Degree Requirements Department of Environmental Studies, 2011/2012

MS in Environmental Studies
MS in Environmental Studies with an Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability Concentration
MS in Environmental Studies with a Conservation Biology Concentration
MS in Environmental Studies with an Environmental Education Concentration
MS in Environmental Studies with Science Teacher Certification
MS in Environmental Studies with a Self-Designed Studies Concentration
MS in Environmental Studies with a Sustainable Development and Climate Change Concentration
MS in Resource Management & Conservation
PhD in Environmental Studies


Master of Science in Environmental Studies

MS42 credits

The MS in Environmental Studies degree, with or without certification, requires a minimum of 5 semesters and 42 credits.

All students must fulfill each competency area for the number of credits indicated or submit a request for a waiver form to the Department of Environmental Studies. A minimum of two semesters of an appropriate professional internship is also required. Students are expected to develop basic competencies in the areas listed on the following pages.

Together with your advisor, students will develop a program plan during your first semester which will:

  1. describe planned internship;
  2. list the specific methods to be taken to develop needed competencies;
  3. indicate courses or requirements, if any, to be waived and why;
  4. indicate other special arrangements such as advanced standing, general education requirements which need to be met, etc.

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability

MS42 credits

To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies, you must earn a minimum of 42 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Core Areas

  • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
  • Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes (3)
  • Leadership for Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
12 credits
Concentration Requirements

  • Organizing for Social Change (3)
  • Diversity, Justice and Inclusion (3)
6  credits
Methods

  • Choose from any course designated as “methods” in the competency area
15  credits
Internship and Seminar

  • A minimum of two 3-credits professional internships(3) + (3)
6  credits
Capstone Project

  • Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis or Collaborative Service Initiative (3)
3  credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice & Sustainability

42 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Conservation Biology

MS42 credits

To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies, you must earn a minimum of 42 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed under Each Competency Area

Core Areas

  • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
  • Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes (3)
  • Leadership for Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
12 credits
Concentration Requirements

  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecological Research Design
6  credits
Methods

  • Choose from any methods and concentration courses
15  credits
Internship and Seminar

  • A minimum of two 3-credit professional internships (3) + (3)
6  credits
Capstone Project

  • Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis or Collaborative Service Initiative (3)
3  credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Conservation Biology

42 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Environmental Education

MS42 credits

To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies, you must earn a minimum of 42 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed under Each Competency Area

Core Areas

  • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
  • Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes (3)
  • Leadership for Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
12 credits
Concentration Requirements

  • Foundations of Environmental Education (3 credits)
  • Program Planning and Design (3 credits)
6  credits
Methods

  • Choose from any course designated as “methods” in the competency area
15  credits
Internship and Seminar

  • A minimum of two 3-credit professional internships (3) + (3)
6  credits
Capstone Project

  • Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis or Collaborative Service Initiative(3)
3  credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies
with a Concentration in Environmental Education

42 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with Science Teacher Certification

MS42 credits

To earn the MS degree with certification in either Life Science or Middle Level Science you must meet the general education requirements, satisfy the prerequisites listed below, and successfully complete a minimum of 42 credits, distributed as follows, in the section following the prerequisites:

Life Science Certification Prerequisites

You must satisfactorily complete (“C” or better) the following courses from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution (within the last 10 years of beginning the program) or obtain a passing score on an equivalent CLEP exam before you complete your Antioch program:

  • two semesters of Basic Biology with lab (molecular and cellular, CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Chemistry with a lab (CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Mathematics (CLEP accepted)
  • semester of Physics (not available at Antioch; CLEP test not offered by ETS)

Middle Level Science Prerequisites

In addition to a solid academic background in at least one science area, you must satisfactorily complete (“C” or better) the following courses from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution (within the last 10 years of beginning the program), or obtain a passing score on an equivalent CLEP exam before you complete your Antioch program:

  • one semester of Basic Biology with lab (molecular and cellular, CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Chemistry with a lab (CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Mathematics (CLEP accepted)
  • semester of Physics (not available at Antioch; CLEP test not offered by ETS)
  • Course and Internship RequirementsRequired Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area
    Core Areas
  • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
  • Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes (3)
  • Leadership for Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)

12 creditsConcentration Requirements

  • Curriculum Design (3)
  • Problem Solving and Inquiry-Based Science Teaching (3)

6  credits

Required Methods Courses

  • Conceptual & Human Development (3)
  • Foundations of Science & Environmental Education (3)
  • Science Teaching Methods (3)
  • School Law (1)
  • Teaching Exceptional Children (2)

12  creditsAdditional Methods course selections

  • Choose from any course designated as “methods” in the competency area

6  creditsCapstone Project

  • Student Teaching Internship and Seminar (6)
  • A full-time, 15-week student teaching internship at an approved site in the subject of your certification tract

6  credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with
Science Teacher Certification

42 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Self-Designed Studies

MS42 credits

This program is designed for students with strong academic backgrounds in their concentration and significant work experience in the environmental field. Students interested in self-designed studies must submit a program title, description, and course plan to the Director of Self-Designed Studies for approval upon matriculation. The approved plan must then be placed in your academic record in the Registrar’s Office.

To earn an MS in Environmental Studies, with a Self-Designed Studies, you must earn a minimum of 42 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed under Each Competency Area

Core Areas

  • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
  • Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes (3)
  • Leadership for Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
12 credits
Concentration Requirements

  • Self-designed concentration course (3)
  • Self-designed concentration course (3)
6  credits
Methods Courses

  • Choose from any course designated as “methods” in the competency area
15  credits
Internship and Seminar

  • A minimum of two 3-credit professional internships (3) +
    (3)
6  credits
Capstone Project

  • Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis or Collaborative Service Initiative (3)
3  credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with
a Concentration in Self-Designed Studies

42 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change

MS42 credits

To earn an MS in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change, you must earn a minimum of 42 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed under Each Competency Area

Core Areas

  • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
  • Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes (3)
  • Leadership for Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
12 credits
Concentration Requirements

  • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation (3)
  • Environmental Assessment Techniques (3)
6  credits
Methods Courses

  • Choose from any course designated as “methods” in the competency area
    Electives
15  credits
Internship and Seminar

  • A minimum of two 3-credit professional internships (3) +
    (3)
6  credits
Capstone Project

  • Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis or Collaborative Service Initiative (3)
3  credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with
a Concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change

42 credits

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Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation

MS30 credits

To earn the MS degree in Resource Management & Conservation you must earn a minimum of 30 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed under Each Competency Area

RMC Concentration Requirements

  • Building Sustainable Organizations (3)
  • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation (3)
  • Energy and Materials Sustainability (3)
  • Financial Administration (3)
  • Leadership for Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
  • Proposal Writing and Project Management (3)
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Techniques (3)
24 credits
Collaborative Service Initiative (3) 3  credits
Methods Courses

  • Choose from any course designated as “methods” in the competency area (3)
3  credits

Total Credits for Master of Science
in Resource Management & Conservation

30 credits

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Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies

PhD79 credits

The doctoral program in Environmental Studies is at minimum a four-year, full-time program composed of four phases. Students are required to attend classes for an 8-day summer session during each of the four phases of the program. They are also required to attend classes on campus four weekends (Friday – Sunday) during the fall semester and four weekends during the spring semester of the first phase of the program; three weekends in the fall and three in the spring of the second phase; and two weekends each semester in the third and fourth phases of the program. These doctoral weekends typically fall on the first or second weekend of each month. The program also requires weekly online work to supplement class time on campus. All of the courses described below are required courses, unless otherwise indicated.

Students have a maximum limit of ten years from the date of entry to complete all degree requirements, including the dissertation, and 79 semester-hour credits beyond the master’s. The student must complete the Service Project, the Integrated Essay, and the Dissertation Proposal before admission to Phase Four (The Dissertation Process).

Required courses are listed under each competency area.

Phase One: Foundation Courses 18 credits
  • Introduction to Research Design (3)
  • Ecological Thought (3)
  • Comparative Ecological Analysis (3)
  • Global Environmental Change (3)
  • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
  • Environmental History (3)
Phase Two: Research Strategies and Learning Domain

  • Research Strategy: Theory, Method, and Design (6)
  • Doctoral Learning Domain and Environmental Leadership I & II (6)
  • Individualized Learning Contract (12)
    • To be selected from:
    • Approved Antioch graduate courses
    • Doctoral Learning Domain Projects (independent studies, formal courses)
    • Reading Seminars
24 credits
Phase Three: Candidacy Projects

  • Doctoral Theory and Practice Seminar I & II (6)
  • Doctoral Service Learning Project (4)
  • Doctoral Integrated Essay (4)
  • Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)
17 credits
Phase Four: The Dissertation Process

  • Dissertation Seminar (3 semesters, 4 credits each = 12)
  • Doctoral Dissertation (2 semesters, 4 credits each = 8)
20 credits

Total Credits for PhD in Environmental Studies

79 credits