Jun 25, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

P.S.M., Environmental Informatics Concentration


Population growth, pollution, and limited natural resources, result in increasingly topical environmental issues. The Professional Science Master’s with a concentration in Environmental Informatics degree program effectively prepares you for a career dedicated to sustaining Earth’s resources for future generations.

Environmental Informatics combines existing courses in the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, Agricultural and Human Sciences, and Engineering to effectively produce a new and essential degree. Currently, the business core courses are offered online and on campus through TTU’s MBA program.

Environmental Informatics will also use an interdisciplinary approach of course delivery by incorporating faculty from the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering.

There are increasing numbers of career opportunities for professionals with this degree. Environmental scientists and technicians are required to meet increasing demands placed on companies as worldwide awareness of environmentalism increases. Statistics show many professionals in this field will soon be retiring, leaving space for the next generation of environmentalists.

The program is designed for graduates of approved natural resources undergraduate programs (e.g., environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, geology, environmental agriculture, environmental management, etc.).

Admission Requirements


  • Undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline* with GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; [OR] a total score of at least 300 on verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE® General Test along with a score of at least 3.5 score on the analytical writing portion of the test.
  • Official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges or universities
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with the academic ability of the applicant.
  • International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing test results on one (1) of the following:

                     ◦ TOEFL –  550 minimum (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based)
                     ◦ IELTS – minimum base score of 6.0

*Applicants that have baccalaureate degrees in a closely related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted to full standing upon completion of identified background courses.

Fast-Track in Environmental Informatics


Fast-Track Professional Science Master’s Degree in Environmental Informatics

This will allow selected undergraduates to enroll for up to six (6) hours of graduate courses prior to formal admission to the P.S.M., Environmental Informatics program. The courses taken during the student’s junior/senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Participation does not change the requirements for either the undergraduate or graduate program in Environmental Informatics. Once admitted to this program, the student will be allowed to enroll in appropriate courses in the junior or senior year with the consent of the student’s undergraduate advisor and the Director of the P.S.M. program. Courses completed at the Graduate Level are only guaranteed to apply to the completion of the P.S.M. Environmental Informatics program.

Admission to Fast-Track

Minimum requirements for admission are:

  • Applicant must be earning a baccalaureate degree in a related field, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • Recommendation of a faculty member in the student’s major
  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Program participants should consult with their future P.S.M. advisor regarding appropriate graduate courses to take during their junior/senior year.
  • The student must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to their P.S.M program of study.
  • All requirements for full admission to Graduate School must be met upon undergraduate graduation.  Students in the Fast-Track program must still apply for admission to the Graduate School and meeting Fast-Track requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to the PSM-Environmental Informatics degree program.
  • Students who do not succeed in their first graduate course (B grade or better) will be advised to withdraw from the Fast Track program and complete their B.S. degree in a normal manner.

Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Professional Science Master’s, Environmental Informatics Fast Track program. Students who meet the above minimum requirements must consult with the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the School of Environmental Studies for eligibility and acceptance.

Degree Requirements


Curriculum


Background Courses


 A student may take a pre-test to test out of these courses or may gain approval through the program’s GIS faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Required Business Courses


These courses, taught online and on campus via TTU’s MBA program, are available to any PSM student. The prerequisites will be met through College of Business course modules that can be taken at the student’s own pace and be completed within a month, a week, or a weekend.

Total Credit Hours: 33


Course Substitutions


Course Substitutions are allowed upon approval of the graduate advisory committee, department chair/director, and dean of the college.