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Environmental Science M.S.

Earn a Coveted Degree and Protect Our Natural Resources

As the world's population grows, the rate of ecological damage increases, prompting the need for more qualified professionals with the advanced analytical, technological and research skills needed to protect our environment. University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Science Master of Science will give you the essential training to meet this need and become a sought-after professional in the field. You will gain the opportunity to build upon your pre-existing knowledge and experience as well as learn cutting-edge concepts through rigorous scientific research. You will learn how to preserve natural resources and control biological, chemical and physical agents. Upon graduation, you will be a leader who can create the strategies that can help prevent environmental hazards for humans and other living organisms. 

With a master’s degree in environmental science, you can refine your skills in helping businesses and organizations prevent further environmental damage. UHCL graduates have interned or found lucrative careers at renowned companies like Clean Harbors, ExxonMobil, BP, Honda, Amazon and Anheuser Busch. Positions range from environmental consultants and officers to water quality scientists and climatologists.

Select a Specialization to Suit Your Interests

Choose between in-person or online courses for the Environmental Science M.S. to best accommodate your schedule. With the in-person option, you must choose one of the following specializations to complete the program:

With the in-person option, you will enjoy instruction by academically advanced professors who are certified in environmental science. You will also benefit from real-world experience, further preparing you for a rewarding career after graduation.

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Admission Requirements

UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.

  • Environmental Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline
    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline
  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE optional but encouraged to submit to support application if GPA <3.0.
      • Target scores minimum 290 total (150 on Quant)
    • Foundation courses (C or better): Calculus I, Organic Chemistry 1/Lab, Statistics, Physics I and II/Labs
    • Bachelor Degree in Natural Science or other degree if background includes at least 34 hours of Natural Science and 6 hours of Math

Degree Requirements

Get ready to calculate the course load for your education at University of Houston-Clear Lake! Learn more about the courses required to succeed here in the College of Science and Engineering.

Environmental Science, M.S.

Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Deadline - May 1

  • Spring

    Deadline - October 1

  • Summer*

    Deadline - April 1

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


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Environmental Science M.S. Faculty

George Guillen
George Guillen

George Guillen

Professor of Environmental Science and Biology and Executive Director: Environmental Institute of Houston ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3949
Office: N116

George Guillen Faculty Bio

Cindy Howard
Cynthia Howard

Cynthia L. Howard

Department Chair of Environmental Sciences and Professor of Biology and Environmental Science ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3745
Office: 3525-12

Cynthia L. Howard Faculty Bio

Daniel Imrecke
Daniel Imrecke

Daniel Imrecke

Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Science,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3766
Office: B3531-2

Daniel Imrecke Faculty Bio

Marc Mokrech

Marc Mokrech

GIS Lecturer ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3960
Office: N128

Marc Mokrech Faculty Bio

Sachiyo Mukherji

Sachiyo Mukherji

Lecturer of Environmental Chemistry,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3789
Office: B3237

Sachiyo Mukherji Faculty Bio

Dongmin Sun
Dongmin Sun

Dongmin Sun

Professor of Environmental Science and Geology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3787
Office: B3525-10

Dongmin Sun Faculty Bio

Carl Zhang
Chunlong Zhang

Chunlong (Carl) Zhang

Program Chair of Environmental Science and Professor of Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3746
Office: B3531

Chunlong (Carl) Zhang Faculty Bio