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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Master of Science Program

Program Code: MS-NS

Major Code: GLS

HEGIS 0420

Great Lakes Center
Kelly M. Frothingham, Program Coordinator
Alexander Y Karatayev, Great Lakes Center Director
Science and Mathematics Complex 319
(716) 878-4329

The master of science in Great Lakes ecosystem science program combines coursework in environmental science with communication and project management classes and an internship experience. The M.S. program is designed to meet the needs of industry, consulting firms, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies, preparing graduates for leadership roles as they address a wide range of problems and issues related to the management of resources within the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree in a science (e.g., chemistry, biology, geography, geology, earth science, environmental science) or math discipline from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
  3. An official transcript of the applicant's undergraduate program, giving evidence of satisfactory completion of college science and mathematics courses. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have introductory college coursework in chemistry, biology, geography, geology, and mathematics/statistics. The absence of any of this coursework may be regarded as a deficiency and students may be required to complete this recommended coursework before graduation.
  4. Two letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's academic qualifications. It is highly desirable to have at least one letter of recommendation from a professor with whom the applicant has done coursework or projects.
  5. A written statement of the applicant's academic background, academic and career plans, and area(s) of research interest. Applicants interested in completing a thesis must identify one or more potential faculty advisors with whom they are interested in working on their thesis research. This information should be included in the applicant’s written statement. A list of GLES faculty participants can be found here: https://greatlakescenter.buffalostate.edu/education/gles-faculty/gles-faculty. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors prior to submitting their applications.
  6. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (11 cr)

GLC 535 Great Lakes Ecosystem Science


GLC 600 Great Lakes Seminar*


BIO 670 Biological Data Analysis

(or equivalent quantitative data analysis course)


Select one of the following:


GEG 525 Fundamentals of GIS


GEG 528 Environmental Assessment and Planning Applications


GEG 529 Advanced Topics in GIS


* GLC 600 is taken two times

Required Business Communication and Project Management Courses (6 cr)

Project Management (3 cr)

Select one of the following:


PSM 601 Project Management for Math and Science Professionals


MET 620 Managing Engineering Projects


Communication (3 cr)

Select one of the following:


PSM 602 Communication Strategies for Math and Science Professionals


COM 519 Communication for Managers and Leaders


COM 610 Strategic Public Relations


Required Internship (3 cr)

GLC 688 Internship


Elective Courses (12 cr)

Appropriate biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and geography and planning courses selected by advisement.

Total Required Credits Hours (32 cr)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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