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    Feb 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Science and Policy, M.S.


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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:  http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 36
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 3.0104
Dept. Code: SGS
Major/College Codes: ESP AS
Approved: 1999

Contact Information

College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Geography, Environment and Planning

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE
  • Statement of interests, documenting capabilities, achievements, goals and intended area of academic and research concentration in the Department if admitted.
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s achievements, capabilities, and potential, including two persons qualified to judge the applicant’s academic performance.
  • Program may have additional requirements; check before applying. It is strongly recommended that the applicant contact the Department’s Graduate Director for guidance in applying to the M.S.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours:  36

Core – 6 Credit Hours
Additional required courses - 9 Credit Hours Minimum
Electives – 12 Credit Hours
Non-Thesis/Thesis – 9 Credit Hours

 

 

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)


Additional Required Courses (9 Credit Hours Minimum)


Applications/Tools: Students select one course whose primary objective is mastery of research tools or methods with applications to research in the environmental field, subject to the approval of the Graduate Director and the student’s Supervisory Committee. Courses that meet these criteria include:

 

Elective Requirements (12 Credit Hours)


Students complete 12 hours selected in the area of interest, in consultation with the major professor and supervisory committee. Students completing a Graduate Certificate may apply these hours toward the elective requirement, with approval.  Students may complete their electives from the following areas, or other area approved by the department:  Ecology, Environmental Policy and Management, Geology, Hydrogeology, Hazards Assessment and Migration, Urban Environment, Water Quality and Policy.

Research Requirements (9 Credit Hours)


The M.S. in ES&P is a research-oriented degree. Thesis track students complete a Thesis that constitutes an original scholarly contribution and is conducted under the direction of a Major Professor and a 3- member Faculty Supervisory Committee (of which the Major Professor serves as chair). Students should form their Supervisory Committee before completion of 18 credits of coursework, typically near the end of their first full year in the Major. Students complete a Thesis Proposal subject to approval of the Supervisory Committee typically early in the second year of studies. Students defend their Thesis in an oral presentation, and submit a written document for the approval of the Supervisory Committee, which is then submitted to the University as a requirement for earning the degree.

The research requirements include the following coursework, for a minimum total of 9 credit hours:

  1. Directed Research (Thesis Preparation, EVR (6920): Students complete at least 6 credit hours of thesis research under the direct supervision of their major professor, typically during the second year of studies. After completion of all Core and Elective requirements, students remain enrolled in at least 2 credit hours per semester of EVR 6920 until the completion and submittal of the Thesis which completes the requirements for the degree. Throughout this period students must work in close cooperation with their major professor and Supervisory Committee, and provide the Committee a summary of progress at least once per semester.
  2. Research Methods/Design Preparation: All students selecting the Thesis option will complete a research methods/design course (GEO 6970 Geographic Research Design  – Research Methods in Geography). Other courses may be substituted for this requirement with the permission of the student’s advisor and the Graduate Director.
  3. EVR 6930 Research Colloquium in Environmental Science and Policy  Credit(s): 1

Non-Thesis (9 Credit Hours)


In lieu of a thesis, students complete an additional 9 hours of electives. 

Thesis Option (9 Credit Hours)


The thesis option is designed for students who wish to complete original research as part of their graduate studies. The thesis option is a viable option for all students. Those intending to continue graduate work to the Ph.D. level are strongly encouraged to complete a thesis.

Thesis track students complete a Thesis that constitutes an original scholarly contribution and is conducted under the direction of a Major Professor and a three-member Faculty Supervisory Committee (of which the Major Professor serves as chair).  Students should form their Supervisory Committee before completion of 18 credits of coursework, typically near the end of their first full year in the Major. Students complete a Thesis Proposal subject to approval of the Supervisory Committee typically early in the second year of studies. Students defend their Thesis in an oral presentation, and submit a written document for the approval of the Supervisory Committee, which is then submitted to the University as a requirement for earning the degree.

 

  • Directed Research - 3 Credit Hours

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Thesis Preparation (3 Credit Hours)

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  • Students complete at least 6 credit hours of thesis research under the direct supervision of their major professor, typically during the second year of studies. After completion of all Core and Elective requirements, students remain enrolled in at least two (2) credit hours per semester of EVR 6934 Thesis Prep until the completion and submittal of the Thesis, which completes the requirements for the degree. Throughout this period students must work in close cooperation with their major professor and Supervisory Committee, and provide the Committee a summary of progress at least once per semester.

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  • Research Methods/Design Preparation- 3 credit hours

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • All students selecting the Thesis option will complete a research methods/design course. Other courses may be substituted for this requirement with the permission of the student’s advisor and the Graduate Director.

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  • Research Colloquium - 1 Credit Hour

  • Credit Hours: 1
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  • Thesis - 2 Credit Hours Minimum

  • Credit Hours: 2-19

Comprehensive Examination


The Exam can be completed only during the spring and fall Semesters.  Students are encouraged to complete the Exam during the last semester of their coursework.

Thesis students are required to present his/her thesis research at a public thesis defense. As part of the thesis defense, an oral comprehensive exam is also administered. The defense and oral exam is scheduled and organized by the student’s major professor, in consultation with the student’s Supervisory Committee and the Graduate Director. As part of this process, a Presentations Form (available in the department office) needs to be completed one week prior to the defense date.  A copy of the thesis must be made available in the department office one week prior to the defense for public review.

Non-thesis students are required to complete a six-hour long, written, open book, comprehensive exam, which typically consists of series of questions that are prepared by the examination committee. Except in circumstances where other arrangements have been made, the Graduate Director at the time of the exam serves as chair (or major professor). The exam must be completed no later than one semester after the student completes the coursework for the degree.

All non-thesis examinations will be scheduled for the same day each semester (i.e. all students will sit for the exam at the same time), the date being set by the Graduate Director. Students must coordinate with their major professors when they will take the exam.   The answers to the questions are evaluated by the by the Examination Committee within two weeks of the exam. If the answer to any question is determined to be incorrect or incomplete, the student may be required to retake that portion of the exam in the form of an oral exam that is only open to the committee. Students are encouraged to complete the oral exam in the same semester they completed the first written exam.

If the student fails all portions of the exam, they will have one opportunity to retake the entire exam. This second exam must be completed no later than the semester after the student receives notification that a second exam is necessary. If it is determined that the student did not successfully complete his/her comprehensive exam after their second attempt, he/she will be dismissed from the Major.

 

Thesis Option:


  1. The student is required to present his/her thesis research at a public thesis defense.
  2. As part of the thesis defense, an oral comprehensive exam is also administered. The defense and oral exam is scheduled and organized by the student’s major professor, in consultation with the student’s Supervisory Committee and the Graduate Director. As part of this process, a Presentations Form (available in the department office) needs to be completed one week prior to the defense date.
  3. The exam can be completed only during the spring and fall Semesters.
  4. A copy of the thesis must be made available in the department office one week prior to the defense for public review.

Non-Thesis Option:


  1. The examining committee will be comprised of the student’s Supervisory Committee.
  2. Non-thesis students are required to complete a six-hour long, written, closed book, comprehensive exam, which typically consists of series of questions that are prepared by the examination committee. Students are not allowed any outside materials during the exam, which is to be hand-written on paper supplied by the examination committee.
  3. The exam can be completed during the spring or fall semesters, but not during the summer.
  4. Students are encouraged to complete the exam during the last semester of their coursework. The exam must be completed no later than one semester after the student completes the coursework for the degree. You must be registered for two credits in that semester in the semester that the exam is completed.
  5. All non-thesis examinations will be scheduled for the same day each semester (i.e. all students will sit for the exam at the same time), the date being set by the Graduate Director. Students must coordinate with their major professors when they will take the exam.
  6. Questions are solicited and organized by the student’s major professor in consultation with the student’s examination committee.
  7. The answers to the questions are evaluated by the student’s Supervisory Committee within two weeks of the exam.
  8. If the answer to any question is determined to be incorrect or incomplete, the student may be required to retake that portion of the exam in the form of an oral exam that is only open to the committee. Students are encouraged to complete the oral exam in the same semester they completed the first written exam.
  9. If the student fails all portions of the exam, they will have one opportunity to retake the entire exam. This second exam must be completed no later than the semester after the student receives notification that a second exam is necessary.
  10. If it is determined that the student did not successfully complete his/her comprehensive exam after their second attempt, he/she will be dismissed from the Major.

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