergraduate prerequisites. Deficiency coursework must be completed before the degree can be awarded.

Committee Structure for either M.S. or Ph.D.: 
Three faculty members: faculty members must represent two of the three option areas (biological science, social science or physical science). The Major Professor counts as one of these areas. Two colleges must be represented.