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Will I be able to find a job after graduation?

We hope so.  But it depends on many factors including the economy, your grades, and  whether or not you have engaged in activities that make you competitive.  Let's look at  actual job ads:

OK, so how well does your resume and transcript indicate that you are  qualified to do any of these things?  Have you taken and excelled in a GIS course?   Have you engaged in research or an internship in which you analyzed data,  prepared reports, recorded measurements, conducted surveys and kept precise records?   Do you know what all the terms in those ads mean?  Is someone willing to write a letter of recommendation documenting that you preformed  those tasks exceptionally well?  Note that simply having a degree not qualify you  for this position.  This holds true for ALL jobs, not just this one. Start looking at job ads NOW so you know what you need to do to be qualified for the career you want.
What do I need to know to get through the program?
We have put together a ENVS Graduate Student Handbook.  Hopefully it will answer some of your questions.  By the way as you go through your academic tenure here, if you think of more things that should be in the Handbook let us know so we can keep it updated and useful.
Can I get a graduate assistantship?
Graduate student assistants are recognized as an important resource for the University. The Environmental Science Program has five assistantships for graduate students. Four are Laboratory Assistants  for supervising undergraduate labs in chemistry and geology.  Therefore you need a background in those areas and good grades in those courses.  One is a Research assistant I or II  for which a student will assist a professor or work on their own research. Each fellowship is given for a nine-month period and includes benefits, however the student must still pay tuition and fees. Salary ranges are set annually and approved by the President of the University. The current stipend for a graduate appointment is $9000 per nine-month period.

To be eligible for an assistantship the student must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be accepted into the graduate program
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • Maintain a 3.0 graduate GPA
  • Enroll for at least 6 semester hours
  • Have acceptable English language speaking skills
  • Meet the general requirements for Employment at Tarleton State University applicable to all employees
Should I do a thesis?
An excellent question and one in which you play a large part.  A thesis is not for everyone.  Take a look at our Thesis handbook which may help you answer that question.
Take a look at some of our past and current thesis topics.