The master of art in Great Lakes ecosystem science provides students with the opportunity to attain a broad understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and social factors that comprise the Great Lakes ecosystems. Graduates will be prepared for advanced research, professional employment, or study at the Ph.D. level.
About the Great Lakes Center
Alexander Y. Karatayev, Director
Kelly M. Frothingham, Program Coordinator
Science and Mathematics Complex 319
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4329
Fax: (716) 878-6644
Contact Faculty and Staff at the Great Lakes Center
1. A bachelor’s degree in a science (e.g., chemistry, biology, geography, geology, earth science, environmental science) or math discipline from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale).
2. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
3. An official transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate program, giving evidence of satisfactory completion of college science and mathematics courses. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have introductory college coursework in chemistry, biology, geography, geology, and mathematics/statistics. The absence of any of this coursework may be regarded as a deficiency and students may be required to complete this recommended coursework before graduation.
4. Two letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s academic qualifications.
5. A written statement of the applicant’s academic background, future plans, and area of research interest.
Required Core Courses (12 cr)
GLC 535 Great Lakes Ecosystem Science
GEG 525, or GEG 528, or GEG 529 Geographic Information Systems
BIO 670 or equivalent Quantitative Data Analysis
GLC 600 Great Lakes Seminar (1 cr - take three times)*
Elective Courses 12 cr
Appropriate biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and geography and planning courses selected by advisement
Master’s Thesis (6 cr)
GLC 695 Master’s Thesis (6)
Total Required Credit Hours 30 cr
*Selected under advisement
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.