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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

PDF of Environmental Studies

Graduate Faculty

Dr. William Sea, Dr. Carl Isaacson (CSS Chair), Dr. Miriam Rios-Sanchez, Dr. Paul Kivi, Dr. Michael Murray, Dr. Corrie Santos, Dr. Anna Carlson, Dr. Jeffrey Ueland, Dr. Mark Lawrence, Samantha Jones

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.


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 student should contact a faculty member in the Center for Sustainability Studies to identify potential projects. Once accepted into the program students will complete course work requirements and either a thesis (for the thesis option) or internship (for the non-thesis option).

Center for Sustainability Studies

The Center for Sustainability Studies (CSS) provides a focus for (1) applied environmental work by faculty and students and (2) the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program. Applied environmental research in the Center focuses on global and regional environmental problems. CSS has the instrumentation and faculty specialization to work on a variety of natural science and sustainability-oriented projects. Graduate students in CSS have both thesis and non-thesis options in pursuing a masters degree. The thesis pathway is geared towards students who want to demonstrate empirical skills through development and completion of a master’s thesis. Students who have completed the thesis track have gone on to Ph.D. programs or employment in industry, government, or academia. The non-thesis track is geared towards students wanting to pursue a professional path and they work on projects in conjunction between the student, faculty, and community partners. To identify which pathway is right for you, we recommend that prospective students contact a faculty member who works in an area of interest to you.