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The Professional Science Master's with a concentration in Environmental Assessment requires students to complete 33 hours of coursework.
Private Sector Track:
Course Name & Number
Public Sector Track:
Course Name & Number
Credit Hours

PMGT 833: Project Management Fundamentals

PUAD 607: Project Management


ENTR 701: Entrepreneurship-Starting Your Own Business

PUAD 845: Public Management and Organizational Change
OR PUAD 854: Innovation and Organziational Change


ACCT 708: Accouting and Finances for Science Professionals

PUAD 835: Financing Public Services
OR PUAD 837: Resource Allocation and Control


COMS 730: Writing & Speaking for Decision Makers
OR COMS 811: Applied Organizational Communication

COMS 730: Writing & Speaking for Decision Makers
OR COMS 811: Applied Organizational Communication

Concentration (12 credit hours)
Course Name & Number Credit Hours
EVRN 616: Environmental Impact Assessment
This course provides an overview of environmental laws and regulations. Additional focus is given to the process described in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Students will learn when NEPA is triggered, the difference between Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Assessments (EIA), and how to write an EIS/EIA. Prerequisite: An introductory course in environmental law, or consent of instructor. LEC.
EVRN 721: Environmental Regulation and Policy
This course provides a survey of the environmental regulations, environmental problems, and environmental solutions that must be dealt with by environmental scientists in agencies and industry. Considers both theoretical and practical/applied aspects of environmental practices.
Select two from:
EVRN 611: Water Quality, Land Use, and Watershed Ecosystems
Water quality issues are integrated with land use planning and the development of watershed management strategies. Interrelationships among the hydrologic cycle, atmospheric deposition, nutrient transformations and pesticide use are examined in regards to stream, lake, and groundwater quality. Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or CHEM 130 and BIOL 414, or consent of instructor. LEC.
EVRN 740: Soil Science for Environmental Assessment
Provides students with a solid understanding of soils in the environment, particularly as it relates to environmental assessment. Topics include soil geomorphology, soil physics/ chemistry/biology, management of soils, and soil contaminants. Prerequisite: CHEM 130 or CHEM 190 recommended or consent of the instructor. LEC.
EVRN 750: Environmental Air Quality Assessment
Addresses scientific, regulatory, and technical aspects of air quality monitoring, including pollutant formation and dispersion, pollution control, national emissions standards, and methods for monitoring pollutants and air quality. Prerequisite: CHEM 130 or CHEM 190 recommended or consent of the instructor. LEC.
Electives  (select 2-4 courses to total at least 6 credit hours)

Possible courses listed below; electives to be taken should be selected with the assistance of advisor.


Course Name & Number Credit Hours
EVRN 510: Advanced Environmental Apps in Geospatial Techniques
This course focuses on applying advanced geospatial mapping and analysis techniques to "real-world" environmental issues. Course content may include lecture/lab time on advanced geospatial topics; a major class project, small-group projects, or individual projects; or half-semester internships with state agencies or campus entities that will culminate in an individual project. The specific nature of projects will be driven largely by student interest and ability, as well as agency/center needs. Prerequisite: EVRN 410 or equivalent course; or permission of the instructor. LEC.
EVRN 656: Ecosystem Ecology
An introduction to the patterns and processes that affect terrestrial ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on understanding nutrient cycles (e.g., carbon nitrogen phosphorous), hydrologic cycles, and patterns of net primary productivity. The role of both natural and anthropogenic disturbances in structuring terrestrial ecosystems is examined in the context of global land-use patterns. Discussion of current research literature will be expected. (Same as BIOL 656.) Prerequisite: BIOL 414 and CHEM 130. LEC.
EVRN 730: Environmental Toxicology
Examines the effects of toxic chemicals on individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Topics include major classes of pollutants, movement, distribution and fate of pollutants in the environment, mechanisms of action, toxicity testing, and environmental assessment. LEC.
BIOS 714: Biostatistics - Fundamental Biostatistics I
First-semester course of a two-semester introductory statistics course that provides an understanding of the proper application of statistical methods to scientific research with emphasis on the application of statistical methodology to public health practice and research. This course focuses on basic principles of statistical inference with emphasis on one or two sample methods for continuous and categorical data. This course fulfills the core biostatistics requirement. Prerequisite: Calculus or Permission of Instructor.
EVRN 745: Environmental Data Analysis and Statistics
Survey of common statistical methods for analyzing environmental data. Includes techniques for environmental monitoring, impact assessment, and site reclamation, as well as methods for handling censored data, time series, and spatial analysis. Sampling design, data interpretation, and presentation of statistical results will be emphasized. Prior coursework or practical experience in statistics is expected. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.
Capstone (3 credit hours)
Course Name & Number Credit Hours
EVRN 815: Professional Science Master’s Capstone
A culminating experience to develop a workforce project, producing a written report and presented orally to a committee that includes an industry member. Students will develop an applied workforce project in the student's place of employment for full time employees or an internship for full time students. The students will document their project in a written report and present their project to the Environmental Studies faculty (2), and the student's employer or representative if practical. LEC.

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