The master of science in Great Lakes ecosystem science provides students with the opportunity to attain a broad understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and social factors that comprise the Great Lakes ecosystems.
This internship-based program is designed to meet the needs of industry, consulting firms, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies with graduates prepared to provide a leadership role as they address a wide range of problems and issues related to the management of resources within the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds.
About the Great Lakes Center
Alexander Y. Karatayev, Director
Kelly M. Frothingham, Program Coordinator
Science and Mathematics Complex 319
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4329
Fax: (716) 878-6644
Contact Faculty and Staff at the Great Lakes Center
1. A bachelor’s degree in a science (e.g., chemistry, biology, geography, geology, earth science, environmental science) or math discipline from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale).
2. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
3. An official transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate program, giving evidence of satisfactory completion of college science and mathematics courses. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have introductory college coursework in chemistry, biology, geography, geology, and mathematics/statistics. The absence of any of this coursework may be regarded as a deficiency and students may be required to complete this recommended coursework before graduation.
4. Two letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s academic qualifications.
5. A written statement of the applicant’s academic background, future plans, and area of research interest.
Required Core Courses (11 cr)
GLC 535 Great Lakes Ecosystem Science
GEG 525, or GEG 528, or GEG 529 Geographic Information Systems
BIO 670, or equivalent Quantitative Data Analysis
GLC 600 Great Lakes Seminar (1 cr - take two times)
Required Business Communication and Project Management Courses (6 cr)
Business Communication (3 cr)
PSM 602 Business and Technical Communication for Math and Science Professionals
COM 519 Communication for Managers and Leaders
COM 610 Strategic Public Relations
Project Management (3 cr)
PSM 601 Project Management for Math and Science Professionals
MET 620 Managing Engineering Projects
Internship (3 cr)
GLC 688 Internship (3)*
Elective Courses (12 cr)
Appropriate biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and geography and planning courses selected by advisement
Total Required Credit Hours (32 cr)
*Selected under advisement
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.