Graduate Programs

Our programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences emphasize a deeper understanding of environmental issues that occur on regional, national and global levels.

Students pursuing a Master of Science degree in earth and environmental sciences can explore thesis options in five concentrations or select the non-thesis option.

Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences – Thesis Options

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Archeology

Once you start digging into the earth and environmental sciences master’s program, you’ll find a concentration in archaeology. When you choose to follow this concentration, you’ll learn more about the relationship between human culture and the natural environment. Specifically, you’ll gain an understanding of the methods and principles of archaeological research from an interdisciplinary and scientific perspective. Plus, as an archaeology student, you’ll find opportunities to conduct research and take part in applied laboratory and field-based projects.

Total Curriculum Requirements (30 hours)

 

Required Courses (18 total hours)

Hours

ARC 600: Graduate Seminar in Archaeology

3

EES 619: Seminar in Research Techniques

3

EES 621: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 696: Understanding Scientific Communication

2

EES 698: Thesis Research

3

EES 699: Thesis Research

3

Restricted Electives (3 total hours)

Select from the following:

Hours

ARC 602: Graduate Archaeological Field Work

1–5

EES 636: Soils and Geomorphology

3

ARC/EES 656: Geophysical Surveying

3

Electives (9 total hours)

Select from the following:

Hours

ARC 604: Archaeological Laboratory Systems

1

ARC 605: Archaeological Information Systems

3

ARC 610: Landscape Archaeology

3

ARC 615: Environmental Archaeology

3

ARC 620: Human Ecology

3

EES 612: Remote Sensing

4

EES 680: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

3

EES 691: Special Problems

1

EES 692: Special Problems

2

EES 693: Special Problems

3

STA 665: Applied Statistics I

4

WSC 601: Seminar in Sustainability Studies

2

Other Degree Requirements

 

Defense of thesis

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Environmental geology

Take your skills and knowledge of the environment to the next level with a master’s degree in environmental geology. This concentration focuses on the chemical, physical and biological aspects of environmental change both in the present and in the geologic past. With laboratory, research and internship opportunities, you’ll excel in the fast-growing field of earth and environmental sciences.

Total Curriculum Requirements (30 hours)

 

Required Courses (15 total hours)

Hours

EES 619: Seminar in Research Techniques

3

EES 621: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 696: Understanding Scientific Communication

2

EES 698: Thesis Research

3

EES 699: Thesis Research

3

Restricted Electives (6-7 total hours)

Select two from the following:

Hours

BIO 686: Limnology

4

CHE 665: Biogeochemistry

3

EES 633: Paleoecology

3

EES 642: Watershed Ecology

3

EES 680: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

3

Electives (8-9 total hours)

Select from the following:

Hours

ARC 615: Environmental Archaeology

3

BIO 623: Physiological Ecology

3

BIO 625: Biogeography

3

BIO 632: Quantitative Ecology

4

BIO 646: Stream Ecology

4

BIO 678: Conservation Biology

4

BIO 690: Disturbance Ecology

3

CET 655: Environmental Regulatory Affairs

3

CET 681: Pollution Assessment and Control

3

CHE 613: Environmental Chemistry

3

EES 636: Soils and Geomorphology

3

EES 662: Hydrogeology

3

EES 665: Physical/Chemical Limnology

3

EES 691: Special Problems

1

EES 692: Special Problems

2

EES 693: Special Problems

3

STA 665: Applied Statistics I

4

WSC 601: Seminar in Sustainability Studies

2

Other Degree Requirements

 

Defense of thesis

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 Geoinformatics

Broaden your understanding of geospatial science with this master’s concentration. You’ll dive deeper in your study of digital mapping, GIS, remote sensing and GPS technology through laboratory, research and internship opportunities to apply geospatial technology while solving important environmental and societal problems.

Total Curriculum Requirements (30 hours)

 

Required Courses (15 total hours)

Hours

EES 619: Seminar in Research Techniques

3

EES 621: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 696: Understanding Scientific Communication

2

EES 698: Thesis Research

3

EES 699: Thesis Research

3

Restricted Concentration Courses (10 total hours)

Hours

EES 612: Remote Sensing

4

EES 640: Advanced Remote Sensing

3

EES 680: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

3

Restricted Electives (5 total hours)

Select from the following:

Hours

CIS 609: Data Management

3

CIS 615: Information System Security

3

EES 622: Advanced Cartography

3

EES 641: Digital Image Processing Research

3

EES 656: Geophysical Surveying

3

EES 660: Spatial Analysis Techniques

3

EES 661: Precision GIS/GPS Applications

1–3

EES 678: Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling

3

EES 679: Remote Sensing of Vegetation

3

EES 691: Special Problems

1

EES 692: Special Problems

2

EES 693: Special Problems

3

STA 665: Applied Statistics I

4

Other Degree Requirements

 

Defense of thesis

Watershed science

Do you wish to learn more about the interdisciplinary approaches to watershed management? Through our partnership with the Watershed Studies Institute, you’ll have the opportunity to study and learn more about near-surface water resources and associated earth-surface processes. If you’re ready for a future in watershed management and science, this master’s program will prepare you for a career in the field or further graduate studies.

Total Curriculum Requirements (30 hours)

 

Required Courses (18 total hours)

Hours

EES 619: Seminar in Research Techniques

3

EES 621: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 642: Watershed Ecology

3

EES 696: Understanding Scientific Communication

2

EES 698: Thesis Research

3

EES 699: Thesis Research

3

Restricted Electives (12 total hours)

Courses must be approved by the advisory committee and represent at least two disciplines.

Hours

AGR 674: Agricultural Irrigation and Water Systems

3

BIO 625: Biogeography

3

BIO 630: Animal Ecology

4

BIO 631: Plant Ecology

4

BIO 632: Quantitative Ecology

4

BIO 646: Stream Ecology

4

BIO 661: Freshwater Invertebrates

4

BIO 663: Aquatic Entomology

4

BIO 668: Wetland Ecology

4

BIO 669: Biological Limnology

3

BIO 670: Limnological Analysis Laboratory

4

BIO 671: Ichthyology

4

BIO 672: Herpetology

4

BIO 678: Conservation Biology

4

BIO 682: Waterfowl Management

4

BIO 683: Fisheries Management

4

BIO 686: Limnology

4

BIO 687: Freshwater Biology

4

BIO 688: Reservoir Ecology

4

BIO 690: Disturbance Ecology

3

CET 655: Environmental Regulatory Affairs

3

CET 681: Pollution Assessment and Control

3

CET 685: Remediation Technology

3

CHE 613: Environmental Chemistry

3

CHE 617: Advanced Organic Chemistry

3

CHE 627: Chemical Separations

3

CHE 628: Mass Spectrometry

3

CHE 665: Biogeochemistry

3

EES 616: Isotope Geochemistry

3

EES 636: Soils and Geomorphology

3

EES 640: Advanced Remote Sensing

3

EES 641: Digital Image Processing Research

3

EES 643: Soil Micromorphology

4

EES 662: Hydrogeology

3

EES 665: Physical/Chemical Limnology

3

EES 678: Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling

3

EES 679: Remote Sensing of Vegetation

3

EES 680: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

3

Other Degree Requirements

 

Successful completion of STA 665: Applied Statistics I if substituted for EES 619: Seminar in Research Techniques

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Written and oral comprehension examinations as specified by the advisory committee in broad aspects of watershed science and area of concentration (usually taken in third semester of residence)

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Defense of thesis

Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences – Non-thesis Option

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Earth and environmental sciences

A master’s degree in earth and environmental sciences can take you in any number of directions. Understand the principles of the earth and the environment to take your career to the next level in this non-thesis graduate option.

Total Curriculum Requirements (30 hours)

 

Required Courses (16 total hours)

Hours

EES 612: Remote Sensing

4

EES 619: Seminar in Research Techniques

3

EES 621: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 680: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

3

EES 696: Understanding Scientific Communication

2

Restricted Electives (14 total hours)

Select from the following:

Hours

EES courses at 600-level

9–10

EES or related courses at 600-level

4–5

Other Degree Requirements

 

Written and oral comprehensive examinations

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Certification

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Geospatial data science certificate (graduate)

This graduate certificate is designed to complement interdisciplinary graduate and professional degree programs in data science to provide specialized courses that emphasize geospatial science and technology. This certificate program supports professionals working in the geospatial field and provides experience using industry and federal data standards and methodology for data acquisition/input, manipulation, analysis, modeling and output. It’ll also add value to traditional computer science and geography discipline areas, such as big data analytics, geographic information systems (GIS) and science, remote sensing and CyberGIS.

Total Curriculum Requirements (14 hours)

Note: A grade of C or better must be achieved in all courses for successful completion of the certification program. Students may transfer up to six credit hours of equivalent graduate courses into the program.

 

Required Courses (11 total hours)

Hours

EES 612: Remote Sensing

4

EES 621: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 693: Special Problems: Big Data Analytics

3

Required Limited Electives (3 total hours)

Select from the following:

Hours

BUS 684: Seminar in Geospatial Tools in Business

3

CIS 609: Data Management

3

CIS 643: Advanced Business Analytics

3

CIS 646: A Manager’s Guide to Database

3

CIS/CSC 695: Comprehensive Project in Computer Science

3

EES 640: Advanced Remote Sensing

3

EES 660: Spatial Analysis Techniques

3

EES 678: Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling

3

EES 679: Remote Sensing of Vegetation

3

EES 680: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

3

EES 691: Special Problems

1

EES 692: Special Problems

2

EES 696: Understanding Scientific Communication

2

MKT 685: Seminar in Marketing Location Analytics

3

TSM/CIS 615: Information System Security

3

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet Murray State University admission requirements (refer to the graduate admissions webpage). The department also requires that three letters of recommendation and a written statement of the applicant’s interests be submitted with the application package to the Office of Graduate Admissions or to the graduate program coordinator. Additional requirements are as follows:

Unconditional

To qualify for unconditional admission, an applicant must meet the following:

  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in an earth and environmental science (or related) field
  • A composite GRE score (V+Q) of 1,000 on the old scale or 300 on the new scale.

Conditional

Students admitted conditionally are admitted to full standing after completing:

  • Any remedial courses required by graduate faculty
  • One semester of graduate work with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

View 2018–19 graduate program tuition and fees.

Faculty Contacts

Chair: Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang | qzhang@murraystate.edu and 270.809.6760

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Haluk Cetin | hcetin@murraystate.edu and 270.809.2085