Lisa Toy, CAS/MS '13
I chose AU because of its international impact in the environmental field.
Lisa Toy entered the program with a BA in Physiological Psychology and Broadcast Communications. On campus, she worked on sustainability and LEED certifications. As an intern with the Pesticide Action Network, she researched the public and environmental health impacts of genetically engineered corn. She currently oversees sustainability and recycling programs for Palm Beach County Schools.
Learn more about the Department of Environmental Science at American University's College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty and students discuss what sets this program apart.
Most graduate students receive financial support. There are merit-based tuition awards and stipends for being a teaching assistant. In the 2015-16 academic year, 64% of our students were supported by AU funding through research or teaching. Of those not supported by AU, 25% were funded by other sources.
Yes, but it is more difficult to get financial support, which is generally given to full-time students. Six credits per semester is considered full time for financial purposes, though most full-time students take nine credits per semester.
The thesis track gives students experience doing their own complex study and learning the statistics and analytical skills required to evaluate their results. The experience of writing the thesis is valuable and frequently leads to a peer-reviewed publication. The non-thesis track gives a strong coursework background in science and analysis, along with extensive internship experience that may lead more directly into a position.