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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.

As an interdisciplinary program, there is a broad opportunity for students to build a course of study that aligns with their professional goals. Students may choose to focus closely on one of the four following areas:

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

As part of their studies in the Environmental Science Track, students may take courses from the following departments:

Atmospheric Sciences
Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
City and Metropolitan Planning
Geology
Geophysics
Geography
Law
Political Science
Public Administration
Sustainability

Curriculum

The Professional Master of Science and Technology Program consists of four parts, totaling 36 credit hours. Half of a student’s courses (18 credits) must be graduate level STEM from our approved list of core and elective courses; 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.

Course offerings at the University of Utah are dynamic and some of the classes listed below may no longer be offered or may have been replaced with similar classes; new classes are frequently added and the lists below should not be assumed to be exactly what a future student will encounter.

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 Environmental Engineering Chemistry

GEO 6370 Environmental 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 Environmental Engineering Chemistry

GEO 6350 Groundwater
GEO 6360 Fluid Mechanics of Earth Materials
GEO 6370 Environmental 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: REMOTE SENSING AND GIS
Core Courses (select 3 or 4)

GEOG 6139 GIS Fundamentals and Applications
GEOG 6140 Methods in GIS
GEOG 6150 Spatial Database Design for GIS
GEOG 5170 Geospatial Field Methods: GPS and Drones

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 Advanced Active Remote Sensing
GEOG 6140 Advanced Methods in Geographic Information Systems
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 Federal Land Management
GEOG 6275 Vegetation and Climate Change

Advanced Quantitative Skills (5-6 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 6110 Business Development for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6200 Professional Development for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6210 Operations and Project Management for Scientist and Engineers
(3-credits)

MST 6500 Scientific Reasoning

Electives: students can take 3-6 credits of graduate coursework from the David Eccles School of Business or an approved elective in fields such as communication or policy (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.)