|Applications of Geospatial Science to the Field Sciences, Certificate
|Biology, MS (Thesis Option, Non-Thesis Option)
|Environmental Science, JD/MS
|Environmental Science, MS
|Regulatory Biology, Ph.D. offered jointly with Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Geospatial science represents a revolution in the field sciences, including biology, environmental science, archeology, and geology - as well as applications of the social sciences and humanities that require the gathering and representation of field data in maps or map-like presentations. This revolution is reflected in the needs of the job market - a majority of job openings in field science desire or require a background in geospatial science. This certificate provides training and education in many aspects of geospatial science sufficient to enable its graduates to compete in the job market and to carry out analyses using the tools of geospatial science.
Department faculty and staff members of The Lerner Research Institute (LRI) of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) work in cooperation to offer graduate training in a broad range of biological sciences. For example, molecular and cell biologists at both Cleveland State and the LRI study regulation of signal transduction and gene transcription in cell division, programmed cell death, and cell differentiation in the context of normal development and disease states that include cancer, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune and neurological disorders. Other Cleveland State faculty participate in several programs focusing on local ecological and environmental issues that provide opportunities for graduate research. These include the Cuyahoga River Watershed Project and the OhioView consortium on remote sensing. The non-thesis Masters program offers as a possible specialization a track in Museum Studies for Natural Historians. The graduate program is open to full-time and part-time students as well as to non-degree students who are preparing themselves for entry into degree programs or are seeking to keep abreast of new developments in their fields of interest.
The combined curriculum leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) is designed to permit the student to complete both degrees over four years instead of the five years that would normally be required to complete the two degrees separately.
Entry into this dual degree program can occur in one of two ways. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in either the JD or the MS in Environmental Science degree program must apply for admission to both the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Law concurrently and follow the normal procedures of the respective colleges. Application for admission must be specifically for the dual degree program. Students who enroll in this manner usually should plan to spend their first year taking courses exclusively in the JD program and their second year taking courses mainly in the MS in Environmental Science program. In the third and fourth years, students take courses in both degree programs. Applicants who are currently enrolled in either the JD or the MS in Environmental Science degree program must apply for admission to the other degree program prior to the completion of 60 credit hours or two years of full-time study in the JD program, or prior to the completion of 18 credit hours or one year of full-time study in the MS in Environmental Science program. Students who enroll in this manner are advised as to how to schedule the remainder of their courses in the dual degree program. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to take more than eight years to complete the combined programs.
The Master of Science degree in Environmental Science is offered by the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES) as one of three interdisciplinary graduate programs in the Environmental Studies Program at Cleveland State. The degree program prepares students for a wide range of professional careers that require knowledge of biology, chemistry, or earth sciences in order to address environmental issues. The program is open to both full-time and part-time students.
The program is administered by the department’s graduate faculty, which includes Cleveland State faculty, research scientists at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, and several Cleveland State University adjunct faculty members from other local institutions.
The Ph.D. program provides a comprehensive background in biological science with a focus on regulation in biological systems ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level. Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Clinic offer the program jointly. Besides course work, a comprehensive exam, and teaching experience, the degree requires a written dissertation, based on original scientific research of sufficient quality for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
*Graduate Program information linked to Cleveland State University's
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog