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Environmental OMICS, Master of Science

Overview

Solve environmental problems using big data sets in the M.S. Environmental OMICS program at St. John’s University in New York City.

This program will begin fall 2021.

Today’s complex environmental problems involve vast amounts of data. In the Master of Science (M.S.) program in Environmental OMICS at St. John’s University, you develop the ability to analyze big data sets related to the environment. This understanding prepares you for careers helping industries use environmentally sustainable processes, manufacture safer products, and better manage their corporate responsibility. 

Because protecting environmental resources is the cornerstone of environmental social justice, the M.S. program aligns with the mission of St. John’s. 

Environmental OMICS is the branch of environmental science that applies OMICS technologies to address environment-related scientific questions. OMICS refers to the technologies used to explore the functions of the various types of molecules that make up the cells of an organism. It aims at the collective characterization and quantification of pools of biological molecules that translate into the structure, function, and dynamics of an organism or organisms. For example, within the field of environmental OMICS, one might study an organism’s genome in relation to dietary and environmental exposures using a combination of field, bench, and computational research approaches.  

Through this master’s degree program, you become a data scientist with expertise in analyzing environmental and genetic factors, toxicity mechanisms, and modes of action in response to both acute and chronic exposure to environmental stresses and the subsequent impact on ecological systems that include human health and disease. You may pursue either the 30-credit thesis option or the 33-credit non-thesis option and may complete an internship or supervised research to further develop your skills. 

Admission

The M.S. in Environmental OMICS provides students with undergraduate degrees in biology, the other natural sciences, or math and computer science with the opportunity to expand their career options to the field of environmental sustainability. 

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, applicants must present a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, as well as 3.0 or better in the major discipline. No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.

Applications received by March 1 will receive priority review. Qualified applications received after March 1 will be considered based on available space in the program.

Graduate Admission Information

Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-1601
[email protected]

Courses

The M.S. in Environmental OMICS offers both a 33-credit non-thesis option and a 30-credit thesis option. The program’s culminating experience includes a choice of a capstone project, comprehensive examination, or thesis, which students select in consultation with a faculty advisor.

In addition to the required capstone project, thesis, or comprehensive examination, students also have the option of completing an internship or independent study to enhance their research and professional development.

Required:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENV 005Colloquia0
ENV 101Environmental Principles3
ENV 102Methods of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability3
ENV 103Introduction to OMICS3
ENV 200 / MPH 305Geographic Information Systems3
ENV 210Transcriptomes, Proteomes, and Metabolomes3
BIO 209Bioinformatics3
MTH 165Introduction to Computing with Applications3

Electives (Choose From Among the Following):

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BIO 299Scientific Literacy and Integrity3
CUS 510Database System Design and Data Warehousing3
CUS 610Data Mining and Predictive Modeling I3
CUS 620Introduction to Programming for Analytics3
LIS 248Database Modeling and Design3
MTH 167Mathematical Modeling I3
MTH 172Operations Research I3
MTH 580Database Management Systems3
PAS 302Health Care Data Analysis and Management3

 Thesis Research (6 Credits)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENV 900Master's Thesis Research3
ENV 105TMaster's Thesis Defense0

Required:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENV 005Colloquia0
ENV 101Environmental Principles3
ENV 102Methods of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability3
ENV 103Introduction to OMICS3
ENV 200 / MPH 305Geographic Information Systems3
ENV 210Transcriptomes, Proteomes, and Metabolomes3
BIO 209Bioinformatics3
MTH 165Introduction to Computing with Applications3

Electives (Choose From Among the Following):

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BIO 299Scientific Literacy and Integrity3
CUS 510Database System Design and Data Warehousing3
CUS 610Data Mining and Predictive Modeling I3
CUS 620Introduction to Programming for Analytics3
LIS 248Database Modeling and Design3
MTH 167Mathematical Modeling I3
MTH 172Operations Research I3
MTH 580Database Management Systems3
PAS 302Health Care Data Analysis and Management3

Internship (Optional)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENV 350Internship I3
ENV 351Internship II0

Comprehensive Examination or Capstone Project

Course Number Course TitleCredits
ENV 105Comprehensive Examination0
ENV 354Capstone3

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

St. John’s University offers competitive graduate assistantships to qualified full-time applicants. These positions typically include tuition remission and a stipend. Read more about Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Financial Aid

Learn more about additional forms of financial aid available to St. John’s graduate students

Career Outcomes

Graduates with an M.S. in Environmental OMICS from St. John’s will meet a high demand for environmental scientists and information research scientists. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental scientists and specialists will grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also indicates that the employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026 because many companies report difficulties finding these highly skilled researchers. 

With a master’s degree in Environmental OMICS, you will be readily employable and prepared to solve the world’s complex environmental problems by harnessing the power of big data. 

Contact

Alison Hyslop, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate Division

Associate Professor, Chemistry
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
718-990-1315
[email protected]