Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Master of Science in Soil and Water Science, focusing on Environmental Science, is a course of study that is completed primarily in an online classroom. The M.S. in Environmental Science program is delivered through the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and administered under the Department of Soil and Water Science. This curriculum is designed for students who wish to enhance their knowledge in environmental science, and particularly in environmental issues relating to the soil and water quality of agricultural lands, forested lands, range lands, urban lands, or wetlands. Students who pursue this degree typically have a wide variety of backgrounds, ranging from extension agents and federal employees, to consultants and continuing students who wish to pursue an academic career.

Students have the ability to pursue either a thesis or non-thesis option for the M.S. in Environmental Science Program, each of which consists of ten courses, or 30 credits. Some of the courses span topics such as Biogeochemistry of Wetlands, Sustainable Land Application, Soil Microbiology, Geostatistical Analysis of Environmental Data, and Modern Methods for the Detection of Water and Soilborne Pathogens. Upon completion of the diverse and thorough curriculum, students may possess a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in the area of environmental science.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a Bachelor's degree with a major in soil and water science or an equivalent degree in an allied field.


    Presentation of a seminar on the Gainesville campus on a topic related to the student's thesis or special project.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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