2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Science, M.S., Environmental Ecology Concentration

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M.S. Environmental Science

STEM Designation: This program is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-designated by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please see https://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/stem-designated-programs.php


Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary fields of environmental science.
  2. Use advanced technologies and the scientific method to address environmental problems.
  3. Communicate concepts from Environmental Science effectively.
  4. Critically analyze interdisciplinary environmental problems.
  5. Assess scientific literature utilizing available scientific information.


A minimum of 38 - 40 credits must be completed to earn the master of science in environmental science degree. The transfer of credit earned at other institutions is permitted subject to the graduate policy on transfer credit detailed elsewhere in this catalog.

The program consists of five required core courses, additional courses that may be taken in a specified area of concentration, and a capstone. Note that students who do not choose to concentrate in a particular area are required to follow a plan of study determined in consultation with the program coordinator. Required courses cover common areas in environmental science, while the electives and concentration requirements enable students to study in a particular area of interest or in subjects with direct application to their profession.

Students may elect to write a thesis as part of the program of study. Thesis preparation and submission must comply with the graduate policy on theses as well as specific departmental requirements. A thesis is recommended for students who wish to pursue doctoral training after graduation and for those with specific professional interests. For students who choose the thesis option, the selection of thesis courses is determined in consultation with the program coordinator and the thesis advisor, and includes ENVS 6698 - Thesis I and ENVS 6699 - Thesis II in lieu of other courses in the program. Students who do not pursue a thesis have the option of completing a one-semester research project or internship.

Students should note that a number of courses in this program require weekend field trips, lab sessions, or acceptable alternatives. In addition, students should consult the program coordinator for advice on selection of appropriate courses and on assuring compliance with prerequisites.


Students may elect to pursue one of the following concentrations for the elective portion of the program:  Environmental Ecology, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Health and Management, Geographical Information Systems and Applications, or Marine Biology.  As students declare a concentration, they are assigned to the faculty advisor responsible for it, and the advisor helps the student formulate an individual program and the approved electives. Concentrations require a minimum of 21-23 credits in addition to the required core courses.  If no concentration is pursued, students must consult with the program coordinator to determine the appropriate 21-23 credits that must be taken in addition to the required core courses.

Capstone Requirement

Depending upon their track, students will choose from the following capstone project options:

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