M.S. in Environmental Science Curriculum

students doing environmental science field research

The Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) is a 30-credit degree program.  All students enroll in 10 credits of required foundation courses.  The remaining credits are dependent on whether you pursue the research and thesis track or choose the non-thesis, capstone project track.  In cooperation with the Program Director and your faculty mentor(s), you develop and customize your academic program.

required courses for environmental science masters

 

 

All students take 10 credits of required foundation courses.

 

 

GEV 7000: Research Methods in the Environmental Sciences (2 credits) Analytical and research techniques for environmental scientists.

GEV 7010: Environmental Colloquium (1 credit) Attendance at departmental seminars and student presentations. 

GEV 7020: Advanced Environmental Issues Seminar (3 credits) Discussion and debate of current environmental issues.

GEV 7041: GIS for Environmental Systems (4 credits) Application of geotechnical skills to address environmental issues.

Note:     GEV 7040 (Intro to GIS) is required for students without prior GIS experience as a pre-requisite for GEV 7041.  If a student must take GEV 7040, that counts towards their free electives. 

student environmental science research

In addition to the 10 credits of required foundation courses, students on the Research and Thesis Track must take GEV 7030 and GEV 9040.  Additionally, they take at least 5 credits of thesis work, but no more than 10 additional credits, depending on the research plan they work out with their advisor. 

Thesis courses include:  GEV 9000, 9001, 9010, 9020, or 9030.

 

  • GEV 7030: Proposal Development (1 credit)
  • GEV 9040: Thesis Writing (1 credit)
  • GEV 9000: Directed Research (2 credits)  For students who need an introductory research course prior to their Thesis Advisory Committee.
  • GEV 9001: Thesis Continuation (0 credits)
  • GEV 9010: Thesis Research I (2 credits)
  • GEV 9020: Thesis Research II  (3 credits)
  • GEV 9030: Thesis Research III (5 credits)
student presenting environmental science research

In addition to the 10 credits of foundation courses, students selecting the Non-Thesis Capstone Track will work with the MSES Director to develop a program of study that complements their career goals.  You will complete a capstone project in your final semester, which you will then publically present at the Department’s Environmental Colloquium. 

 

 

The following courses are required for the non-thesis capstone track and will help you develop your project:

  • GEV 9000: Directed Research (2 credits)
  • GEV 9005: Capstone Project (1 credit)
student talking in class

Students enrolled in the Research and Thesis Track take between 8 and 13 credits of elective courses, dependent upon their research plans.

Students enrolled in the Non-Thesis, Capstone Track take 17 credits of elective courses, at least 8 credits of which must come from laboratory courses.  Up to nine credits may be taken from departments other than GEV. 

We offer specialty tracks in the following areas:

  • Ecosystem Sciences – Focus in ecosystems ecology and biogeochemistry to include coursework in Ecosystem Services, Environmental Ecology, Watershed Biogeochemistry, Wetland Science, Ocean Environments, and Field Methods in Environmental Science
  • Resource Management – Focus in the management of natural resources to include coursework in Natural Resources and Conservation, and Land Use and Environmental Impact Planning, Ecosystem Services; with relevant courses options such as Public Policy and Managing Public Networks offered through other college departments

GEV Elective Lecture Courses (3 credits)

  • GEV 7100       Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis        
  • GEV 7101       Land Use and Environmental Assessment            
  • GEV 7102       Sustainable Environmental Systems        
  • GEV 7103       Environmental Policy and Law    
  • GEV 7104       Coastal Environments    
  • GEV 7105       Sustainable Urban Systems         
  • GEV 7106       Ecosystems Services       
  • GEV 7107       Advanced Environmental Geology           
  • GEV 7108       Climate Variability            
  • GEV 7109       Paleoclimates    
  • GEV 7110       Sustainable Development            
  • GEV 7111       Agricultural Sciences       
  • GEV 7112       Environmental Health    
  • GEV 7113       Soil Science         
  • GEV 7114       Air Pollution       
  • GEV 7115       Energy Systems                
  • GEV 7116       Coral Reefs         
  • GEV 7117       Water Resources             
  • GEV 7118       Energy Policy     
  • GEV 7119       Oceanography  
  • GEV 7120       Geology               
  • GEV 7121       Global Change Science  
  • GEV 7122       Ecosystem Ecology          
  • GEV 7123       Green Science   
  • GEV 7124       Biomimicry          
  • GEV 7125       Tropical Ecology                
  • GEV 7126       Process Geomorphology              
  • GEV 7127       Environmental Systems 
  • GEV 7128       Environmental Systems Management  
  • GEV 7129       Environmental Toxicology            
  • GEV 7200       Advanced Quantitative Analysis                
  • GEV 7201       Spatial Analysis of Environmental Systems           
  • GEV 7202       Geo Statistics     
  • GEV 7203       Environmental Modeling with GIS and Remote Sensing 
  • GEV 7204       Geospatial Project Management           

GEV Elective Lab Science Courses (4 credits)   

  • GEV 7040       Intro to GIS*  
  • GEV 8310       Advanced Topics in Environmental Lab Science I                
  • GEV 8320       Advanced Topics in Environmental Lab Science II               
  • GEV 8321       Microbial Processes        
  • GEV 8322       Ocean and Coastal Environments             
  • GEV 8323       Watershed Biogeochemistry      
  • GEV 8324       Environmental Systems 
  • GEV 8325       Environmental Ecology  
  • GEV 8326       Environmental Geology 
  • GEV 8327       Geomorphological Environments             
  • GEV 8328       Climatology        
  • GEV 8329       Global Change Research               
  • GEV 8330       Field Methods for Environmental Science             
  • GEV 8331       Field Research   
  • GEV 8332       Sustainable Environmental Systems        
  • GEV 8333       Water and Waste Water Management  
  • GEV 8334       Biogeochemistry              
  • GEV 8335       Hydrology and Water Resources               
  • GEV 8336       Aquatic Environmental Ecology  
  • GEV 8337       Terrestrial Environmental Ecology            
  • GEV 8338       Environmental Chemistry      

*Required for students without prior GIS experience as a pre-requisite for GEV 7041    

Electives in Other Departments

Chemistry Courses (3 credits)

  • CHM 7515    Environmental Chemistry
  • CHM 7595    Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 7515    Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHM 8643    Toxicology  

Biology Courses

  • BIO 7105    Vertebrate Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 7151    Biogeochemistry Lecture (2 credits)
  • BIO 7152    Biogeochemistry Lab (2 credits)
  • BIO 7805    Biostatistics and Experimental Design (4 credits)
  • BIO 7555    Molecular Ecology and Evolution (4 credits)
  • BIO 7705    Plant Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 7755    Plant Ecophysiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 7955    Biodiversity and Systematics (4 credits)
  • BIO 7970    Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (2 credits)
  • BIO 7980    Advanced Topics in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (3 credits)
  • BIO 7980    Advanced Topics (Molecular Ecology) (3 credits)
  • BIO 7980    Advanced Topics (Behavioral Ecology) (3 credits)
  • BIO 7980/7982    Advanced Topics (Global Change Ecology, lecture / lab) (4 credits)
  • BIO 8940/8941    Advanced Topics (Tropical Field Ecology, lecture / lab) (4 credits)

Public Administration Courses (3 credits unless otherwise noted)

  • MPA 8100    Decision-Making
  • MPA 8300    Leadership Ethics
  • MPA 8400    Strategic Planning
  • MPA 8500    Effective City Management
  • MPA 8550    Urban Politics
  • MPA 8600    Effective Nonprofit Management
  • MPA 8800    Managing Public Networks
  • MPA 8900    Public Policy
  • MPA 8299    Special Topics in Public Administration (1 credit; suggested topics: land use and zoning, economic development strategies, program evaluation, performance measurement)

Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:

Dr. Lisa J. Rodrigues, Associate Professor

Telephone: 610-519-7534

EMail: lisa.rodrigues@villanova.edu

Office: Mendel Hall, G67H

Program Coordinator:

Ms. Kathleen Cooper

Telephone: 610-519-3342

EMail: kathleen.f.cooper@villanova.edu

Office: Mendel Hall, 189