Baylor University
Environmental Science
College of Arts and Sciences

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Admission to Graduate Program

For admission to the graduate program, candidates must:
  1. Meet the general requirements set forth by the Graduate School (Website or Graduate Catalog), including the submission of a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score.
  2. Demonstrate an academic background that is adequate to undertake the course of study that has been defined as the candidate's major area of interest.
  3. Present a GPA from undergraduate disciplines that is predictive of success in this program and that supports the candidate's graduate area of interest.

The Environmental Science department welcomes master's candidates with diverse academic backgrounds. Students from majors such as anthropology, aviation science, biology, chemistry, engineering, geography, science education, and policy are encouraged to apply. All applicants must submit GRE General Test scores. The department has developed a graduate core course sequence,

  • ENV 5342 - Ecological Risk Assessment
  • ENV 5303 - Environmental Chemical Analysis
  • ENV 5368 - Integrated Energy Resource Systems
  • ENV 5379 - Ecosystem Management, open to students with graduate standing in all environmental fields


The program also offers advanced courses in specialized areas such as water resources, natural resource management, environmental toxicology, and environmental chemistry. Under the direction of a major advisor, graduate students may either focus their course work in a specific area, such as water quality, or they may pursue courses that provide a broad background in environmental issues. Graduate students may also take courses offered in other departments, such as Biology, Chemistry, and Geology, if the courses are appropriate to environmental science or studies and the graduate student's professional goals.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for departmental master's students in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and scholarships. Application for support is competitive; therefore, a letter requesting funding should be submitted to the departments's graduate director by February 15, for the following academic year. Loans and other types of aid are available through the Student Financial Aid Office. Students selecting a thesis option may conduct research in the Waco area, outside the region or internationally.

International Research Opportunities

Environmental Science graduate students have conducted research in Asia, Europe, and Central America. Departmental laboratory facilities provide instrumentation and computer support in geographic information systems, computer modeling, water quality analysis, air quality monitoring, and biofuels production. The program engages in field research in a variety of ecosystems, including riparian corridors, reservoirs, grasslands, wetlands, temperate forests, tropical forests, and coastal barrier islands. Current faculty research interests include the social impacts of ecotourism, human dimensions of climate change, wastewater management, water quality, ecotoxicology, improved production of biofuels, conservation of biodiversity, and the ethics of natural resource communities.

Thesis Options

Thesis options are appropriate for students interested in research and academic careers, research interest, those pursuing a terminal degree, or those planning careers that require extensive preparation of environmental documentation or plans. A non-thesis option with a required practicum is available for the Master of Environmental Science (M.E.S.) degree. The semester-long practicum may be either paid or volunteer and must be under a professional supervisor. The non-thesis option is appropriate for students seeking employment in K-12 education.

For full consideration, applications must be received no later than January 16, 2016.