College of Sciences

Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Masters of Science in Environmental Studies

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
18.527 or 19.550 Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
49.615 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3 credits)
87.520 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis (3 credits)
Area II. Environmental Engineering  (Elect 1) 3 credits
14.562 Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology (3 credits)
14.567 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credits)
14.568 Environmental Fate and Transport (3 credits)
14.575 Groundwater Modeling (3 credits)
Area III. Environmental Geoscience (Elect 5) 15 credits
87.504 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
14.572 Marine and Coastal Processes (3 credits)
89.501 Paleoclimatology (3 credits)
89.504 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3 credits)
89.506 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory (1 credit)
89.514 Hydrogeology (3 credits)
89.515 Topics in Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
89.522 Structural Geology (3 credits)
89.524 Structural Geology Laboratory (1 credit)
89.524 Regional Hydrogeology (3 credits)
89.526 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (3 credits)
89.552 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (3 credits)
89.554 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory (1 credit)
89.556 Applied Geophysics (3 credits)
89.552 Advanced Geochemistry (3 credits)
89.582 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 studnets, 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
18.527 or 19.550 Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
49.615 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3 credits)
87.520 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis (3 credits)
Area II. Stem Courses
Environmental Engineering (Elect 1) 3 credits
14.562 Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology (3 credits)
14.567 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credits)
14.568 Environmental Fate and Transport (3 credits)
14.575 Groundwater Modeling (3 credits)
Environmental Geoscience (Elect 4) 12 credits
87.504 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
14.572 Marine and Coastal Processes (3 credits)
89.501 Paleoclimatology (3 credits)
89.504 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3 credits)
89.506 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory (1 credit)
89.514 Hydrogeology (3 credits)
89.515 Topics in Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
89.522 Structural Geology (3 credits)
89.524 Structural Geology Laboratory (1 credit)
89.524 Regional Hydrogeology (3 credits)
89.526 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (3 credits)
89.552 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (3 credits)
89.554 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory (1 credit)
89.556 Applied Geophysics (3 credits)
89.552 Advanced Geochemistry (3 credits)
89.582 Marine Geology (3 credits)
PLUS courses – business, communication, policy - selected with advice and approval of student’s advisor 9 credits
PSM.545 Professional and Scientific Communication or EEOS 654 Professional Science Communication (3 credits)
Ethics course equivalent to IB520 with appropriate generic science/industry focus (1 credit)
PSM.535 Leadership for Scientists
PSM.535 Project Management for Science Professionals
60.501 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
62.501 Marketing Fundamentals (2 credits)
63.501 Operations Fundamentals (2 credits)
66.501 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
64.650 Innovation and Emerging Technology (3 credits)
62.630 Market Research for Entrepreneurs (3 credits)
61.640 Financing Innovation & Tech. Ventures (3 credits)
66.630 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.