Applicants to the Graduate Program Environmental Sciences Program must hold a bac- calaureate or master's degree (BA, BS, MA or MS) from an accredited institution in a relevant field of study. Students should apply to either the PhD or MS program. For both programs, applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School:
1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application no later than January 15 for the fall semester and August 15 for the spring semester. Forms are available from the Graduate School.
2. A $30 nonrefundable application fee for MS program, $50 nonrefundable application fee for Ph.D. program. Checks must be made payable to Arkansas State University. If applications are received without payment, the Graduate School will hold all ap- plication materials and notify the applicants that no action will be taken until payment is received. International students may utilize a check or an International Postal Money Order to remit payment in U.S. currency.
3. One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended. The Graduate School will compute the graduate GPA by counting all graduate courses completed, including any repeated courses.
Applicants to the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences must possess a bacca- laureate degree from an accredited four-year institution and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Applicants should be aware that the breadth of the course work in this program demands that students have a basic background in several disciplines. Preparatory courses for this program may include:
• Mathematics: Calculus I as well as an applied statistics course or second semester Calculus course.
• Chemistry: A first and second semester chemistry course sequence.
• Biology: A first and second semester biology course sequence.
• Earth Science: A first and second semester earth science course sequence.
• Economics: An introductory level economics course. • Political Science: American government, United States history or world history.
Students should contact the Program Director for details regarding course requirements for specific focus areas within the program. Students lacking the appropriate courses for their chosen focus area can be admitted into the program but may be required to complete preparatory course work before enrolling in specific graduate core courses. Applicants are also expected to have a working knowledge of computer systems and software. In some cases, the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program Committee may agree to substitute equivalent, documented work experience in the environmental field for specific courses and, in rare cases, other criteria for admission. Contact the Program Director for questions in these matters.
4.Three letters of recommendation to be reviewed by the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program Committee. Note that both recommendation by the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program Committee and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School are required for admission to the program. 5. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination showing a combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. 6. International student applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language if English is not their native language. 7. Statement of Purpose. In essay form, state your reasons for undertaking graduate study in the Environmental Sciences. Please describe your qualifications for the aca- demic program to which you are applying and your objectives in undertaking this program. Applicants to the doctoral program should clearly outline their research interests. We are interested in how the applicant's interests would complement those research interests of the faculty. Applicants to master's program should discuss their plans for their academic and professional career and how the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences will help them attain their goals.
8. Resume (C.V.) List all colleges and universities attended, major extracurricular ac- tivities and employment, detailing particularly those relevant to your proposed field of study; any honors or prizes awarded; and publications and research projects with which you have been associated.