Students may follow either of two programs, thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis (Plan B), No later than the fifth week of the second semester of enrollment in the Master's program, each student must submit an approved Program of Study to the Graduate Studies Committee. The advisor and all members of the student's committee must sign the Program of Study. ESGP offers considerable flexibility, enabling students, their advisors, and committee members to come up with a unique Program of Study. Included in the required number of credit hours for the degree ESGP students must choose one core course from each of three areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences from the core course list. This list is subject to change as courses change. Also students must have two semesters of ESGP Seminar (1 credit each semester) to meet ESGP graduation requirements. Students are required to make a proposal presentation during the first year and an exit presentation at the Seminar the term before graduation is expected.