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Master in Watershed Science

 


Because of the significant increase in knowledge regarding aquatic ecosystems dynamics, the formulation of management strategies, and the importance of this field of study to future management of our nation's surface water resources, the WSI created the M.S. in Watershed Science degree program. Utilizing each of the three WSI research centers (CSL, HBS, and MARC) the M.S. in Watershed Science is organized as an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a unique approach to watershed science. The program is designed around teaching and research resources of the WSI and will utilize the region's extensive aquatic ecosystems.

The Watershed Studies Institute program in Watershed Science is an interdisciplinary master's program within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology designed to prepare students for careers or for further graduate studies in the broader aspects of watershed management and science. The thesis course of study allows students to concentrate on one of four tracks: Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Hydrological Spatial Analysis, or Watershed Conservation. The non-thesis course of study is designed to fit individual educational goals and may be focused on any aspect of watershed science. All students must complete a core curriculum and advanced courses in their areas of interest. During the first semester, students must work at the Chemical Services Laboratory, the Mid-America Remote sensing Center, or the Hancock Biological Station.

A brochure outlining the program can be downloaded here.


 

Requirements for Unconditional Admission

Applicants must meet all Murray State University requirements as stated in the Murray State University Graduate Bulletin. A faculty member must agree to mentor the student. Additional requirements for unconditional admission are as follows: Baccalaureate degree in Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, or closely related field. At least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Composite GRE score of at least 297.


Course Requirements

M.S. Watershed Science
Thesis Track Requirements
M.S. Watershed Science
Non-Thesis Track Requirements


Master in Watershed Science - Non-thesis track

 


Core Classes:

Course No. Course Name Hours
 
BIO/GSC 642 Watershed Ecology 3
BIO 696 Understanding Scientific Communication 2
CHE 613 Environmental Chemistry 3
GSC 665 Physical/Chemical Limnology 3
WSC 690 Seminar 1
BIO 669 Biological Limnology 3
CHE 665 Biogeochemistry 3
GSC 662 Hydrogeology 3
 
Total   21
 

Graduate courses in related fields (15 hrs, as determined by the advisory committee; at least eleven hours must be at the 600 level).

 
Total Course Requirements 36
 
Other Degree Requirements
  Successful completion of MAT 665: Applied Statistics I.
  Written comprehensive examination in broad aspects of watershed science (usually taken in 3rd semester of residence).
  Literature review on some aspect of watershed science, developed in collaboration with the faculty advisor. Successful written and oral presentation of the review counts as WSC 690.


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Master in Watershed Science - Thesis track

 


Core Classes:

Course No. Course Name Hours
 
BIO/GSC 642 Watershed Ecology 3
BIO 696 Understanding Scientific Communication 2
CHE 613 Environmental Chemistry 3
GSC 665 Physical/Chemical Limnology 3
WSC 690 Seminar 1
WSC 698-699 Thesis 6
 
Total   18

Graduate courses in related fields (18 hrs, as determined by the advisory committee; at least eight hours must be at the 600 level). Students will select remaining courses based on their specialization in the following four tracks: Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Hydrological Spatial Analysis, or Watershed Conservation. Accepted courses of study for each area are outlined below.

Aquatic Ecology
Courses should include two of the following:
BIO 646 Stream Ecology
BIO 648 Wetland Ecology
BIO 686 Limnology
BIO 688 Reservoir Ecology
BIO 669 Biological Limnology
BIO 670 Limnological Analysis Laboratory
CHE 665 Biogeochemistry
GSC 662 Hydrogeology
 
and
 
one of the following:
BIO 661 Freshwater Invertebrates
BIO 663 Aquatic Entomology
BIO 670 Ichthyology
BIO 672 Herpetology
 
and
 
one of the following:
BIO 630 Animal Ecology
BIO 631 Plant Ecology
BIO 632 Quantitative Ecology
BIO 682 Waterfowl Management
BIO 683 Fisheries Management
 
Environmental Chemistry
Courses should include the following:
CHE 617 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHE 627 Chemical Separations
CHE 628 Mass Spectrometry
CHE 665 Biogeochemistry
 
Hydrological Spatial Analysis
Courses should include at least one of the following:
BIO 669 Biological Limnology
BIO 670 Limnological Analysis Laboratory
GSC 662 Hydrogeology
 
and
 
at least three of the following:
CET 685 Remediation Technology
GSC 612 Remote Sensing
GSC 621 Geographic Information Systems
GSC 640 Advanced Remote Sensing
GSC 641 Digital Image Processing Research
GSC 680 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
 
Watershed Conservation
Courses should include two of the following:
BIO 646 Stream Ecology
BIO 648 Wetland Ecology
BIO 669 Biological Limnology
BIO 670 Limnological Analysis Laboratory
BIO 686 Limnology
BIO 688 Reservoir Ecology
CHE 665 Biogeochemistry
GSC 662 Hydrogeology
 
and
 
three of the following:
AGR 674 Agricultural Irrigation and Water Systems
BIO 678 Conservation Biology
BIO 682 Waterfowl Management
BIO 683 Fisheries Management
CET 655 Environmental Regulatory Affairs
CET 681 Pollution Assessment and Control
CET 685 Remediation Technology
 
Total Course Requirements 36
 
Other Degree Requirements
  Successful completion of MAT 665: Applied Statistics I.
  Written and oral comprehensive examination, as specified by the advisory committee in broad aspects of watershed science and area of concentration (usually taken in 3rd semester of residence).
  Defense of thesis.


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