|Graduate Track in Environmental Science
Distance Education Coordinator: K. Ramesh Reddy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Courses in the Soil and Water Science Environmental Science Distance Education Track are offered exclusively via distance education to accommodate place-bound students interested in environmental issues related to the soil and water quality of agricultural lands, forested lands, range lands, urban lands or wetlands. This track is designed for individuals who want to enhance their knowledge in environmental science and attracts participants ranging from extension agents, state and federal employees, consultants, and to continuing students who want to pursue an academic career.
C. Ryan Penton graduated with an MS in Soil and Water Science from the Distance Education Program in 2004. In this video, he discusses his experience in graduate school via the distance education program. Ryan was part of the first graduating class to participate in the program.
Students wishing to enroll in this graduate track should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in soil and water science or an equivalent degree in an allied field such as geology, natural resources, biology, ecology, hydrology, microbiology, environmental science, horticultural science, environmental engineering, agricultural engineering or agronomy. Those students who do not meet these requirements will be expected to make up deficiencies early in their graduate programs. Admission criteria include a "B" (3.0) grade point average or better for the last two years of the baccalaureate program, and satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).* High speed internet access is mandatory.
MS in Soil & Water Science, Environmental Science track
30 credits - Thesis
30 credits - Professional/non-thesis (major paper required)
A limited number of UF graduate credits with grades of B or better taken post-baccalaureate may be transferred into the program to meet degree requirements upon approval.
Typical time to degree ranges from two to four years.
Starting dates are Spring semester (January) and Fall semester (August).
For more information on the SWSD program requirements, please see the Graduate Student Guide (pdf).
*UF no longer maintains a required minimum score on the GRE; applications are considered holistically with equal emphasis placed upon all parts.