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 five focus areas within the Track:

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

Graduate Students in the Environmental Science Track take advanced science courses within these five 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 Consumer Studies
Geology
Geophysics
Geography
Law
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Health
Sustainability

Curriculum

The Professional Master of Science and Technology Program consists of four parts, totaling 36 credit hours. Core science courses and electives are defined based on the focus area chosen (18 credits); courses that develop Advanced Quantitative Skills and Transferable (Business) Skills complete the required coursework. The program incorporates a Professional Experience (3 credits) for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Environmental Chemistry/Biology, Environmental Hydrology, Public and Environmental Health

FOCUS AREA: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY/BIOLOGY
Core Courses (select 1)

BIOL 5460 Plant Ecology in a Changing World
BIOL 5490 Ecosystem Ecology
BIOL 5495/ATMOS 5495/GEO 5495 Biophysical Ecology
SUST 6000 Global Changes and Society

Focus Area Electives (SELECT 2)

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

BIOL 5460 Plant Ecology in a Changing World
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 Isotopes Biogeochemistry and Ecology
GEO 6660 
Geochemistry

GEOG 5205 
Regional and Global Climates

FOCUS AREA: ENVIRONMENTAL HYDROLOGY
Core Courses (select 1)

BIOL 5460 Plant Ecology in a Changing World
BIOL 5490 Ecosystem Ecology
BIOL 5495/ATMOS 5495/GEO 5495 Biophysical Ecology
SUST 6000 Global Changes and Society

Focus area Electives (SELECT 2)

CH EN 6305 Air Pollution Control Engineering

CVEEN 6410 Watershed Modeling
CVEEN 6450 Snow Hydrology
CVEEN 6610 Water Chemistry and Laboratory Analysis

GEO 6350 Groundwater
GEO 6360 Fluid Dynamics of Earth Materials
GEO 6370 Contaminant Partitioning for Engineers and Scientists
GEO 6385 Introduction to Groundwater Modeling
GEO 6390 Solute Transport and Subsurface Remediation

GEOG 5290 Water in Utah

FOCUS AREA: PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Core Courses (select 1)

BIOL 5460 Plant Ecology in a Changing World
BIOL 5490 Ecosystem Ecology
BIOL 5495/ATMOS 5495/GEO 5495 Biophysical Ecology
SUST 6000 Global Changes and Society

Focus area Electives (SELECT 2)

CH EN 6305 Air Pollution Control Engineering


CVEEN 6470 Surface Water Quality Prediction and Assessment

FCS 6730 Community Development & Environmental Change

PBHLT 5969 Special Topics in Statistics
PBHLT 6500 Public Health Systems & Services
PBHLT 6502 International Public Health Issues
PBHLT 6530 Global Health
PBHLT 6700 Environmental Public Health
OEHS 6702 Advanced Topics in Occupational and Environmental Health
OEHS 6756 Hazardous Substances
PBHLT 6952 Readings in Environmental Health

GEO 6390 Solute Transport and Subsurface Remediation

GEOG 5210 Global Climate Change
GEOG 6190 GIS Environmental & Public Health

Remote Sensing and GIS

Core Courses REMOTE SENSING AND GIS (select 3 or 4)

GEOG 6139 GIS Fundamentals and Applications
GEOG 6140 Methods in GIS
GEOG 6150 Spatial Database Design for GIS
GEOG 5170 Satellites, Lasers and Compasses: Field Methods for Geographic Data

Electives Remote Sensing and GIS

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 Geoprocessing with Python
GEOG 6190 GIS Environmental & Public Health
GEOG 6440 
Applied Remote Sensing Seminar
GEOG 6445 Remote Sensing of Vegetation

Sustainability

Core classes for Sustainability (select 3)

ATMOS 5400 The Climate System
ATMOS 6030 Climate Dynamics
BIOL 5440/CMP 6610 Urban Ecology
CMP 6370/GEO 6340 System Dynamics and Environmental Policy
GEOG 5205 Regional and Global Climates
GEOG 5210 Global Climate Change
GEOG 5370 Utah’s Energy Landscape
GEOG 5385 Environmental Assessment and Impact Analysis
GEOG 6275 Vegetation and Climate Change

COMMUNICATION AND POLICY (students can select up to 6 credit hours from the options below):

CMP 6360 Environmental Planning Law and Policy

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

COMM 6360 Environmental Communication
COMM 7200 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

Advanced Quantitative Skills (6 credits)

MST 6600 Applied Statistical Techniques

AND one of the following eight courses:

BIOL 6500 Advanced Statistical Modeling for Biologist
BIOL 5910 Mathematical Models in Biology

CHEM 7750 Information Processing

PBHLT 6100 Biostatistics I

PH TX 6680 Statistical Methods for Pharmacological Research

MATH 5740 Mathematical Modeling

STAT 6003 Survey of Statistical Computer Packages

GEOG 6161 Capstone in Geographic Information Science

 

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)

Professional Experience Project (3 Credits)

An essential component of the PMST degree is a Professional Experience Project (internship) working with a local company, government agency or non-profit organization. These activities engage students in real-world work situations involving technical problems, teamwork, communication skills, and decision-making.

(Notes: Course availability is subject to change. Substitute 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.)