Great Lakes Environmental Science (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in a science (e.g., chemistry, biology, geography, geology, earth science, environmental science) or math discipline from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. An official transcript of the applicant's undergraduate program giving evidence of satisfactory completion of college science and mathematics courses. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have introductory college coursework in chemistry, biology, geography, geology, and mathematics/statistics. The absence of any of this coursework may be regarded as a deficiency and students may be required to complete this recommended coursework before graduation.
  3. Two letters of recommendation and completed survey evaluating the applicant's academic qualifications. It is highly desirable to have at least one letter of recommendation from a professor with whom the applicant has done coursework or projects.
  4. A written statement of the applicant's academic background, academic and career plans, and area(s) of research interest. Applicants interested in completing a thesis must identify one or more potential faculty advisors with whom they are interested in working on their thesis research. This information should be included in the applicant’s written statement. A list of GLES faculty participants can be found here: https://greatlakescenter.buffalostate.edu/gles-faculty . Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors prior to submitting their applications.
  5. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)
GLC 535GREAT LAKES ECOSYSTEMS3
BIO 670BIOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS (or equivalent quantitative data analysis course)3
Select one from the following:3
FUNDAMENTALS OF GIS
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING APPLICATIONS IN GIS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS
Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
Appropriate biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and geography and planning courses selected by advisement.15
Master's Thesis (6 credit hours)
GLC 695MASTER'S THESIS6
Total Credit Hours30

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated