In the Center for Sustainability Studies we offer both thesis and non-thesis pathways to a MS degree in Environmental Studies. Both pathways require a set of course work, which is outlined in the graduate catalogue. 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 determine which pathway is right for you, we recommend that prospective students contact a faculty member who works in an area of interest to you, prior to applying to our program. This allows the faculty to make a more informed decision on prospective student’s application. Additionally, working with a faculty member allows prospective students to identify an area of study that is most likely to lead to successful completion of your master’s degree. Below is a descriptive list of Center for Sustainability Studies faculty who are actively advising graduate students:
Anna Carlson: Policy and Planning with a particular interest in sustainability and renewable energy development.
Carl Isaacson: Water quality with particular interest in how people’s actions impact the functioning and health of aquatic systems.
Samantha Jones: Dendrochronology and local forest dynamics.
Afsoon Kazerouni: Environmental Geochemistry and coupling of geology and geochemistry in sandstones.
Paul Kivi: Environmental Economics
Mark Lawrence: Community planning with a broad coalition of environmental professionals.
Michael Murray: Economics with a focus on public policies targeting full employment, production theory, structural and technological change, and its impacts on employment.
Miriam Rios-Sanchez: Remote sensing and digital elevation model techniques for geological sciences, regional groundwater exploration, aquifer elevation management and natural hazards.
Cornelia Santos: Indigenous Environmental Studies; how people interact and relate to their environment.
Bill Sea: Resource management with a focus on environmental change on northern forests, remote sensing of near-surface hydrology, and managing resilience of southeast Asian wetlands subject to environmental change.
Jeff Ueland: Applying GIS and spatial methodologies with a particular focus on changes in land cover of wetlands at various scales, broad-scale climate changes, spatial and Bayesian statistical methods, and complex adaptive systems.
Please contact any faculty member you are interested in working with, we look forward to meeting and talking to you.