Admission to doctoral programs varies depending upon the program of study. Potential applicants are encouraged to read the appropriate sections of the Graduate Catalog for individual program variations. Generally, students applying for admission to a doctoral program must hold a master's degree and must have achieved at least the 50th percentile in one of the aptitude sections (Verbal, Quantitative, or Analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination. (Doctor of Arts applicants must have an average GRE score placing them in the 50th percentile or above.)
Idaho State University offers students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary master's degree. The degree sought and the field appearing first in the title of the program will be that of the department providing the major portion of the graduate credits. Other fields in the title will be secondary fields of concentration. The requirements include: completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 10 hours in each of the departments participating. Students must be admitted into such a program by each department which participates. Students must contact each department contemplated to be involved prior to initiating the development of an interdisciplinary program. Although students must take at least 10 credits in each of the departments participating, departments may, at their discretion, require additional credit hours of the students as a condition of the departmental participation and admission of the student in the program. An initial program of study must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research during the first year of coursework. Requirements for interdisciplinary programs are the same as for other degree programs. An interdisciplinary thesis may be written with a minimum of three credit hours and a maximum of five credit hours in each department. The final oral examination must include a representative from each department and a graduate faculty representative from a department not involved in the interdisciplinary program.
Students may pursue an M.S. in Hazardous Waste Management (Interdisciplinary Studies). Students must obtain admission to Graduate School, which requires that students possess a 2.75 GPA or higher for all upper division credits taken at the undergraduate level (some departments may require a higher GPA), regardless of the institution at which the credits were earned, and GRE scores must be provided for admission. Most participating departments use the 35% minimum in one of the three general test areas, but some may require a higher minimum. Please see individual department sections of this catalog. Students may be admitted on a conditional basis without GRE scores, but the scores must be submitted no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment.
Students entering this program are also required to have successfully completed at least 30 total credit hours of courses in engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, biology, pharmaceutical sciences or mathematics. Specifically, students must have successfully completed coursework equivalent to ISU MATH 120 (Essentials of Calculus) and ISU CHEM 121/122 (General Chemistry). Grades of "C" or better must be recorded to count toward these requirements. Students may be granted conditional acceptance based on their willingness to complete one or two missing courses as deficiencies, if they are close to meeting the admissions requirements. Such acceptance is left up to the discretion of the individual departments/colleges.
Students must also obtain admission from two academic departments/disciplines. Admission requirements vary between departments, and there may be departmental requirements beyond those of the Graduate School which the student must fulfill to gain departmental admission.
Within the framework of the basic degree requirements, an advisory committee is chosen to work with the student to create an individualized program of study. The advisory committee consists of two ISU faculty advisors, one from each of the two listed departments. The faculty member in the primary department acts as the student's major advisor and provides direction to the student regarding all relevant aspects of the program. The committee should assist the student in selecting courses appropriate for the program of study. An initial program of study must be developed and submitted to the Hazardous Waste Management Council (HWM) for approval no later than the second semester of enrollment. Changes in the initial program may be made with the approval of the major advisor. The final program of study is submitted to the HWM Council for graduation clearance. A Graduate Faculty Representative is appointed to the student's committee in the final term of study to monitor and participate in the final comprehensive exam or thesis defense.
The objective of the Interdisciplinary Studies program in Hazardous Waste Management is to allow the student to combine courses in Hazardous Waste Management with related courses in areas of primary interest. At least 30 credits are required for the degree, of which at least 15 must be at the 600 level. At least 10 credits must be completed within each of the two listed departments, with the remainder of the course work representing the Hazardous Waste Management required and elective course work. No more than 9 credits may be transferred from another university, with the exception of courses cross-listed with the University of Idaho, which will be accepted as resident credits. Thesis and non-thesis options are available for the degree. A maximum of 10 credits of research and thesis may be counted toward the degree; these credits may apply towards the 15 credits at the 600-level requirement. There are specific program-wide and department-specific requirements for the thesis and non-thesis option. Students should confer closely with their advisory committee members in deciding the most appropriate option.
Department/academic disciplines participating in the program include: Biological Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Political Science, and Occupational Education (Occupational Training Management).
Currently a number of the Hazardous Waste Management courses are being offered only in Idaho Falls, although efforts are made to provide instruction to Pocatello students as often as possible via the telecommunications system. Many courses are instructed during evening hours. Due to these factors and the interdisciplinary nature of the program, it may be anticipated that completion of the M.S. degree may take longer than for other "traditional" M.S. degrees.
The following courses are required of every student receiving the M.S. degree in Hazardous Waste Management (Interdisciplinary Studies).
BIOS 587 Environmental Science and Pollutants 3 cr
ENGR 570 Survey of Hazardous Waste Management Problems 3 cr
ENGR 606 Environmental Law and Regulations 3 cr
ENGR 655* Hazardous Waste Management Seminar 1 cr
*Course must be completed two times in order to satisfy requirement.
Students, together with their advisory committee, should choose courses from the following electives which will complement departmental courses in each of their chosen areas and strengthen their degree program.
BIOS 581 Independent Problems (HWM/BIOS) 2 cr
BIOS 623 Soil and Groundwater Bioremediation 3 cr
BIOS 624 Microbial Ecology 3 cr
CHEM 535 Environmental Chemistry 2 cr
CHEM 537 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 1 cr
ENVE 504 Engineering Risk Assessment 3 cr
ENGR 589 Principles of Hazardous Waste Site Remediation 3 cr
ENGR 606 Environmental Law and Regulations 3 cr
ENVE 607 Hazardous Waste Management 3 cr
ENGR 608 Waste Treatment Technologies 3 cr
ENVE 609 Treatment of Radioactive Waste 3 cr
ENVE 612 Treatment of Hazardous Chemical Waste 3 cr
ENVE 614 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation 3 cr
ENGR 659 Special Topics in Engineering Science 3 cr
GEOL 520 Principles of Geochemistry 3 cr
GEOL 530 Principles of Hydrogeology 3 cr
GEOL 617 Environmental Geochemistry 3 cr
PSCI 621 Biological Action of Chemicals 3 cr
PSCI 622 Principles of Toxicology 3 cr
PHYS 605 Radiological Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance 3 cr
IEHS 630 Seminar in Emergency Planning and Preparedness 3 cr
GRAD 720 Supervised Internship in Hazardous Waste Management 1-6 cr
Students who have not taken an undergraduate ecology course will be required to complete the ecology bridge course BIOS 521 prior to enrollment in BIOS 587, a required course.
All students choosing this option will be required to complete Hazardous Waste Management Problems BIOS 581, an independent study course.
The College of Engineering participates as an academic discipline in the Interdisciplinary Studies program for Hazardous Waste Management. Students may also choose to pursue an environmental engineering major and a M.S. degree in Engineering. The environmental engineering major is based on the hazardous waste management curriculum but requires a more vigorous quantitative curriculum. Please see the Engineering section for more detail on this degree. Students may also choose to pursue an M.S. degree in Engineering with an emphasis in hazardous waste management within two other majors. The latter option is administered through the College of Engineering, and information regarding this option is detailed elsewhere in this Catalog.
Students who have insufficient background to complete the engineering course work included in the program of study will be required to take the engineering bridge course, ENGR 501.
The Department of Political Science will serve only as a secondary academic discipline in this program, with another discipline chosen as the primary field.
Majors in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics or approved interdisciplinary combination of the foregoing may lead to the degree of Master of Natural Science. This program is designed to provide subject matter material for those teaching at the secondary level or intending to do so. Requirements include possession of or pursuit of a standard secondary teaching credential. "Pursuit of a standard secondary teaching credential" shall be defined as follows: The following factors must be completed by the student, or the student must have equivalency in these areas to meet the definition:
l. Meet the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program at ISU including:
EDUC 200 1 cr.
2. Complete or take equivalent courses in:
HE 200 2 cr. CESE 200 2 cr.
HEC 200 2 cr.
EDUC 323 3 cr.
EDUC 333 3 cr.
EDUC 343 3 cr.
Therefore, if a student enters a M.N.S. program with no equivalent coursework in education, the student must take these 16 additional credits in addition to 30 graduate credits in the discipline to receive the M.N.S. degree. This leaves 12-19 credits, including student teaching, to be completed to receive certification in Idaho. Candidates must complete a program of study in one, two, or three of the areas listed. The committee designing the program of study, in consultation with the student, should be comprised of members from each department involved plus a graduate faculty representative. Requirements include completion of a prescribed program of study of at least 30 credits at the graduate level approved by a departmental committee selected by the student in consultation with the student's major professor and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and satisfactory performance on final written and oral examinations. If the student's teaching background is considered to be dated or deficient, a pedagogical component approved by the committee may be included. Pedagogical credits are beyond the 30 hours minimum required in subject matter course work. Courses to be counted toward the degree must be g-designated 300-400 level courses or at the 600 level. At least 22 credits must be taken in residence.
The Idaho State University Family Practice Residency is a postgraduate training program for physicians who have an M.D. or D.O. degree. The program has affiliations with the medical schools of the University of Utah and the University of Washington and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The Family Medicine Clinic, located on the ISU campus, is the outpatient training site with hospital rotations at Bannock Regional Medical Center and Pocatello Regional Medical Center. The Residency will accept four residents per year into its three-year program.
The program is geared to produce well trained Family Physicians to practice in rural Idaho. The curriculum includes family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, emergency medicine, community medicine, behavioral science, rural medicine, orthopedics and other subspecialties. The program is designed to support each individual resident's personal as well as professional growth.
12 weeks Internal Medicine
12 weeks Pediatrics (Inpatient)
12 weeks Obstetrics
8 weeks General Surgery
4 weeks Emergency Medicine
2 weeks Family Practice Center
12 weeks Internal Medicine
8 weeks Pediatric (Outpatient)
4 weeks Geriatrics
4 weeks Gynecology
8 weeks Rural Rotations
8 weeks Emergency Medicine
2 weeks Community Medicine
2 weeks Psychology
4 weeks Electives
16 weeks Internal Medicine (Chief Resident)
2 weeks ENT
2 weeks Urology
2 weeks Ophthalmology
2 weeks Dermatology
6 weeks Orthopedics
2 weeks Sports Medicine
4 weeks Rural Rotations
2 weeks Research
12 weeks Electives
For more information, please contact the Family Practice Residency Program Director at Idaho State University, Campus Box 8357, Pocatello, Idaho 83209; (208)236-4508.
Revised: May 1, 1996