A program of this type is grounded in natural science but integrates information from other disciplines into it. As a result, students who have a decent science background plus some exposure to at least one non-science field are best suited for this program.


A Bachelor's degree in some aspect of natural or applied science or environmental policy, such as some form of biology, chemistry, natural resources (policy, management, or field oriented), wildlife management, fisheries, or similar. Alternatively, a student can enter with a different degree if their program of undergraduate study includes 12cr hrs (or equivalent) of natural, physical, or environmental science including at least one lab and two courses of 200-level or higher, plus 9cr hrs of social science or humanities including at least one course of 200-level or higher, plus one course of any type focusing on environmental or resource issues from any perspective. A student wishing to pursue the program but with deficiencies in course background as identified by a student’s advisor or advisory committee can be admitted conditionally to make up the undergraduate courses, and admitted fully to the program upon successful completion of the undergraduate courses. Courses taken to fill deficiencies cannot be used for graduate credit.


A major or minor in environmental science, environmental studies, resource management, resource economics, or similar environmentally-related program; an undergraduate research project/paper; at least one course in statistics or similar numerical analysis; computer skills

As any graduate program should strive for the highest standards in student performance, candidates for the Masters in IES should also have

1)  A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a four point scale (or equivalent) for conditional admission, and a preferred GPA of 3.0 for full admission. Conditionally admitted students will be admitted fully after the successful completion of the first semester of graduate courses, and cannot begin thesis or research work until fully admitted. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a four point scale to remain in good standing in the program.

2)  GRE section scores in the upper 50 percent for each section. Students with lower scores (though with a minimum combined score of 300 or more) can be admitted conditionally, and will be shifted to full admission after the successful completion of the first semester of graduate courses. Conditionally admitted students cannot begin thesis or research work until fully admitted.

Full details can be obtained from the program contact below:

Michael A. Reiter Ph.D.,
Graduate Program Director
Department of Integrated Environmental Science
Bethune-Cookman University
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL  32114-3099
(386) 481-2695