Environmental Science, M.S.

College of Science & Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

Environmental Science, M.S.

The Environmental Science M.S. program provides a rich and rewarding setting in which students can develop and communicate innovative and practical solutions to present and future environmental challenges, with a focus on urban and coastal issues. Environmental science students at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enjoy small specialty classes and diverse laboratory and field experiences. Environmental science facilities contain biological, geological and map collections as well as a wide array of field and laboratory equipment.

A satellite ground station and image processing lab permit remote-sensing studies. Four-wheel drive vehicles, boats and camping equipment support field operations. The Natural Resource Center is home to several Texas A&M-Corpus Christi research centers, which grant students access to modern laboratories for environmental research. The curriculum will especially benefit individuals employed in scientific or technical fields who seek advancement or additional training to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
July 15 November 15 April 15 May 15

International Students:

Fall      Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 September 1 February 1 February 1

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (International applicants will be required to submit relevant International transcripts)
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Essay (Minimum 300 words in length describing educational and career interests, goals and challenges)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants seeking admission to the master's program in Environmental Science should first contact the program faculty member willing to serve as the graduate advisor.  Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor. 

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

International Applicant Requirements:

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
The program offers both Thesis and Professional (non-thesis) track options. The Professional track option will especially benefit individuals employed in scientific/technical fields who seek advancement or additional training to enhance their knowledge and skills. Non-thesis students complete a professional research project with a written final report and seminar. The Thesis Option requires a thesis based on original research, supported by the scientific literature, and will allow a person to pursue advanced graduate studies or to obtain employment in most areas requiring a detailed knowledge of a specific aspect of environmental science. Many courses are offered in the evening or in non-traditional format (online or during short mini-mesters).

Thesis Option (36 sem hrs.)

ESCI 5101 Environmental Res. Seminar 1 sem hr.
ESCI 5203 Professional Skills for Scientists 2 sem hr.
MATH 6315 Statistical Methods in Research I 3sem hr.
Choose one:
BLAW 5330 Environmental Law and Policy or ESCI 5302 Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations or ESCI 5360 Coastal Mgt. and Ocean Law 3 sem hr.
Electives in specialty area (choose in consultation with student's advisory committee):At least 9 hours must be from BIOL, CHEM, CMSS, ESCI, GEOL, or PHYS 18 sem hr.
At least 9 hours must be from BIOL, CHEM, CMSS, ESCI, GEOL, or PHYS (18)
ESCI 5392 Thesis I: Thesis Proposal/ESCI 5393 Thesis II: Thesis Research/ESCI 5394 Thesis III: Thesis Submission 9 sem hr.

Professional Track Option (36 sem. hrs)

ESCI 5101 Environmental Res. Seminar 1 sem. hr
ESCI 5203 Professional Skills for Scientists 2 sem.hrs
MATH 6315 Statistical Methods in Research I 3 sem. hrs
Choose one:
BLAW 5330 Environmental Law and Policy or ESCI 5302 Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations or ESCI 5360 Coastal Mgt. and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.
Electives in specialty area (choose in consultation with the student's advisory committee). At least 9 hours must be from BIOL, CHEM, CMSS, ESCI, GEOL, or PHYS 24 sem. hrs
ESCI 5397 Directed Research (includes a professional paper and presentation of a seminar on a topic approved by the students advisory committee and based on work completed under ESCI 5397) 3 sem. hrs
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.
Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (http://sci.tamucc.edu/students/gradfunding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website: http://sci.tamucc.edu/member.php?who=all&program=esci.
  • If you would like to learn more about the Environmental Science Program, please visit the Program website found at: http://www.esci.tamucc.edu/.
  • If you'd like to learn more about the College of Science and Engineering, please visit the College website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Jennifer Smith-Engle

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5802
Office: 361-825-2814
jennifer.smith-engle@tamucc.edu