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Environmental Studies Curriculum

Posted By Michael Bomford On May 19, 2014 @ 4:33 pm In | Comments Disabled

The Master of Science in Environmental Studies program is made up of 36 credits, including 24-30 hours of coursework, with capstone or thesis project hours making up the remainder. The capstone project is typically less comprehensive than the thesis, so students choosing this option are required to take two additional elective courses. Students interested in pursuing the master’s degree full-time should plan to spend about two years in residence.

Thesis Option

The purpose of the thesis option is to demonstrate the student’s ability to investigate a research topic and report the findings in proper scientific publication style. This enables the student to gain experience in a specific area of environmental studies and to report research results in a publishable document. Experience in literature review, experimental design, data collection, record-keeping, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation are obtained by students completing the thesis option. Students who intend to further their graduate education (e.g. obtain a doctoral degree) should choose this option, because doctoral programs often require students to have demonstrated their ability to successfully complete a master’s thesis. Required courses and thesis topic must be approved by the student’s graduate committee.

Thesis Option First Year

Fall
Hours
Spring
Hours
Total99
ENV 501 - Introduction to Environmental Studies3ENV 503 - Student Team Project3
ENV 502 - Population and Community Ecology3ENV 509 - Biostatistics OR
ECO 501 - Statistical Methods
3
Elective*3ENV 600 - Research3

Thesis Option Second Year

Fall
Hours
Spring
Hours
Total99
ENV 511 - Energy and the Environment3Elective*3
ENV 600 - Research3ENV 600 - Research3
Elective*3ENV 601 - MES Thesis3

Capstone Project Option

Graduate students enrolled in the non-thesis option are required to complete a capstone project as determined by their major professor and approved by their committee. Examples might include a literature review, a public service project, or Cooperative Extension work. A detailed proposal is submitted for approval to the student’s committee before the project is conducted, and a final project report must be approved by the student’s committee before graduation.

Capstone Option First Year

Fall
Hours
Spring
Hours
Total99
ENV 501 - Introduction to Environmental Studies3ENV 503 - Student Team Project3
ENV 502 - Population and Community Ecology3ENV 509 - Biostatistics OR
ECO 501 - Statistical Methods
3
Elective*3Elective*3

Capstone Option Second Year

Fall
Hours
Spring
Hours
Total99
ENV 511 - Energy and the Environment3Elective*3
Elective*3Elective*3
ENV 699 - Capstone3ENV 699 - Capstone3

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