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Environmental Science

MS in Environmental Science

The environmental science master's degree program prepares students to develop innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues. Grounded in rigorous scientific research and analysis with a multidisciplinary examination of the natural sciences, the MS in environmental science also delves into the politics, policies, and economics of environmental concerns.

Students are encouraged to gain practical field experience through an internship at one or more of the many public and private environmental organizations in the Washington, DC, area. Students have opportunities to conduct research with faculty in the department, associated and affiliated faculty at AU, or at one of the many renowned research institutions in the area.

Graduates will be prepared to engage in high-level, environmental problem solving. Typical positions our graduates hold are with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Science Foundation, although some move on to PhD programs in environmental science.

Where are MS program graduates now?

Initial positions obtained by the graduates after they left AU:


2014-2015 Graduates

Data Analyst, US Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Scientist, Kapur & Associates

Climate & Energy Intern, Oceana

Fulbright Scholar, Indonesia

Intern, 475 High Performance Building Supply, NYC

2011-2013 Graduates

Environmental Scientist, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Educational Program Coordinator, Pinecrest Gardens

Green Communities Consulting, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Versar, Environmental Consulting

Peace Corps, Central America Forestry Conservation

US Fish & Wildlife, Division of Conservation, Outreach Coordinator

Research Assistant, EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics

Business Capture Analyst, SRA International

Research Consultant, Logistics Management Institute

IMBA-MORE Associate Regional Director, International Bicycling Assoc.

Technical Reviewer, Global Waters Division, NSF International


2009-2011 Graduates

Office of Water, EPA

Scientific Integrity Intern, Union of Concerned Scientists

UMBC PhD program in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science

Environmental Specialist, Office of Wastewater Management, EPA

PhD program, Howard University, Atmospheric Chemistry

Program Associate, SeaWeb


2007-2008 Graduates

National Science Foundation, Presidential Fellowship

National Academy of Science, Communications Office

NatureServe, Latin American Program

NOAA, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (Honolulu)

NOAA, Office of Protected Resources ESA (pesticide regulation)

Washington DC Department of the Environment (policy analyst)

Research Assistant, Center for Climate Change Communication


2006 Graduates

EPA, Marine Pollution Control Branch of the Oceans and Coastal Water Protection

Division in the Office of Water

Associate Environmental Specialist, Kellogg, Brown and Root, Government and

Stormwater Compliance Specialist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Environmental Program Manager, US Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps,

US Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps, Federal Occupational Health

Infrastructure Division

Federal Occupational Health

Office of Water, Environmental Education Specialist EPA

Office of Water, Marine Pollution Control Board


2004-2005 Graduates

EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. Through ORISE (Oak Ridge

Program Officer with the World Society for the Protection of Animals

Policy Analyst with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Institute of Science and Education) EPA

Office of Water, environmental protection specialist. EPA,

International Marine Policy Specialist, Office of Protected Resources, NOAA

PhD program in Environmental Science, University of Maryland

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Faculty and students discuss what sets the environmental science program apart.

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