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Environmental Science (M.S.)

Environmental Science (M.S.)



The Environmental Science (MS) program prepares students for a career as an environmental professional or for those wishing to enter a PhD program. The program is designed to meet the needs of students currently employed in the field, recently completing an undergraduate degree, or anyone interested in a career change.

Florida Gulf Coast University upholds a strong emphasis on environmental issues, and places a unique importance on environmental sustainability. Our Masters Program offers an integrated study of ecosystems (uplands, wetlands, estuaries and coastal systems), environmental education and public outreach. We offer small class size, hands on research activities and opportunities for professional development via attendance to professional conferences, and internship opportunities at various local, state and federal agencies.

The core of the program focuses on:

  • Understanding the science of ecology
  • Utilization of scientific methods
  • Application of the concept of sustainability.

Students demonstrate their acquisition of this knowledge and these skills through the completion of a thesis project.

Students in water

* NOTE: Although there are no concentrations, students are expected to pursue interests in:
  • Organismal ecology
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Marine science
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental policy and planning 

Student Profile

The student profile provides the interquartile ranges (25th - 75th percentiles) of the grade point average (GPA) and entrance exam scores for students admitted to the program. This information is intended to assist applicants in determining opportunities for admission.

Undergraduate GPA: 3.0-3.6

Graduate Record Exam:

GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011
  Verbal: 410-540
  Quantitative: 520-660

Revised GRE taken after August 1, 2011
  Verbal: 147-156
  Quantitative: 144-152