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Degrees in the Environmental Sciences are administered through the Department of Environmental Sciences. The undergraduate curriculum provides students with the academic preparation necessary to pursue graduate studies and/or careers related to natural resources and the environment. With our emphasis on responsible stewardship, core courses focused on modular teaching and key skill development (such as Environmental Methods and Statistics), and a flexible curriculum that allows both breadth and focus, the undergraduate degree now stands alone in the DFW Metroplex.


At the graduate level, the MS and MA degrees offer students both a systematic, integrated approach to the study of natural resources and rigorous training in specific fields of study. These include environmental compliance and law, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, conservation biology, and ecosystem management. Through course work, research, and fieldwork, all graduates of the Institute develop the scientific understanding, theoretical perspectives, and professional skills needed to become effective and innovative administrators, policymakers, resource managers, landscape architects, researchers, or educators, all of whom play a significant role in shaping the future and solving critical environmental problems.

Professional Degree

We also offer the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) with the Neeley School of Business, the only two-year professional degree of its kind in the region. This degree is designed to equip students with the skills needed to bridge the gaps between science, business, NGOs, and government, and for those individuals who plan to enter or re-enter the workforce upon graduation. The degree plan requires coursework in both the natural sciences and business, with a particular focus on the relationship among science, management, and policy. The new program provides students much needed professional experience and will enable them to find employment with government agencies (regional, state, and federal), corporations, non-profit organizations, and environmental consulting firms in areas ranging from environmental policy and analysis, stewardship, education, or management dealing with natural resource issues.