Program Director: Sonia M. Tiquia-Arashiro, Ph.D.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) is a two-year program designed for students who wish to pursue graduate study on a full or part-time basis so that they can balance professional and personal goals. Courses are primarily held in the evening and occasionally on Saturdays. With approximately 40 students enrolled, we stress personalized, individual attention to graduate student education and research. In-service teachers seeking a science-oriented M.S. degree are welcome.

The MSES program provides a choice between emphasizing the environmental aspects of biology, chemistry, or geology, or a more broadly focused approach involving courses in each of the above fields. Faculty and students are engaged in:

  • Brownfield investigation
  • Fate and transport of heavy metals
  • Spatial statistics and GIS
  • Stream geomorphology
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Marine and freshwater microbiology
  • Ecology of the Rouge River floodplain flora and fauna
  • Ecology of avian migration
  • Evolution and animal behavior
  • Analytical methods for environmental applications
  • Biomass conversion into useful commodity
  • Population genetic analyses of rare and declining species

The Department of Natural Sciences has extensive networked computing facilities, including scanners, digitizers and plotters, GIS and groundwater modeling software, GPS equipment, and labs for preparation and chemical analysis of environmental, biological and geological samples. We also have extensive mineralogic and paleontologic collections, as well as the Merritt Geode Collection, one of the finest in the world.