Environmental Management

Add in-depth knowledge and detail

This concentration integrates the competencies of environmental science with management and policy. Students will master the concepts required for environmental management – science, law, policy, economics, and communication – and combine those concepts with robust knowledge of the state-of-the-art tools needed for implementation. In addition to your required MPA and MSES core course, you’ll take 24 credit hours (8 courses) of concentration focused courses.

You will select four of the following courses (12 credit hours required).
  • Fundamentals of Air Pollutions (E 515)
  • Environmental Toxicology (E 520)
  • Forest Ecology & Management (E 528)
  • Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
  • Wetlands Ecology & Management (E 540)
  • Hazardous Materials (E 542)
  • Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (E 562)
  • Natural Resource Management & Policy (R 643)

(12 credit hours required)

You’ll choose your remaining 4 courses from three elective areas; Science-Focused Electives, Law, Management, and Policy Focused Electives, and Tools Electives. At least two must come from Law, Management, and Policy-Focused electives.

Science Focused Electives
  • Water Quality Modeling (E 502)
  • Restoration Ecology (E 534)
  • Subsurface Microbiology and Bioremediation (E 544)
  • Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 554)
  • Toxicology in the 21st Century (E 555)
  • Organize Pollutants: Environmental Chemistry and Fate (E 574)
  • Energy Systems (E 574)
  • Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources (E 591 /R 591)
Law, Management, and Policy-Focused Electives
  • Rick Communication (E 512)
  • Water Law (R 531)
  • Public Natural Resources Law (R 533)
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy (R 643)
  • Environmental Law (R 645)
  • Energy Economics and Policy (R674)
  • Water Policy and Economics (V 550)
Tools Electives
  • Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
  • Applications of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
  • Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
  • Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
  • Negotiations and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
  • Public Program Management and Contracting (M 654)

Gain real-world experience while still in school

You can join the SPEA Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Association, one of many professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.

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