Curriculum: Professional Science Master's in Environmental Sciences – Online

45-credit master's program online

The Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Sciences (PSM ENSC) program is offered as a non-thesis degree program only. You’ll have an advisor and graduate committee to review your program of study, provide career and internship advice, and evaluate a final report based on the internship or project experience.

The program includes course work in environmental sciences as well as courses from other academic units on campus.

Environmental sciences core (7 credits)

  • Environmental Perspectives and Methods (3 credits)
  • Environmental Analysis (3 credits)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)

Environmental sciences tracks (10-12 credits)

Tracks, or areas of concentration, give focus and identity to your curriculum and allows for flexibility in response to changing employment demands. You will choose courses listed within one of seven tracks:

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental education
  • Natural resources
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Social science
  • Water resources

Numerical skills (6-8 credits)

Example courses:

  • Algorithms and Data Structures (4 credits)
  • Database Management Systems (4 credits)
  • Research Methods in Social Science (4 credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis in Social Science (4 credits)
  • Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • Oceanographic and Atmospheric Data Analysis I (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (4 credits)

Business core (8 credits)

The course work in the professional core enables you to serve as an integratorbetween the scientific and business communities in industry, consulting, NGOs and government.

  • The Essence of Business – Accounting and Finance (4 credits)
  • The Essence of Business – Management and Marketing (4 credits)

Business and professional electives (6 credits)

Expand your business training in alignment with a particular area of interest with two professional elective classes.

Example courses:

  • Innovation Management (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
  • Bargaining and Negotiation (3 credits)
  • Ecological Policy (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law and Business (3 credits)
  • Design for Environment, Safety, and Health (3 credits)

Internship/project (6 credits)

Internships can take place in a variety of venues, including but not limited to: environmental consulting or engineering firms; businesses involved in land-use planning; NGOs; global organizations; governmental agencies in the public sector such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Forest Service; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the Bureau of Land Management.

During your internship, you’ll will become aware of the costs of protecting resources, career opportunities in the field of environmental sciences, management and policy, and the breadth of the environmental industry in today’s business world.

Your PSM advisor and graduate committee will help define specific objectives for the proposal and help identify potential internship opportunities. However, it is your responsibility to formally initiate the internship with an industry supervisor.


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