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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences - Year in Review 2011-2012

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The Curriculum The MS in Environmental Science is a 33-35 credit program that can be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. Most classes are held in the afternoon or evening to accommodate working professionals. Entry into the program requires undergraduate courses as follows: one year of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and one year of General Biology. College-level Physics and Calculus is recommended but not required. Scholarship opportunities are available for certain candidates, as well as competitive graduate assistantships. Curriculum specialization can be designed in various areas, including toxicology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, geographical information, and surveillance systems. Required Core Courses (18 credits) ENS 610 Environmental Science I 3 ENS 772 Thesis Preparation 1 ENS 611 Environmental Science II 3 ENS 790 Environmental Science Seminar 1 ENS 792 Research I 3 ENS 622 Quantitative Analytical Methods in Environmental Science 4 ENS 624 Environmental Science Policy and Politics Total 18 3 All students must take the 18 credits of the required core courses above and then take any elective for a total of 33-35 credits. Once a student completes all coursework (core and elective) and is solely working on her or his thesis, the student must register for Maintenance of Matriculation each semester until graduation. One-on-One Courses ENS 772: Thesis Preparation is a one-on-one tutorial to be taken during the first year in program. The student and mentor will explore preliminary questions that relate to thesis research. ENS 772 must be taken before ENS 792 or ENS 793. ENS 792: Research I—Environmental Science: This course is taken once the student is ready to fully embark on thesis research. This course is conducted under the supervision of students' thesis adviser. ENS 793: Research II—Students requiring additional time to complete thesis can elect to take this course under the supervision of thesis adviser. This course is essentially a continuation of ENS 792.

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