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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University is renaming a science master’s degree to reflect the addition of two new program tracks for advanced study in the sciences.
The Board of Regents approved CSU’s Master of Science in Environmental Science to become a Master of Science in Natural Sciences. The university will begin advertising the new program when the appropriate approval has been secured from the SACS Commission on Colleges. Until that process is complete, the M.S. in Environmental Science will continue to operate as a standalone degree program.
“The main difference is we’re establishing two new tracks,” said Bill Frazier, chair of CSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
In the past, students pursuing the environmental science master’s established by CSU in the late 1990s took graduate courses in biology, geology, chemistry and other areas, and could select between a thesis or non-thesis option in pursuing that M.S.
Changes recently approved by the state Board of Regents now allow for the addition of a track in biology with a thesis or non-thesis option, as well as a geosciences track, which requires the writing of a thesis.
The new overall name was requested to better characterize the new, broader nature of the degree, Frazier said.
All three degree tracks require 36 semester credit hours.
For more on degrees offered by CSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences, visit
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