Environmental Science – Program of Study

Environmental ScienceToday’s environmental challenges are increasingly interdisciplinary in nature and require professionals who have a strong foundation in science, are able to think across boundaries, and effectively communicate with all stakeholders. The Environmental Science Track focuses on the analytical aspects at the forefront of today’s environmental fields.

The Environmental Science Track is offered through the College of Mines and Earth Sciences. There are four focus areas within the Track:

  • Environmental Chemistry/Biology
  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Remote Sensing and GIS

Graduate Students in the Environmental Science Track take advanced science courses within these four focus areas and choose electives based on their professional goals. These departments include:

Atmospheric Sciences
Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
City and Metropolitan Planning
Family and Preventive Medicine
Family and Consumer Studies
Geology
Geophysics
Geography
Law
Parks and Recreation
Political Science
Public Administration
Sustainability

Curriculum

The Professional Master of Science and Technology Program consists of four parts, totaling 36 credit hours. Core Science courses are defined based on the focus area chosen (15 credits); courses that develop Advanced Quantitative Skills and Transferable (Business) Skills complete the required course work. The program incorporates a Professional Experience (3 credits as an internship project) for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Core classes (select 1)

BIOL 5460 Plant Ecology
BIOL 5490 Ecosystems
BIOL 5495/ATMOS 5495/GEO 5495 Biophysical Ecology
SUST 6000 Global Changes and Society

FOCUS AREA: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY/BIOLOGY (SELECT 2):

ATMOS 5400 The Climate System
ATMOS 6030 
Climate Dynamics
ATMOS/BIOL/GEO 5495 Biophysical Ecology

BIOL 5460 Plant Ecology
BIOL 5490 Ecosystem Ecology

CHEM 5700 Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 5710 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 6740 Bioanalytical Chemistry
CHEM 7520 Computational Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 7590 Advanced topics in Physical-Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 7700 
Transport and Chemical Analysis

CVEEN 6610 Water Chemistry and Laboratory Analysis

GEO 6370 Contaminant Partitioning for Engineers and Scientists
GEO 6470 Stable Isotope Ecology
GEO 6555 Environmental Engineering Seminar
GEO 6660 
Geochemistry

GEOG 5205 
Regional and Global Climates

FOCUS AREA: ENVIRONMENTAL HYDROLOGY (SELECT 2):

ATMOS 6030 Earth Climate System

CVEEN 5420 Open-Channel Flow
CVEEN 5605 Water and Wastewater Treatment Design
CVEEN 5610 Water Chemistry and Laboratory Analysis
CVEEN 6410 Watershed Modeling
CVEEN 6430 Stormwater Management and Design
CVEEN 6440 Water Distribution Systems Design
CVEEN 6460 Sustainable Urban Water Engineering
CVEEN 6470 Surface Water Quality Prediction and Assessment
CVEEN 6480 Hydrotopia: Water Management in the West
CVEEN 7410 Flood Modeling and Simulation
CVEEN 7430 Advanced Subsurface Hydrology Modeling
CVEEN 7440 Urban Watershed Management

GEO 5350 Groundwater
GEO 5360 Fluid Dynamics of Earth Materials
GEO 5370 Contaminant Partitioning for Engineers and Scientists
GEO 5385 Introduction to Ground Water Modeling
GEO 5390 Solute Transport and Subsurface Remediation
GEO 5690 Aqueous Geochemistry for Engineers and Scientists
GEO 5920 Snow Hydrology
GEO 5475 Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry in Ecology Laboratory

GEOG 5290 Water in Utah
GEOG 9492 Snow and Ice

ME EN 7710 Environmental Fluid Dynamics

FOCUS AREA: PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (SELECT 2):

CH EN 6305 Air Pollution Control Engineering


CVEEN 6470 Surface Water Quality Prediction and Assessment

FCS 6730 Community Development & Environmental Change

FP MD 5969 Special Topics in Statistics
FP MD 6500 Foundations of Public Health
FP MD 6502 International Public Health Issues
FP MD 6530 Global Health
FP MD 6700 Environmental Public Health
FP MD 6702 Advanced Topics in Occupational and Environmental Health
FP MD 6756 Hazardous Substances
FP MD 6952 Readings in Environmental Health

GEO 6390 Solute Transport and Subsurface Remediation

GEOG 5210 Global Climate Change
GEOG 6190 GIS & Environmental Health

FOCUS AREA: REMOTE SENSING AND GIS (SELECT 2):

GEO 6565 Digital Mapping and GIS in the Geosciences

GEOG 6010 Geocomputation
GEOG 6110 Environ. Analysis Through Remote Sensing
GEOG 6130 Adv. Remote Sensing Applications
GEOG 6140 Methods in GIS
GEOG 6150 Spatial Database Design for GIS
GEOG 6160 
Spatial Modeling with GIS
GEOG 6180 
Advanced Applications in GIS
GEOG 6190 GIS & Environmental Health
GEOG 6440 
Applied Remote Sensing Seminar
GEOG 6445 Remote Sensing of Vegetation
GEOG 6450 
Wildfires: Fuels, Fires, and Impacts

Electives

COMMUNICATION AND POLICY:

CMP 6360 Environmental Planning Law and Policy
CMP 6370/GEO 6340 System Dynamics and Environmental Policy
CMP 6371/GEO 6341 Complexity and Systems Thinking

COMM 6360 Environmental Communication
COMM 7200 Seminar: Environmental Communication

FCS 6730 Community Development & Environmental Change

GEOG 5210 Global Climate Change
GEOG 5350 Public Lands and Environmental Policy
GEOG 5360 Ocean Environments
GEOG 5385 Environmental Assessment and Impact Analysis

LAW 7200 Natural Resources
LAW 7230 
Water Law
LAW 7240 
Environmental Law and Policy
LAW 7250 Advanced Natural Resource Topic
LAW 7260 Environmental Practice
LAW 7280 International Environmental Law
LAW 7774 Environmental Law and Engineering
LAW 7790 Energy Law
LAW 7800 Seminar: Air Pollution Law

PADMN 6322/POLS 6322 Environmental and Sustainability Policy
PADMN 6323 Policy Analysis
PADMN 6965/POLS 6965 Special Topics in Public Administration: 
 Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers
PADMN 6965/POLS 6965 Grassroots Non-Profit Consulting


SUSTAINABILITY:

ATMOS 5400 The Climate System
ATMOS 6030 Climate Dynamics

BIOL 5440/CMP 6610 Urban Ecology

CMP 6380 Green Communities
CMP 6390 
Sustainability Planning

ECON 6250 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ECON 6260 Energy Policy Options for Utah
ECON 7250 
Advanced Natural Resource Economics

FCS 6730Community Development & Environmental Change

FP MD 6530 
Global Health

GEO 6340/CMP 6370 System Dynamics and Environmental Policy
GEO 6341/CMP 6371 Complexity and Systems Thinking

GEOG 5205 Regional and Global Climates
GEOG 5210 Global Climate Change
GEOG 5370 Utah’s Energy Landscape
GEOG 6275 Vegetation and Climate Change

LAW 7240 
Environmental Law and Policy
LAW 7250 Advanced Natural Resource Topic
LAW 7280 International Environmental Law
LAW 7230 Water Law
LAW 7766 Environmental Law: Pollution Control
LAW 7769 Law of Climate Change

PADMN 6322/POLS 6322 Environmental and Sustainability Policy
PADMN 6965 
Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment

Advanced Quantitative Skills (6 credits)

MST 6600 Applied Statistical Techniques

AND one of the following eight courses:

ATMOS 5040/6040 Environmental Statistics

BIOL 6500 Advanced Statistical Analysis for Biologists
BIOL 5910 Mathematical Models in Biology

CHEM 7750 Information Processing

CMP 6371 Complexity and Systems Thinking

GEOG 6000 Advanced Geographical Data Analysis

MATH 5740 Mathematical Modeling

STAT 6003 Survey of Statistical Computer Packages

IconTransferable Skills (12 Credits)

MST 6010 Effective Communication (1)
MST 6012 Accounting and Finance (1)
MST 6020 Leadership and Management (1)
MST 6021 Strategic Planning and Marketing (1)
MST 6022 Production & Operations Management (1)
MST 6023 Entrepreneurship and New Product Development (1)

MST 6500 Scientific Reasoning (3)

electives: 3 credits of graduate coursework from the David Eccles School of Business or an approved elective (contact program director for a list of transferable skills electives)

(Notes: Course availability is subject to change. Subsitute classes may be taken upon approval. Courses may have pre-requisites which are published in the University Course Catalog;  students are responsible for confirming they meet course requirements and pre-requisites.)