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2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 University Catalog

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Environmental Studies Program

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Program Coordinator

Elaine Lewinnek

Program Office/Website

Humanities 420A

Program Council and Thesis/Project Advisers

John Bock (Anthropology), April Bullock (Liberal Studies), Matt Calarco (Philosophy), Joe Carlin (Geological Sciences), John Carroll (Geography), Peter Fashing (Anthropology), Sara Fingal (American Studies), A. Scott Hewitt (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Volker Janssen (History), Sara Johnson (Anthropology), Danny Kim (Health Sciences), Jeff Kuo (Civil Engineering), Sudarshan Kurwadkar (Civil and Environmental Engineering) William Laton (Geological Sciences), Elaine Lewinnek (American Studies), Craig McConnell (Liberal Studies), Phoolendra Mishra (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Nga Nguyen (Anthropology), Natalie Novoa (African American Studies), Gabriela Nunez (Chicano/a Studies), Jim Parham (Geological Sciences), Nilay Patel (Biology), Andrea Patterson (Liberal Studies), Morteza Rahmatian (Economics), Darren Sandquist (Biological Science), Parvin Shahrestani (Biology), Garrett Struckhoff (Engineering), Nicole Seymour (English), Denise Stanley (Economics), Paul Stapp (Biological Science), Jonathan S. Taylor (Geography), Justin Tucker (Political Science), Robert Voeks (Geography), Jindong Wu (Geography)


The master’s program in Environmental Studies is a broadly based interdisciplinary program that focuses on human interaction with the environment. The program is geared for students entering or seeking to advance in the rapidly expanding environmental field. Because the scale and scope of environmental issues varies from local and practical to international and theoretical, the program seeks to integrate knowledge and approaches from a range of related disciplines in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Topics include sustainability, environmental policy, management, health, pollution, law, philosophy, economics, planning, regulation and education. Given the range of their academic backgrounds, students are encouraged to craft a study plan that meets their own particular career or vocational goals. Students demonstrate their expertise in one of the environmental concentrations by preparing a thesis or project. Students select one of two tracks:

The Environment and Society track addresses the concepts and methods of the social, behavioral and health sciences as applied to environmental policy and planning. Topical concerns include urban and regional planning, environmental health, environmental impact, regulation, law, ethics, economics and environmental education. Students in this track come from many backgrounds, including the natural, health or social and behavioral sciences, or the humanities.

The Environmental Sciences and Technology track deals with applying scientific and engineering principles to environmental issues. Topical concerns include environmental ecology, water and air resources, water management, toxicology and environmental geology. Students in this track typically have a strong background in biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, geography, geology or mathematics.

Degree Description

The Master of Science in Environmental Studies degree is designed to prepare students to enter or advance in careers in the environmental field. The program provides students with a plan of study that integrates knowledge and approaches to complex problems from various fields in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to meet the students’ individual career goals. This highly individualized and transdisciplinary approach provides a distinctive learning experience for Environmental Studies students. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to: analyze environmental issues through social, economic and ecological lenses; apply quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate to environmental research; and utilize information resources and technology to organize and evaluate environmental research.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Master of Science


      Environmental Studies

      Courses are designated as ENST in the class schedule

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