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Graduation Requirements

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The Degree Requirements

As of the 2017-2018 course catalog, the Master of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies degree requires a minimum of 38 credit hours. Please visit the course catalog system for all previous years' requirements.

Each student is required to complete a sequence of core courses. Students select electives from a range of approved courses, according to their area of interest. All students are required to complete either a thesis or an academic internship in order to fulfill the degree requirements.

Thesis Checklist (for full-time MES students)

thesis checklist

Academic Internship Checklist (for full-time MES students)

internship checklist

Core Courses

Students are required to take a minimum of 24 credit hours of core courses as outlined below. Students must complete a minimum of 14 credit hours of approved electives.

Environmental Studies
EVSS 611 3 hours Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies (Fall or Spring)
EVSS 659 3 hours Environmental Statistics
or EVSS 624 4 hours Biometry
and EVSS 632 3 hours        Social Science Methods for Environmental Studies
EVSS 602 3 hours Public Policy
and EVSS 601 3 hours Economic Theory for Policy Analysis
Natural Science**
EVSS 610 3 hours Environmental Biology
or EVSS 631 4 hours Pollution in the Environment
or EVSS 640 3 hours Earth Systems Science
or EVSS 650 3 hours Energy Production and Resource Management
Internship or Thesis
EVSS 690 6 hours Internship
or EVSS 691 6 horus Thesis

* As a prerequisite to the core course EVSS 659: Environmental Statistics (offered in the Spring), each student must either take MATH 250: Statistical Methods I (an undergraduate course offered by the College of Charleston) or an equivalent college level statistics course OR pass the MES entrance exam in Statistics.

** Students focusing on Environmental Science will want to take a science core course outside of their specific area of concentration.

Student Progress and Evaluation

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their course of study. Should a student's GPA fall below a 3.0, he or she will be placed on academic probation and given one semester in which to raise the average to the minimum.

MES students must achieve a minimum grade of "B" or better in five of the six core courses. Students may, with the approval of the Steering Committee, retake core courses in which they receive grades lower than "B." Failure to achieve the required grade upon retaking the course will usually result in dismissal from the program, as will a grade of less than a "C" in any course. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by the Steering Committee.

At the end of each semester, the student's record will be reviewed to determine whether he or she is making adequate progress toward the degree. Should a student fail to make adequate progress toward the degree, the Steering Committee may recommend termination from the program.

Requirements for the MES degree must be completed within five years from the matriculation date.