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At Florida Tech, passion doesn't end with a Bachelor's Degree.

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Master of Science in Environmental Science

The master's in environmental science at Florida Tech prepares graduates for career opportunities and advanced academic studies in the use, control and preservation of environmental resources. Because today's increasingly complex technological society has placed new demands on the understanding of human interaction with the environment, the need has never been greater for highly skilled scientists to develop data and information to help decision makers craft policies on the use and protection of our natural environment.

Florida Tech's environmental science program provides a thorough background in the biological and chemical fundamentals of natural environmental systems with specific areas of emphasis related to:

  • Water and air resources 
  • Water and wastewater treatment 
  • Hazardous and toxic materials 
  • Nuclear wastes

Graduates with a master's in environmental science are the scientists and problem solvers who lead collaborative teams from consulting firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations to solve today's environmental issues.

Experienced Respected Faculty

Small class sizes provide students with close mentorship and support from professors. Students experience an interdisciplinary approach in the master's in environmental science program with interaction from science, mathematics and engineering faculty. Focused on providing students with a well-rounded background, professors prepare graduates to meet the needs of future employers. Florida Tech professors also receive high praise from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

Hands On Learning Experience

Learning extends far beyond classroom study into fieldwork where students work collaboratively to develop and research their theories and applications in local wetlands and coastal environments. Students have access to numerous research labs, centers and institutes as well as a fleet of aircraft and ocean vessels for hands-on data collection and analysis.

Research

As a leading research university, graduate students seeking a master's in environmental science pursue research topics that align with their career goals. During their time at Florida Tech, students research and develop a thesis in conjunction with faculty and industry experts, resulting in a peer-reviewed publication. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to engage in studies that make a contribution to the field. Other ways students get involved in the field is through the Student Organization for Sustainability Action, Florida Tech Environmental Club and internships.

High Tech Facilities

One reason Florida Tech is considered one of the top environmental science schools is the high-tech F. W. Olin Life Sciences Building, a teaching and research laboratory that includes an aquaculture facility, climate change institute and research labs. The four-acre Vero Beach Marine Laboratory and Ralph S. Evinrude Marine Operations Center give students and faculty direct access to the Indian River Lagoon. The Center for Remote Sensing is a collaborative center between college of engineering, science and aeronautics faculty that encourages excellence in the development and application of remote sensing science and technology.

Careers

Graduates with a master's in environmental science work for a variety of organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental and wildlife agencies, solid waste management, law firms, Greenpeace and the National Wildlife Federation.