Environmental Science

Program Overview/Mission

Environmental Science is the study of how the parts of nature and human societies operate and interact. It is devoted to the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity for sustainable development, and the control of biological, chemical and physical agents in the environment (air, water, soil, and groundwater) to prevent adverse effects on human and other living organisms. 

  Environmental Science B.S.

The plan in Environmental Science leads to the bachelor of science degree. This plan seeks through an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for opportunities in the private sector and in governmental agencies where environmental issues are being addressed. Graduates of the plan will also be prepared to pursue further academic training in Environmental Science. Students may also prepare for the professional certification examinations in Industrial Hygiene and/or Safety.

  1. Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Biology
    The Environmental Biology Specialization prepares students to investigate, analyze, and determine solutions for environmental problems associated with natural populations and ecosystems, such as pollution, development and population growth. The curriculum provides opportunities for study in environmental toxicology, conservation biology and aquatic biology.

  2. Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Chemistry
    The Environmental Chemistry Specialization prepares students to acquire knowledge and skills in fate and transport studies, instrumentations, and pollution control technologies. The curriculum provides theories to hands-on practice in courses, including sampling and monitoring, air/water pollution, soil/groundwater remediation, and environmental chemodynamics. 

  3. Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Geology
    The Environmental Geology Specialization prepares students to recognize, investigate and analyze environmental problems associated with geology including groundwater. The curriculum is broad-based, including courses in remote sensing, ground water hydrology, wetlands and environmental geochemistry. 

  4. Environmental Science with specialization in Industrial Hygiene
    The Environmental Industrial Hygiene Specialization provides a broad academic background in the sciences with emphasis on health and safety applications.

  5. Environmental Science with specialization in Safety
    The Environmental Safety Specialization provides students with the skills and knowledge to recognize and control workplace safety hazards. This includes training using tested techniques while going beyond complying with applicable State, National, and Federal standards. The curriculum provides a broad academic background in the sciences with emphasis on safety applications.

Industrial Hygiene and Safety Accreditation Information

  Environmental Science M.S.

This plan is for Environmental Science M.S. students seeking the master's degree in either the face-to-face or the online format. For the face-to-face degree program, applicants must choose one of the five specializations when they apply.

  1. Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Environmental Biology
  2. Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Environmental Chemistry
  3. Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Environmental Geology
  4. Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Industrial Hygiene
  5. Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Safety 
  Environmental Science M.S. (Fully Online Option)

UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering provides a diverse and affordable solution to those seeking an online option for acquiring an M.S. in Environmental Science. This program merges both quality with convenience, and can be further focused into a health and safety track for those seeking a specialization. An M.S. in Environmental Science from UHCL will provide you with the comprehensive training and preparation necessary to excel as a leader and innovator in this emerging field.

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Accreditation Information

The Environmental Science-Safety B.S. and Environmental Science-Industrial Hygiene B.S. programs at University of Houston-Clear Lake are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) http://www.abet.org. As a result, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) officially recognizes the Environmental Science–Industrial Hygiene B.S. and Environmental Science–Safety B.S. programs as meeting the standards for participation in the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Program.

The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) officially recognizes the degree programs for Environmental Science–Industrial Hygiene B.S., Environmental Science–Safety B.S., Environmental Science-Industrial Hygiene M.S., Environmental Science-Safety M.S., and Environmental Science Occupational Health and Safety Online M.S. as meeting the requirements for Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) Designation.

Admission Requirements

  • Environmental Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on the applicant's last 60 hours of college credit is preferred, but a somewhat lower GPA may be accepted by some faculty committees, if the other criteria are favorable.
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (150 Quantitative)
    • A personal statement outlining academic background, academic and career goals, and declaration of a specialization under the Environmental Science degree plan. Two letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required.
    • Additional Requirements – At least 34 undergraduate credit hours of natural science courses and 6 undergraduate credit hours of math courses prior to admission

Program Faculty

Magdy Akladios
Magdy Akladios

Magdy Akladios

Department Chair of Physical and Applied Sciences and Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3744
Email: akladios@uhcl.edu
Office: STEM 2005

Faculty Bio

George Guillen
George Guillen

George Guillen

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

Contact number: 281-283-3950
Email: guillen@uhcl.edu
Office: N116

Faculty Bio

Cindy Howard
Cynthia Howard

Cynthia L. Howard

Program Chair of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biology and Environmental Science,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3745
Email: howardc@uhcl.edu
Office: 3525-12

Faculty Bio

Daniel Imrecke
Daniel Imrecke

Daniel Imrecke

Assistant Professor of Geology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3766
Email: imrecke@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531-2

Faculty Bio

Sachiyo Mukherji

Sachiyo Mukherji

Lecturer of Environmental Chemistry,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3789
Email: Mukherji@uhcl.edu
Office: B3237

Faculty Bio

Bob Phalen
Robert Phalen

Robert N. Phalen

Associate Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3753
Email: phalen@uhcl.edu
Office: STEM 2208

Faculty Bio

Richard Puzdrowski
Richard Puzdrowski

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr.

Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Cooperative Degree Program Advisor ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3750
Email: puzdrowski@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525- 4

Faculty Bio

Dongmin Sun
Dongmin Sun

Dongmin Sun

Professor of Environmental Science and Geology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3787
Email: sundon@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-10

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
Email: zhang@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531

Faculty Bio

Student Data and Outcomes

Industrial Hygiene and Safety Accreditation Information