MS in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science, M.S.

The Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science prepares students for environmental science research, doctoral study, community college teaching, and technical positions in universities, industry, or governmental agencies. The degree offers four options: Environmental Biology, Environmental Engineering Science, Environmental Hydrology, and Geospatial Sciences. The Environmental Biology Option emphasizes basic research into such areas as conservation, pollution, and global change. Environmental Engineering Science Option treats similar issues (i.e., air, soil, and water pollution and sustainability) from the perspective of engineering solutions. The Environmental Hydrology Option emphasizes fundamental problems of the hydrologic cycle, including water pollution issues, wetlands and watershed hydrology, and hydrologic modeling. The Geospatial Sciences option emphasizes both theoretical and analytical skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing data processing.

The Degree Offers Two Training Experiences

The Professional Experience is designed for students who want to conclude graduate studies with a master’s degree and immediately seek employment in government agencies or industry.
The Research Experience is designed for students who want to continue on to a doctoral program for further preparation for work in academia, agencies or industry.

For more details of the program requirements, please click here.

Professional Track Students might consider internship opportunities at the following organizations:

National Park Service
Cal Parks
The Bay Foundation
Heal the Bay
Santa Monica Mountains Resource Conservation District
Regional Water Quality Control Board

For more information, please contact:

Program Coordinator & Env-Hydrology Advisor: Dr. Andre Ellis (

Env-Biology Advisor: Dr. Kirsten Fisher (

Env-Engineering Advisor: Dr. Gustavo Menezes (