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Environmental Studies

Center for Environmental, Earth, and Space Studies
College of Social and Natural Sciences
Sattgast Hall 218-755-2920


Graduate Faculty

Dr. Patrick Welle (Director), Dr. Dragoljub Bilanovic, Dr. Fu-Hsian Chang, Dr. Tim Kroeger, Dr. Steven Spigarelli

Note: Graduate faculty from the following programs also participate in the teaching and research associated with this program: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Sociology.


Degree Offered

Master of Science - Environmental Studies

Specializations:

Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Ecology
Environmental Management
Environmental Policy and Planning
Environmental Toxicology
Geohydrology


Master of Science - Environmental Studies

The Master of Science program accommodates individual student needs and backgrounds and provides students with several curricular and research opportunities. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the natural and social sciences as they relate to environmental problem solving. Each graduate student is required to select a specialization, complete course work requirements, and conduct a research project leading to a thesis.

Center for Environmental, Earth, and Space Studies (CEESS)

The CEESS provides a focus for (1) applied environmental research by faculty and students and (2) the interdisciplinary academic Environmental Studies program. Applied environmental research in the CEESS focuses on both generic and regional problems related to pollution impacts and abatement, and natural resource utilization and protection. Special features of the Center include: laboratories and equipment devoted to ecological, chemical, microbiological, and toxicological studies. Working with the CEESS, students have opportunities to interact with authorities across disciplines through seminars, conferences, and cooperative research.


Preparation Requirements

Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited U.S. or approved international college or university, with course work equivalent to a major or minor in the natural or social sciences. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) total score of 1600 or higher (Verbal + Quantitative + Analytical), and Verbal score of 450 or higher.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree requirements.
The Graduate Record Examination General Test is required of all applicants.

Course Work Requirements

I. Required Core

ENVR 6010 Research in the Natural Sciences (2 credits)
ENVR 6890 Grants and Contracts (2 credits)
ENVR 6920 Directed Group Study: Seminar (2,2) (4 credits)
ENVR 6990 Thesis (6 credits)
SCI 6350 Computer Applications in Statistics (3 credits)

Subtotal 17 Credits

II. Required Specializations - Select one

  1. Environmental Chemistry
    ENVR 5050 Geochemistry (3 credits)
    ENVR 5101 Environmental Chemistry I (3 credits)
    ENVR 5102 Environmental Chemistry II (3 credits)
    ENVR 5220 Sampling and Analysis (4 credits)
    Approved Electives (5 credits)
  2. Environmental Ecology
    BIOL 5615 Advanced Ecology (3 credits)
    BIOL 5620 Conservation Biology (3 credits)
    ENVR 5400 Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)
    ENVR 5500 Environmental Toxicology (4 credits)
    Approved Electives (5 credits)
  3. Environmental Management
    ENVR 5200 Wastewater Treatment (3 credits)
    ENVR 5230 Air Pollution Technology (4 credits)
    ENVR 5240 Waste Management (4 credits)
    ENVR 5300 Environmental Management and Safety (3 credits)
    Approved Electives (4 credits)
  4. Environmental Policy and Planning
    BIOL 5620 Conservation Biology (3 credits)
    ECON/ENVR 5040 Environmental Economics (3 credits)
    POL 5230 Environmental Politics (3 credits)
    Approved Electives (9 credits)
  5. Environmental Toxicology
    ENVR 5101 Environmental Chemistry I (3 credits)
    ENVR 5220 Sampling and Analysis (4 credits)
    ENVR 5260 Risk Assessment and Auditing (3 credits)
    ENVR 5500 Environmental Toxicology (4 credits)
    Approved Electives (4 credits)
  6. Geohydrology
    ENVR 5050 Geochemistry (3 credits)
    ENVR 5220 Sampling and Analysis (4 credits)
    GEOL 5211 Hydrogeology I (3 credits)
    GEOL 5212 Hydrogeology II (3 credits)
    Approved Electives (5 credits)

 Subtotal 18 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 35 Credits

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT

All graduate students in Environmental Studies are required to demonstrate competency in the computer application of statistics. This requirement is to be satisfied by the completion of the following course with a grade of B or better: SCI 6350 Computer Applications in Statistics, 3 credits.


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