This master's program meets the increasing need for trained environmental professionals who can address the problems of land and water management, land use and urbanization, wetland loss, microbial ecology, bioremediation, conservation biology, and ecosystem preservation. These professionals will also contribute to the analysis and resolution of global problems, such as deforestation, insufficient world food supplies, acid deposition, population growth and public health, global climate change/warming, and depletion of the stratospheric ozone. Areas of specific departmental focus include ecosystems; conservation; environmental biocomplexity; molecular ecology; sustainability science; environmental policy and management; and human/environmental interactions.

Environmental problems are defined in the real world and do not necessarily conform to traditional academic disciplines. As such, solutions require creative combinations of diverse interests and subjects. Effective training requires rigorous, problem-focused interdisciplinary action in a setting in which research is an essential element supporting instruction.

This has been designated a Green Leaf program.

Concentrations

The following concentrations are available in the master's program:

  • Aquatic Ecology (AQEC)
  • Conservation Science and Policy (COSP)
  • Earth Surface Processes and Environmental Geochemistry (ESEG)
  • Environmental Biocomplexity (EVBC)
  • Environmental Science and Policy (EVSP)
  • Environmental Science Communication (ESCM)
  • Environmental Management (EVMG)

Admissions

University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog. Additionally, information on the admission of international students can be found in the Admission of International Students section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Eligibility

Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a GPA of 3.00 in natural or Earth sciences, engineering, resource planning, environmental studies, or a field that leads to an environmental focus.

Applicants should have taken at least two semesters of chemistry and three semesters of biology, including a course in ecology. Applicants who lack this coursework should contact the graduate coordinator's office for advice. Successful completion of a two-semester sequence of introductory graduate-level environmental chemistry and biology courses can be used to satisfy the biology and chemistry prerequisites for admission. These introductory courses would be in addition to the requirements for the degree.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Completed George Mason University George Mason University Admissions Application.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a former professor or, if not available, from someone with a PhD.
  • The aptitude portion of the GRE is required. Successful applicants usually have achieved a minimum score of 235/336 (70%) for verbal and quantitative combined.
  • Statement of interest indicating: desired concentration, potential areas of environmental focus/research interest, interactions with potential faculty advisors, and career goals.
  • Contact a potential George Mason faculty advisor (appropriate for research interests). An endorsement letter from the potential advisor1 must be sent to the Department of Environmental Science and Policy's graduate office; the availability of an advisor in the student's area of interest is a prerequisite for admission.
1

This endorsement letter is not required for students in the Environmental Management Concentration.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Course Selections

Some program requirements may be fulfilled by completing courses from a variety of academic units at Mason. A student's course selection should reflect a coherent individual program focus, which is stated and briefly described in the program of study. Course selections should also support the research component of the student's degree program (if applicable) and should be developed in close consultation with the supervisory committee. The supervisory committee approves a coursework program (the program of study) individually for each student.

In special cases, the graduate program director may permit the substitution of an alternative course in place of a required one.

Supervisory Committee

Students must form a supervisory committee1 and submit a program of study to the graduate coordinator for approval within the first 9 credits of coursework or by the end of the second semester, whichever comes first.

The supervisory committee consists of the advisor and at least two other members, chosen in consultation with the advisor, and must conform to AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

1

Students choosing the EVMG concentration are not required to form a supervisory committee.

Banner Code: SC-MS-EVSP

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 33 or 37

Students should refer to Admissions & Policies for specific policies related to this program.

Students in the AQEC, COSP, ESEG, EVBC, ESCM and EVSP concentrations will complete the concentration's requirements, the research requirement, the seminar requirement, and electives as outlined below (for a total of 33 credits).

Students in the EVMG concentration will complete the concentration's requirements as outlined in the concentration's section below (for a total of 37 credits).

Aquatic Ecology Concentration (AQEC)

This concentration will provide students with a well-grounded master's in the study of aquatic environments such as lakes, streams, watersheds, and estuaries. Emphasis is placed on food webs, biogeochemical cycles, water quality, habitat characteristics, and life histories of aquatic organisms. Students will become proficient with research tools including literature review, field and laboratory methods, and analytical tools as well as applications to management issues.

Aquatic Science

EVPP 550Waterscape Ecology and Management3
EVPP 581Estuarine and Coastal Ecology3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Marine Conservation
The Diversity of Fishes
Coastal Morphology and Processes
Environmental Science and Public Policy
Microbial Ecology
Freshwater Ecology
Wetland Ecology and Management
Population Ecology
The Hydrosphere
Advanced Topics in Environmental Science and Public Policy
Environmental Toxicology
Physical Oceanography
Total Credits12

Public Policy

Select from courses in environmental law, human ecology, environmental ethics, environmental conflict resolution, environmental planning, or public affairs.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Marine Conservation
Introduction to Environmental Social Science 1
The Challenge of Biodiversity
Translating Environmental Policy into Action
Environment and Society
Environmental Policy
Environmental Law
Environmental Planning and Administration
Advanced Topics in Environmental Science and Public Policy
Total Credits6
1

Required for those with limited coursework in the social sciences. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Aquatic Methods

Select from statistics, research design, multivariate data analysis, geographic information systems, lab and field classes.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Lab in Waterscape Ecology
Estuarine and Coastal Ecology Laboratory
Molecular Environmental Biology II
Wetland Ecology Lab and Field
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling
Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science
Physical Oceanography
Introduction to Computational Social Science
Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions
Geographic Information Analysis
Problem Solving and Data Analysis I
Problem Solving and Data Analysis II
Statistical Reasoning
Total Credits6

Additional Requirements

See Additional Requirements below for details on the research requirement, the seminar requirement, and elective.

Conservation Science and Policy Concentration (COSP)

This concentration is designed to foster an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree focusing on the conservation of threatened species and habitats, integrating biological sciences and the human dimensions of conservation practice.

Students may take courses offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and other departments, including CONS courses which are offered through the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation. This unique partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia offers students hands-on education in cutting-edge conservation science and human dimensions through residential, intensive classes. SCBI is renowned for its conservation research and training of conservation practitioners around the world and instructors for these classes are drawn from SCBI's conservation scientists and other experts from around the world.

Conservation Science

Select at least 6 credits of conservation science courses. Suggested courses include:6
Conservation Biology
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Field Course
Tropical Ecosystems
Waterscape Ecology and Management
Fundamentals of Ecology 1
Overview of Biodiversity Conservation
Species Monitoring Conservation 2
Total Credits6
1

Required for those without previous coursework in ecology. Can be included within the 6 credits.

2

Variable topics, may be taken more than once if the topic is different.

Conservation Policy and Human Dimensions of Conservation

Select from the following courses in conservation policy or social science courses.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Marine Conservation
Global Biodiversity Governance
Introduction to Environmental Social Science 1
Management of Wild Living Resources
Environmental Policy
Microbial Ecology
Effective Conservation Leadership
Conservation Conflict Resolution
Total Credits6
1

Required for those with limited coursework in the social sciences. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Conservation Methods

Select at least 6 credits in relevant experimental methods, statistics, or conservation techniques courses. Suggested courses include:6
Lab in Waterscape Ecology
Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis Remote Sensing for Conservation
Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology
Total Credits6

Additional Requirements

See Additional Requirements below for details on the research requirement, the seminar requirement, and electives.

Earth Surface Processes and Environmental Geochemistry Concentration (ESEG)

This concentration offers a specific research focus in the Earth science area and is designed for students desiring a master's with an Earth science geology theme.

Natural Sciences

Of the required 16 credits, select at least one course from each of the following areas: soils science, hydrogeology, and geochemistry (totaling 10 of the 16 required credits).

Select 16 credits from the following:16
Field Mapping Techniques
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Tropical Ecosystems
Waterscape Ecology and Management
Coastal Morphology and Processes
Biogeochemistry: A Global Perspective
Fundamentals of Ecology 1
Bioremediation: Theory and Applications
Microbial Ecology
Environmental Toxicology
Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Environmental Chemistry of Organic Substances
Introduction to Solid Surfaces
Selected Topics in Modern Geology
Selected Topics in Modern Geology
The Lithosphere
Total Credits16
1

Required for those without previous coursework in ecology. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Public Policy

Select from the following courses in environmental law, human dimension of global change, environmental ethics, human ecology, or planning.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
Introduction to Environmental Social Science 1
The Challenge of Biodiversity
Development of U.S. Environmental Policies
Overview of Biodiversity Conservation
Translating Environmental Policy into Action
Environment and Society
Environmental Policy
Environmental Law
1

Required for those with limited coursework in the social sciences. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Methods

Select from the following courses in remote sensing, GIS, statistics, instrumentation, or modeling.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Field Mapping Techniques
Land-use Modeling Techniques and Applications
Molecular Environmental Biology II
Spatial Agent-based Models of Human-Environment Interactions
Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Scientists
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling
Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science
Land-Use Modeling Techniques and Applications
Geospatial Science Fundamentals
Geographic Information Systems
Quantitative Methods
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Geographic Information Analysis

Additional Requirements

See Additional Requirements below for details on the research requirement, the seminar requirement, and electives.

Environmental Biocomplexity Concentration (EVBC)

This concentration is designed for students desiring a master's with an environmental biocomplexity theme encompassing the disciplines of population genetics, microbial ecology, and/or molecular systematics.

Students are encouraged to complete at least 1 credit of directed studies (EVPP 693 Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy) as a laboratory rotation to enhance their mastery of experimental techniques.

Natural Sciences

Select from the following courses in courses that can be drawn from offerings in ecology, biogeochemistry, biochemistry, population genetics, molecular biology, molecular systematics, molecular evolution, microbial ecology, microbial diversity, quantitative genetics, and population biology.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Molecular Environmental Biology I
Conservation Biology
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Field Course
Marine Conservation
The Diversity of Fishes
Waterscape Ecology and Management
Fungi and Ecosystems
Coastal Morphology and Processes
Estuarine and Coastal Ecology
Fundamentals of Ecology 1
Molecular Environmental Biology II
Environmental Science and Public Policy
Microbial Ecology
Wetland Ecology and Management
Environmental Toxicology
Total Credits6
1

Required for those without previous coursework in ecology. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Public Policy

Select from the following courses in environmental law, human ecology, environmental ethics, patent law, or legal and ethical issues in science.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Field Course
Marine Conservation
Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
Introduction to Environmental Social Science 1
The Challenge of Biodiversity
Development of U.S. Environmental Policies
Overview of Biodiversity Conservation
Translating Environmental Policy into Action
Environment and Society
Environmental Policy
Microbial Ecology
Environmental Law
Advanced Topics in Environmental Science and Public Policy
1

Required for those with limited coursework in the social sciences. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Methods and Statistics

Select from the following courses in statistics, bioinformatics, information systems, instrumental analysis, microbiological techniques, molecular methods, or phylogenetic methods.

Select at least 9 credits from the following:9
Molecular Environmental Biology II
Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Scientists
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling
Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science
Environmental Toxicology
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Analysis

Additional Requirements

See Additional Requirements below for details on the research requirement, the seminar requirement, and electives.

Environmental Science and Policy Concentration (EVSP)

The environmental science and policy concentration is the largest within the master's and serves as a home for a broad array of research foci. It encourages an independent and creative approach to the development of curricula that reside in the general field of environmental science and policy.

The concentration's requirements may be fulfilled by completing courses from a variety of academic units at Mason.

Natural Sciences

Select from the following courses in biology, geology, geography, chemistry, or environmental engineering.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Molecular Environmental Biology I
Conservation Biology
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Field Course
Tropical Ecosystems
Waterscape Ecology and Management
Fungi and Ecosystems
Estuarine and Coastal Ecology
Fundamentals of Ecology 1
Management of Wild Living Resources
Environmental Science and Public Policy
Microbial Ecology
Population Ecology
Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Environmental Toxicology
Total Credits6
1

Required for those without previous coursework in ecology. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Public Policy

Select from the following courses in environmental law, human ecology, environmental ethics, planning, or public affairs.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Field Course
Marine Conservation
Introduction to Environmental Social Science 1
The Challenge of Biodiversity
Overview of Biodiversity Conservation
Management of Wild Living Resources
Translating Environmental Policy into Action
Environment and Society
Environmental Policy
Microbial Ecology
Environmental Law
1

Required for those with limited coursework in the social sciences. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Methods and Statistics

Select from the following courses in statistics, remote sensing, information systems, instrumental analysis, or modeling. A course in statistics is highly recommended.

Select at least 6 credits from the following:6
Field Mapping Techniques
Selected Topics in Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
Land-use Modeling Techniques and Applications
Molecular Environmental Biology II
Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Scientists
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling
Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science
Environmental Toxicology
Quantitative Methods
Geographic Information Analysis
Physical Principles of Remote Sensing
Survey Research

Additional Requirements

See Additional Requirements below for details on the research requirement, the seminar requirement, and electives.

Environmental Science Communication Concentration (ESCM)

A key to environmental action and behavior change is an ability to communicate environmental science and policy. This concentration is for students desiring an master's degree with an interdisciplinary approach to communicating environmental issues and solutions.

Environmental Science

Select 6 credits from EVPP graduate courses, suggestions include:6
Marine Conservation
Tropical Ecosystems
Fundamentals of Ecology 1
Overview of Biodiversity Conservation
Environmental Science and Public Policy
Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Total Credits6
1

Required for those without previous coursework in ecology. Can be included within the 6 credits.

Science Communication

EVPP 529Environmental Science Communication3
COMM 639Science Communication3
Select 6 credits of science communication courses; suggestion include, but are not limited to:6
Risk Communication
Controversies in Science Communication
Advanced Communication Skills for STEM
Science and the Public
Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns
Crisis Communication
Total Credits12

Research Methods

Select 6 credits of courses in relevant experimental methods, statistics, or communication techniques. Suggested courses include, but are not limited to:6
Spatial Agent-based Models of Human-Environment Interactions
Environmental Conflict Resolution: Situation Assessment, Process Design and Best Practices
Qualitative Methods
Media Content Analysis
Problem Solving and Data Analysis I
Economic Analysis in Public Administration
Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry
Survey Research
Qualitative Research Methods
Statistical Reasoning
Total Credits6

Additional Requirements

See Additional Requirements below for details on the research requirement, the seminar requirement, and electives.

Additional Requirements for the Concentrations: AQEC, COSP, ESEG, EVBC, ESCM, EVSP

Students choosing the EVMG concentration are not required to fulfill these additional requirements; the EVMG requirements are listed below.

Research Requirement

The research requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways: a research project or a formal thesis.

The depth and sophistication of the research differs between the two options. The thesis normally involves original research with independent acquisition and interpretation of data, with the goal of peer-reviewed publication. Projects are generally less extensive and can include a broader range of activities.

Project Option

Students fulfilling the research requirement with the project option register for EVPP 798 Master's Research Project in Environmental Science and Public Policy and are required to take a comprehensive examination covering knowledge mastered throughout the program of study. This examination includes both a written and an oral component and is administered by the student's supervisory committee.

EVPP 798Master's Research Project in Environmental Science and Public Policy (at least 1 credit)1-3
Total Credits1-3
Thesis Option

Students fulfilling the research requirement with the thesis option register for EVPP 799 Master's Thesis in Environmental Science and Public Policy, present their results in a public seminar, and defend their thesis before their supervisory committee. Students will be graded pass/no credit on the research requirement.

EVPP 799Master's Thesis in Environmental Science and Public Policy (at least 3 credits)1-6
Total Credits1-6

Seminar Requirement

An appropriate course topic must be taken to in order to fulfill this requirement.

EVPP 692Master's Seminar in Environmental Science and Public Policy (at least 1 credit)1
Total Credits1

Electives

If necessary, students take additional electives to bring the degree total to 33 credits. These courses must be approved by the student's supervisory committee and outlined on the student's program of study.

Environmental Management Concentration (EVMG)

This concentration combines the managerial and administrative skills developed in a traditional master of public administration degree program with the scientific knowledge and understanding normally found in a master of science degree. It serves as a terminal professional master's degree for individuals working in or aspiring to work as managers in the environmental field in government or private industry.

Students in this concentration have the graduate program director as their advisor upon admission. Full-time students can complete this degree in three semesters; part-time students can take six semesters. The requirements are as follows:

Core Courses

EVPP 638Corporate Environmental Management and Policy3
EVPP 641Environmental Science and Public Policy3
EVPP 642Environmental Policy3
PUAD 502Administration in Public and Nonprofit Organizations3
PUAD 540Public Policy Process3
Select one from the following methods courses:3-4
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling
Geospatial Science Fundamentals
Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Problem Solving and Data Analysis I
Statistical Reasoning
Total Credits18-19

Environmental Law

Select at least 3 credits from the following:3
Environmental Law
Environmental Law
Introduction to Natural Resources Law
Total Credits3

Field Ecology

Select at least 4 credits from the following:4
Waterscape Ecology and Management
and Lab in Waterscape Ecology
Or
Wetland Ecology and Management
and Wetland Ecology Lab and Field
Or
Other approved 4-credit field ecology course
Total Credits4

Capstone

EVPP 677Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management3
Total Credits3

Electives

Select 9 credits (or more) to complete 37 credits from the following list of approved electives: 19
Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
Economics of Human/Environment Interactions
Waterscape Ecology and Management
Global Biodiversity Governance
Fundamentals of Ecology 2
Introduction to Environmental Social Science 3
Development of U.S. Environmental Policies
Overview of Biodiversity Conservation
Management of Wild Living Resources
Environment and Development in Asia
Environmental Policy in Latin America
Environment and Development in Africa
Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry
Environment and Society
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy
Microbial Ecology
Wetland Ecology and Management
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling
Environmental Planning and Administration
Scientific Basis of Climate Change
Geospatial Science Fundamentals (only if not taken as part of the core courses above)
Justice Organizations and Processes
Administrative Law
Program Planning and Implementation
Policy Analysis
Program Evaluation
Association Management
Issues in Public Management
Marketing Management
Project Management
Marketing Communications
Leadership
Total Credits9
1

Other courses may be used, subject to approval of the graduate program director.

2

Required for those without previous coursework in ecology.

3

Required for those with limited previous coursework in the social sciences.

Bachelor's Degree (Green Leaf)/Environmental Science and Policy, Accelerated MS

Overview

This degree option allows highly qualified George Mason University students to earn an Environmental Science and Policy, MS in less time than if they had first graduated with an environmentally-focused Green Leaf-designated BA or BS degree and then applied to the MS program sequentially.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students with an overall GPA of at least 3.20 who are pursuing any Green Leaf-designated major or minor may apply for provisional acceptance into this accelerated master's program after completing two semesters of chemistry (including CHEM 211 General Chemistry I (Mason Core) and CHEM 212 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)) and three semesters of biology, including a course in ecology, or the equivalent, for example:

Select one of the following options:13
Option 1:
Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)
Biostatistics for Biology Majors
Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
Option 2:
Environmental Biology: Molecules and Cells
Environmental Science: Biological Diversity and Ecosystems
Environmental Science: Biomes and Human Dimensions
Environmental Microbiology Essentials
Environmental Microbiology Essentials Laboratory
Option 3:
Conservation Theory
Applied Conservation
6 credits of 6 credits of BIOL or CONS electives
Option 4:
Ecology and Conservation Theory
Biodiversity Monitoring
BIOL or CONS electives

By the beginning of the undergraduate's senior year, they should first submit a Graduate Application for Accelerated Master's Program form (obtained from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs). Secondly, in their senior year accelerated master's students must complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in a Green Leaf-designated program, in the semester indicated in the application, they must additionally submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form (found on the Office of the University Registrar website) and will subsequently be admitted into graduate status.

By at least the beginning of their senior year, they should seek out a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy who is willing to serve as their advisor (unless the student is planning to enroll in the MS concentration in Environmental Management). This advisor will aid the student in choosing the appropriate graduate courses to take and help to prepare the student for graduate studies. Admission into a research-oriented master's concentration is dependent upon securing the agreement of a faculty advisor. Faculty from a variety of departments and colleges at George Mason (called "program faculty") can serve as master's advisors. Potential students are encouraged to speak with the graduate program coordinator in the department to obtain guidance on this issue.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at Mason must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Graduate Admission Policies section of this catalog, excluding the GRE exam requirement (which is not required for those enrolled in the accelerated program). This includes three letters of recommendation (at least one from a former professor or someone with a PhD), a recent resume, a statement of interest/research goals and interests (including information on the candidate's proposed MS research), and a letter from their advisor stating that the advisor agrees to take on the candidate as an MS student, how the candidate would be a good fit for them and why candidate's research topic would be suitable (please note that a letter of endorsement from an advisor not necessary for candidates taking the Environmental Management concentration).

For information specific to the accelerated Environmental Science and Policy, MS, see Graduate Admissions on the department's website.

Reserve Graduate Credits

Students admitted to this program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 6 credits of appropriate environmentally-focused graduate coursework may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree. If students earn at least a 3.00 GPA in these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master's program and must then complete an additional 27-31 credits to receive the master's degree. 

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form found on the Office of the University Registrar website (as noted above).

Students may take up to 6 additional environmentally-focused graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree but will reduce the subsequent master's degree credits accordingly (e.g., with 6 credits counted towards undergraduate degree plus the maximum 6 reserve credits, an MS could be completed with 21 post-bachelor's credits). The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department.