Environmental problems are among the most urgent issues facing our civilization. In order to manage Earth's environment well, we must understand the processes that shape its surface; control its air, water and soil chemistry; and produce the biological and other resources upon which humans depend. We must also understand the interactions of animals, plants, and other living organisms with their physical and chemical environments.
The Master of Science in Environmental Science and Biology is a demanding, thesis-based experience. The curriculum is designed to challenge students to think critically, independently, and creatively, while providing the intellectual depth and breadth necessary to support the research formally developed in the thesis proposal. The curriculum, with a common core and an individual course of study, allows graduate candidates to develop the conceptual knowledge and technical skills necessary to understand and solve environmental problems in ecology, chemistry, and the earth sciences. The fields of study encompassed by the program include:
Graduates in environmental science and biology have been very successful in gaining admission to doctoral programs or finding professional employment in their chosen field.
Each student pursuing the MS is supervised by a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and Biology or by an "associate" faculty member from the Departments of the Earth Sciences or Chemistry. At the time of the production of the Catalog, faculty outside of the Department of Environmental Science and Biology supervising students in this program include Mark Noll, Jim Zollweg, and Paul Richards.
The thesis advisor monitors the student's academic progress and is responsible for directing the student's academic program, including the thesis proposal, oral comprehensive examination, thesis project, and thesis defense. Whether or not the applicant can be accepted will depend on his or her credentials and intended area of specialization, and the ability of a faculty member to accept a new MS advisee. Before a student is admitted to the MS program in environmental science and biology, a faculty member must be willing to serve as the student's thesis advisor. More detailed information on the program may be found in The Graduate Handbook.
For more information about applying for graduate study at The College at Brockport, please contact the Graduate School.
The MS program in environmental science and biology is designed so that the student can complete all coursework in two years. The program requires a minimum of 30 credits.
Notes: ENV 705 (Graduate Research Seminar) is taken twice in two separate semesters during the first four semesters after matriculation for a total of two credits. ENV 704 (Thesis) is taken in the second, third or fourth semester after matriculation for one to six credits.
The remaining elective credits are selected according to the student's research interests and are documented in the student's Plan of Study. As of the production of this catalog, appropriate graduate-level elective courses offered at Brockport are expected to include:
Other courses may be approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee.
Kathryn L Amatangelo Ph.D
Deborah A Dilker BS
(SUNY Empire State College)
Andrea Graham BS
(Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus)
Instructional Support Associate
James M Haynes Ph.D
(University Of Minnesota-Twin Cities)
Ely Kosnicki Ph.D
(University Of Missouri-Columbia)
Theodore Lewis MS
Bradley M Mudrzynski MS
Research Scientist/Adjunct Lecturer
Christopher J Norment Ph.D
(University Of Kansas Main Campus)
Professor and Chair
Mitchell Owens BA
(University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At)
Jon M Podoliak BS
Jacques J Rinchard Ph.D
(University of Namur)
Douglas A Wilcox Ph.D
(Purdue University-Main Campus)
E. I. Prof. of Wetland Science
Clayton J Williams Ph.D
(Florida International University)
Whitney J Autin Ph.D
(Louisiana State University + Agricultural + Mechan)
Stephen Jessup Ph.D
Lauri A Kifer AAS
(Monroe Community College)
Leigh J Little Ph.D
(Arizona State University At The Tempe Campus)
Judy Massare Ph.D
(Johns Hopkins University)
Thomas M McDermott BS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Mark R Noll Ph.D
(University Of Delaware)
Paul Richards Ph.D
(Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus)
Scott M Rochette Ph.D
(Saint Louis University-Main Campus)
Robert S Weinbeck Ph.D
(Iowa State University)
James A Zollweg Ph.D
Associate Professor and Chair