Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Environmental Toxicology (Non-Thesis Option), Master of Science

Admission Criteria

Applicants must present Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (combined verbal and quantitative) which are considered along with the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average  that must be at least 2.75 overall or for the last sixty (60) hours.  In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the socioeconomic background of applicants will be considered in the admission process.

  1. Economic status of family when applicant attended elementary, secondary, and undergraduate school.
  2. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend undergraduate school.
  3. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend graduate or professional school.
  4. Applicant is multilingual.
  5. Applicant’s employment while attending undergraduate school.
  6. Applicant’s role in helping rear other children in family.
  7. Applicant’s geographic residence in Texas at time of application.
  8. Geographic region wherein applicant’s high school is located.
  9. Applicant’s demonstration of performance in community activities.
  10. Applicant’s demonstration of commitment to a particular field of study.
  11. The presence of role models with comparable graduate school training in the applicant’s region of residence.
  12. The applicant’s performance during a personal interview.

The applicants are expected to present evidence of having completed the following courses with the indicated total semester credit hours (in parentheses):

General Chemistry w/laboratory8
General Organic Chemistry w/laboratory8
Biology w/laboratory8
Total Hours36

Degree Requirements

Non-Thesis Track

The requirements for the Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology, non-thesis track, are summarized below:

  1. Satisfactory performance on the Qualifying Examination.
  2. Completion of a total of thirty-six (36) semester credit hours of graduate level credits. A minimum of nine (9) of these credit hours must be in core courses. A total of twenty-seven (27) credit hours of electives must be taken.
  3. Completion and presentation (through an oral defense) of a full review (paper) of an Environmental Toxicology issue to a committee composed of members of the environmental toxicology faculty.
  4. Fulfillment of general requirements for graduation as outlined by the Graduate School (See the General Information Section of this bulletin).

Admission to Candidacy

Master’s degree students will achieve candidacy after passing the qualifying examination, the English proficiency examination, and course work requirements.

Review of an Environmental Toxicology Issue

Students pursuing the master’s degree in the non-thesis track must write and present paper based on an approved problem in environmental toxicology. The presentation of the paper will be made before a committee composed of members of the Environmental Toxicology faculty.

Core Courses

Choose 9 credit hours from the following:

ES 701Principles of Toxicology3
ES 702Environmental Toxicology I3
ES 703Environmental Science3
ES 704Aquatic Resources & Pollution3
ES 705Environmental Policy & MGMT3
ES 707Ground Water Contamination3
ES 902Environmental Toxicology II3
ES 906Environmental Geology3
ES 908Sample Analysis3
ES 910Reproductive Toxicology3
ES 913Adv Simulation Modeling3
ES 929Toxicology III3
ES 931Ethics3


Choose 27 credit hours from the following:

ES 711Air Pollution3
ES 718Special Topics Environ Tox3
ES 720GIS for Environmental Sciences3
ES 730Introduction to Remote Sensing Image Processing3
ES 909Sample Analysis Labortory3
ES 912Neurotoxicology3
ES 914Modeling Laboratory3
ES 915Adv Physical Chemistry3
ES 916Chemistry of Natural Products3
ES 919Special Topics3
ES 920Special Topics3
ES 921Sem in Envir Toxicology2
ES 922Sem in Envir Toxicology2
ES 923Sem in Envir Toxicology2
ES 927Biomedical Statistics3
ES 930Biochemistry3
ES 933Mutagensis Carcinogensis3
ES 934Molecular Basis of Gene Action3
ES 935Stat Aspects of Risk Assessmen3
ES 936Occ & Environ Epidemiology3