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Advance Your Potential

Earning an advanced degree at WSU Tri-Cities will add personal and professional value to your life. This is your chance to help build a better word through research projects with world-renowned faculty and to increase your learning potential.

From the private sector to public service, an advanced degree speaks volumes to potential employers. For some students, a master’s or Ph.D. is required in their field; for others, their thirst for knowledge leads to advanced study.

Graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences develop one-on-one relationships with their faculty mentors and study in small classes. Providing adequate fellowships is a priority.

Meet Gretchen

Gretchen Graber, who’s earning her master’s degree in environmental science, was hired by the nonprofit Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) in Corvallis, Ore., to work with the inmates at Coyote Ridge after both organizations joined with Sustainability in Prisons project staff at Evergreen College to ensure a future for the greater sage-grouse. Read more…

Biology, M.S., Ph.D.

The School of Biological Sciences offers advanced degrees biology and plant biology. We provide research specialties in ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics, and molecular biology of plant and animal systems

Chemistry, M.S.

This chemistry degree program is based on research and carried out in the laboratories on campus and allows students to gain experience in modern experimental techniques and to familiarize themselves with the daily workings of a laboratory. Master’s Degree students (on either the thesis or non-thesis track) must carry out a research project under the supervision of a member of the Chemistry Department faculty. Master’s students are expected to participate fully in the scientific life of the Department and to attend the various meetings and seminars that take place.

Environmental Science, M.S.

This M.S. degree in environmental science is an interdisciplinary program with the flexibility for elective classes in the student’s own area of specialization. In consultation with their advisor, students may select classes from a wide variety of areas (i.e., ecosystem science and management, ecological planning, land and water conservation, air quality management, water quality management, energy and carbon policy, etc.). Most students conclude their M.S. studies with a thesis, where the goal is a publishable contribution. The requirements are given below and are subject to completion after entering the master’s program.

Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Ph.D.

Environmental and natural resource sciences comprise an association of several areas of study at WSU. These sciences focus on factors related to the understanding and management of the environment and therefore have a commonality of interest. The Ph.D. program provides opportunities for doctoral study that involve integration and interaction among these various fields of science. The cooperation of WSU’s faculties in environmental and natural resource sciences in this program fosters important exchanges of knowledge that greatly enhance interdisciplinary education.

* This doctoral program is officially offered through the Pullman campus, although students may complete all of their degree requirements on the Tri-Cities campus. Students interested in this Ph.D. programs must apply to WSU Pullman to be accepted. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the department about the availability of coursework, research, and faculty advisors at the Tri-Cities campus.

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