Prospective Students of the School of the Environment

We are delighted by your interest in FAMU SOE. Should you be admitted into our SOE family, you will join a group of dedicated faculty and outstanding peers.

The natural resources of the Apalachicola River and the Apalachicola Bay are vital to the State of Florida’s economy. Our proximity to these natural resources gives the School of the Environment a vital location to conduct ecosystem research that continues our legacy of opening doors to environmental careers through our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

We offer BS and BA degrees in Environmental Studies and BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science in the following areas of concentration: Environmental Policy and Risk Management, Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology, Biomolecular Sciences, and Environmental Chemistry.

Our years of active research engagements through funds from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have kept us at the forefront of training new generations of students in ecosystem characterization, ecological processes, forecasting and modeling, and human dimensions.

This legacy is continuing with our leading role in the 'EnergyWaterFoodNexus', a new science enterprise, to facilitate the convergence and collaboration of industry innovators focused on generating sustainable solutions in the energy, water, and food sectors to grow and meet the needs of the global economy. This global public-private partnership seeks to generate practical solutions through research and commercialization of technologies that advance renewable energy, increase access to safe drinking water, and promote natural resource conservation.

Most importantly, the small faculty-to-student ratio gives students increased access to our core lab and mentoring opportunities for a rewarding undergraduate and graduate experience.

Admission Requirements

Your opportunities at FAMU 'SOE' are endless, and we challenge each and every student to make the most of their collegiate experience by taking advantage of the great academic and social services available through the Institute. 

To complete the requirements for admission, a student must submit the following:

  • Admissions Application (Apply online!)
  • Official high school and/or college transcript (documents to be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions)
  • Official copy of SAT or ACT scores
  • Copy of your immunization record
  • Non-refundable application fee of $35.00, made payable to Florida A&M University

Students seeking a Bachelor’s degree should have:

  • Graduated from an accredited high school or an approved GED program.
  • Earned at least 19 academic units of credit in the following areas:

                    * 4 English credits
                    * 3 Mathematics credits
                    * 3 Natural Sciences credits
                    * 3 Social Sciences credits
                    * 2 Foreign Language credits
                    * 4 Electives credits

  • SAT score of 1010 or higher, or ACT score of 21 or higher
  • Minimum high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

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Acceptance into a Florida A&M University graduate program is a two-fold process. Students must apply to both the University through the School of Graduate Studies and the desired academic school/college/department. In addition to the FAMU School of Graduate Studies admissions requirements, the School of the Environment requires the following:
  • Certified copy of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Statement of Intent. This statement should be no more than one page, single-spaced. Please include a specific area of concentration you intend to pursue, and relevant information on your background focusing on previous experiences and achievements.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former/current professors and professionals who can attest to your work experience(s).
  • Copy of a master’s thesis or other publications; if a hard copy is not available, a website address to access the document will suffice. If you have not completed thesis work or have work published, this requirement does not apply.
  • If applicable, a description of financial assistance you will receive or have applied for outside of the university.

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International students must satisfy established admissions criteria before acceptance into the university. Additional requirements may also be imposed. If you are applying from a country where English is not the standard language, the university requires proof of language proficiency.

Evidence of language proficiency can be provided by any American institute of higher education or by a TOEFL score of 550 or better. Foreign students should forward an official copy of the undergraduate transcript and a comparative rating of each course to the Office of Admissions. International students can have their academic credentials evaluated for recognition by visiting World Education Services.
In order for a student who has registered at another college or university to be considered for admission into the School of the Environment, the following requirements must be met:
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 with a current or former school/college.
  • Adhere to all standard university admissions requirements.

Credits that are to be transferred will be determined by the university Registrar’s Office and an 'SOE' Academic Coordinator. A student who has earned an A.A/A.S. degree normally enters at the junior level. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the 'SOE' at 850-599-3550.

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Schedule A Visit

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  • Students are encouraged and welcome to visit the FAMU campus and tour the School of the Environment year-round! Contact us to schedule your visit today!
    Phone: (850) 599-3550
    or visit the FAMU Welcome Center