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Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

Requirements


There are two options of degree completion available through the MS in Environmental Sciences program: Non-thesis option and Thesis option. 

Both programs are 39 hours. 



The Non-thesis option is composed of the following:

3 hours

ENVS 6002: Research topics in Environmental Science

3 hours

ENVS 6100: Research topics in Environmental Management

3 hours

ENVS 6004: Research Methods in Environmental Science

3 hours

ENVS 6800: Community-Based Research Practicum

27 hours

Elective Courses

1.       at least TWO additional classes in the physical/ecological sciences (at least ONE lab/field based course) (6 hours) (see Elective Requirements Item #1 below)

2.       at least ONE additional class in environmental-based social sciences (3 units) (see Elective Requirements Item #2 below)

3.       at least ONE additional techniques class (3 hours) (see Elective Requirements Item #3 below)

4.       An additional 5 courses (15 hours) of graduate level electives primarily in the sciences.  These courses should be chosen in close cooperation with the advisor.

The Thesis option is composed of the following:

3 hours

ENVS 6002: Research topics in Environmental Science

3 hours

ENVS 6100: Research topics in Environmental Management

3 hours

ENVS 6004: Research Methods in Environmental Science

3 hours

ENVS 6800: Community-Based Research Practicum

 21 hours

Elective Courses

1.       at least TWO additional classes in the physical/ecological sciences (at least ONE lab/field based course) (6 hours) (see Elective Requirements Item #1 below)

2.       at least ONE additional class in environmental-based social sciences (3 units) (see Elective Requirements Item #2 below)

3.       at least ONE additional techniques class (3 hours) (see Elective Requirements Item #3 below)

4.       An additional 3 courses of graduate level electives primarily in the sciences.  These courses should be chosen in close cooperation with the advisor. (9 hours)

6 hours

GEOG 6950  Master’s Thesis preparation and writing (6 hours)


Sample Electives

Elective Requirements Item #1: at least TWO additional classes in the physical/ecological sciences (at least ONE lab/field based course). This may be met by taking many graduate level courses (assuming the student has met the prerequisites for each course) including, but not limited to the following (6-7 credit hours):

ENVS 5010: Landscape Geochemistry

BIOL 5455: Comparative Environmental Physiology

ENVS 5280: Environmental Hydrology

BIOL 5460: Environmental Toxicology

ENVS 5731: Mountain Biogeography

CHEM 5010: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

ENVS 6220: Toxicology

CHEM 5110: Advanced Analytical Chemistry

ENVS 5020: Earth Environments and Human Impacts

CHEM 5310: Advanced Organic Chemistry

GEOG 5240: Geomorphology

CHEM 5530: Advanced Physical Chemistry

GEOG 5270: Glacial Geomorphology

CHEM 5700: Environmental Chemistry

GEOG 5720/ENVS 5720: Climate Change: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions

CHEM 5710: Air Pollution Chemistry

GEOG 5995: Travel Study*

CHEM 5720: Atmospheric Sampling and Analysis

GEOL 5030: Environmental Geology

CVEN 5333: Surface Water Hydrology

BIOL 5052: Advanced Ecology

CVEN 5334: Groundwater Hydrology

BIOL 5053: Disease Ecology

CVEN 5335: Vadose Zone Hydrology

BIOL 5154: Conservation Biology

CVEN 5336: Urban Runoff Quality and Quantity Modeling

BIOL 5315: Plant Systematics

CVEN 5343: Open Channel Hydraulics

BIOL 5330: Evolution and Diversification of Plants

CVEN 5344: Unsteady Open Channel Hydraulics

BIOL 5335: Plant Science

CVEN 5401: Introduction to Environmental Engineering

BIOL 5345: Flora of Colorado

CVEN 5480: Hazardous Wastes and Site Remediation

BIOL 5415: Microbial Ecology

CVEN 5481: Sustainable Water Systems Policy and Planning

BIOL 5416: Aquatic Ecology

CVEN 5494: Risk Assessment in Environmental Engineering

BIOL 5445: Applied Environmental Biology

CVEN 5708: Advanced Soils Engineering

BIOL 5450: Marine Biology

 * Inquire about specific courses and course content regarding applicability.


Elective Requirements Item #2: at least ONE additional course in environmental-based social sciences.

This requirement may be met by taking many graduate level courses (assuming the student has met the prerequisites for each course) including, but not limited to the following:

ENVS 5340, Multicultural Science Education

GEOG 5710: Disasters, Climate Change and Health

ENVS 6200: Risk Assessment

GEOG 5990: Travel Study*

ENVS 6230: Environmental Epidemiology

URPL 6500: Environmental Policy & Regulation

GEOG 5220: Environmental Impact Assessment

URPL 6505: Environmental Management

GEOG 5230: Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment

URPL 6510: Energy/Natural Res. Planning

GEOG 5335: Contemporary Environmental Issues

PUAD 5631: Seminar in Environmental Politics and Policy

GEOG 5350: Environment & Society in the American Past

PUAD 5633: Seminar in Natural Resource and Environmental Health Law

GEOG 5420: The Politics of Nature

PUAD 5650: Disaster and Emergency Management Policies

GEOG 5440: Science, Policy and the Environment

 

* Inquire about specific courses and course content as to their applicability.

 

Elective Requirements Item #3: at least ONE additional techniques course. This requirement may be met by taking many graduate level courses (assuming the student has met the prerequisites for each course) including, but not limited to the following:

ENVS 6200: Risk Assessment

GEOG 5091: Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications

GEOG 5060: Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing

GEOG 5092: GIS Programming and Automation

GEOG 5070: Remote Sensing II: Advanced Remote Sensing

GEOG 5095: Deploying GIS Functionality on the Web

GEOG 5080: Introduction to GIS

GEOG 5235: GIS Applications in the Health Sciences.

GEOG 5081: Cartography and Computer Mapping

BIOL 5475: Ecological Methods

GEOG 5085: GIS Applications for the Urban Environment

CVEN 5345: Computational Methods for Water Resources

GEOG 5090: Environmental Modeling with Geographic Information Systems

 

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