Master of Science in Environmental Science

Wayne State's Master of Science in Environmental Science prepares graduates to address many anthropogenic environmental changes taking place in our world today, which includes rigorous courses from several branches of science, including coastal and environmental geology, environmental biology, biodiversity changes, environmental isotope geochemistry, emerging contaminants, biogeochemistry, remote sensing, big data analytics, climate science, toxicology, water quality and environmental law and policy.

Through interdisciplinary course work and the completion of a master's thesis, graduates will be prepared to transition or advance their careers in environmental changes related to consulting, regulatory and research fields as well as allowing students the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. in related fields.

About the program

The human impact on Earth's environment over the past two centuries (anthropocene) is unprecedented. Population growth, accompanied by high energy demands to power societal development, has impacted the Earth system in many ways. The Master of Science in Environmental Science prepares working professionals who need additional related certification in their fields and/or those interested in pursuing research careers.

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