Each student will concentrate in one natural science area or a clearly defined interdisciplinary topic. The specific course of study must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee in the first semester.
Complete either a final written thesis based upon independent research (6-9 credits) or a final non-thesis project (6 credits) as approved by the student’s graduate committee.
Complete a research project and a written thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. The student’s Graduate Advisory Committee and research advisor will determine the specific requirements. Thesis credits should be taken as one of the following courses:
Conduct and/or apply research in a practicum or internship setting, under the direction of a site supervisor and/or a faculty supervisor. A written report describing the research, its applicability, and the internship site will be required. The student’s Graduate Advisory Committee and research advisor will determine the specific requirements. Project credits should be taken as the following course:
SCI 594 - Applied Graduate Research (6 cr.)
Total Credit Hours 30
Additional Degree Requirements
An oral defense/evaluation of the thesis or the project must be completed no later than 30 days before the date for graduation. The evaluation format will be determined by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. The oral defense normally includes an oral seminar presentation open to the public followed by a private committee meeting with the student’s Graduate Advisory Committees.