Master'sEarth, Environmental and Physical Sciences

A Master of Science (MS) in earth, environmental and physical sciences (EEPS) from Wichita State equips future scientists, professionals, and educators with general knowledge and skills in methodology, critical and creative thinking in scientific research—and advanced knowledge and skills in geology, environmental science or physics.

Learn how Earth, Environmental and Physical Sciences is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

For admission into the EEPS program, applicants must:

  • Be admitted to the WSU Graduate School
  • Have a bachelor's degree in any field of natural sciences

Applicants with a bachelor's degree outside the field of natural sciences are also encouraged to apply for conditional admission.

For additional admission details, click on the link below.

Inside the Program

Youngmeyer Ranch lets students study biology and conservation

EEPS students can get up close and personal with nature.

Hannah Hoetmer has helped study amphibians and reptiles of the Youngmeyer Ranch, assisted with multiple projects in the Biodiversity Lab that look at the insect diversity across Kansas, and held several paid positions as a technician studying plants in the Prairie Community Ecology Lab.

She is working on a large project that will try to establish whether or not high quality photographs can be used with an animal version of facial-recognition technology to look at the differences in the intersections between the scales on the heads of lizards and snakes to identify individuals. 


The program requires 30-36 credit hours and offers three ways to complete the degree: thesis (30 credit hours), internship (33 credit hours) and non-thesis / research (33 or 36 credit hours).


A graduate degree in earth, environmental and physical sciences from Wichita State will open doors to high-demand, high-paying careers in the public and private sectors—from all levels of government to industry and medicine.

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