Courses in the online Master of Science in Soil and Water Sciences Environmental Science track are offered 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.
See the SWS Graduate Programs Application page for details on deadlines and application requirements.
View the SWS Graduate Student Guide for details on program requirements.
$565.00 Per Credit Hour For Graduate Courses (Course Level 5000 - 9999). See the breakdown of the Fall 2018-Summer 2019 Distance Education Tuition and Fees charged per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to an increase and are reviewed in late June/early July for the upcoming academic year.
A limited number of UF graduate credits with grades of B or better taken as a non-degree or post-baccalaureate may be transferred into the program to meet degree requirements upon approval.
Note: Tracks are unofficial terms. No tracks appear in official lists in graduate catalog or on the student transcript.
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 sciences 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. If your bachelor's degree is not in soil and water science or you don't have an equivalent degree in an allied field, you will generally have to complete pre-requisite courses at a local institution before applying for admission to the program. 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.
*UF no longer maintains a required minimum score on the GRE; applications are considered holistically with equal emphasis placed upon all parts.
For more information on the SWSD program requirements, please see the SWS Graduate Student Guide (PDF).
C. Ryan Penton, 2004 Graduate
C. Ryan Penton graduated with an MS in Soil and Water Sciences 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. View Ryan's video: