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Environmental Science Master's Thesis Wins National Award in 2013

The National Institutes for Water Resources Research (NIWRR) awarded it's 2013 National Impact Award to Christine Simard and her advisors, Dr. John Jenson and Dr. Mark Lander, of WERI, for the project that constituted Christine's master's thesis: Trends and Patterns in Salinity in the Northern Guam Lens Aquifer. The NIWRR National Impact Award is given each year for the one project from among all the projects undertaken by the nation's 54 water resources research institutes that NIWRR judges to have made the greatest contribution to sustainable use of its constituent community's water resources. Christine's thesis had previously earned the 2012 University of Guam's President's Award for the outstanding graduate thesis submitted at university for the academic year.


Award-winning Environmental Science student Christine Simard with WERI Director, Dr. Shahram Khosrowpanah (left) and her thesis advisor, Dr. John Jenson (right).


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Master of Science Environmental Science

Since 1997, some 45 graduates have earned their Master of Environmental Science Degree from the University of Guam’s Graduate Environmental Science Program. Ninety percent are working in environmental science or have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees in environmental science or related fields. 

Two Tracks: Research & Professional

The program offers two tracks:

  • RESEARCH TRACK for those who intend to pursue a scientific research career in environmental science or a related field, and
  • PROFESSIONAL TRACK for those who plan to do applied, professional work in industry, government, or education 

Admission criteria and coursework requirements are the same for each track.  The difference is that the research track is capped by a traditional research thesis, whereas the professional track requires completion of an equivalent internship, project, or coursework option.


Three Sub-disciplines: Biology-Ecology, Geosciences-Engineering, Economics-Management-Law

Environmental science is an applied interdisciplinary science directed at understanding and predicting the effects of natural processes on the well-being of humans and human communities, and at understanding and predicting how natural systems are affected by and respond to human activities.  The objectives of its application are to promote public safety, health, and welfare; the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources; and the preservation, conservation, and restoration of valued natural public assets. 

Our curriculum is built around three major sub-disciplines of environmental science: biology-ecology, geosciences-engineering, and economics-management-law. You may build your program around any of the three sub-disciplines, whether you elect to follow the research or professional track.  Each sub-discipline is represented by a number of elective courses.  The core curriculum contains one course in each sub-discipline, so although your program is centered on a single sub-discipline, you will complete the program with sufficiently broad interdisciplinary training to pursue any interest or tackle any challenge that you are likely to encounter in your future scientific or professional work.


Graduate Degree Program Requirements