Degree Requirements Department of Environmental Studies, 2005/2006

MS in Environmental Studies
MS in Environmental Studies with Biology or General Science Certification
MS in Environmental Studies with a Conservation Biology Concentration
MS in Environmental Studies with an Environmental Advocacy & Organizing Concentration
MS in Environmental Studies with an Environmental Education Concentration
MS in Environmental Studies with an Individualized Concentration
MS in Resource Management & Administration
PhD in Environmental Studies

 


Master of Science in Environmental Studies

MS50 credits

The MS in Environmental Studies degree, with or without certification, is a 20 month program, requiring a minimum of 50 credits.

In addition to completing a minimum of two semesters of an appropriate practicum, you are expected to develop basic competencies in the areas listed on the following pages. If you enter the program with little or no background in biology or environmental studies you should expect to take the maximum number of credits indicated for each competency area; if you enter with some of these competencies developed through previous experience or training you may expect to adjust your program accordingly, concentrating on areas of special interest. 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.

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

  1. describe planned practica;
  2. list the specific courses to be taken to develop needed competencies;
  3. indicate courses or requirements 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 Biology or General Science Certification

MS50 credits

To earn the MS degree with certification in either Biology or General Science you must meet the general education requirements, and you must successfully complete a minimum of 50 credits, distributed as follows:

 

 

 

 

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Areas 18 credits
   Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Choice from selected courses
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Other selected courses
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Other selected courses
Major Requirements

  • Foundations of Science & Environmental Education (3)
  • Conceptual & Human Development (3)
  • Curriculum Design (3)
  • Biological Concepts (2)
  • Teaching Exceptional Children (2)
  • School Law (1)
  • Problem Solving & Inquiry-Based Science Teaching (3)
  • Science Teaching Methods (3)
  • Practicum & Seminar (2)
  • Student Teaching & Seminar (6)
    A full-time, 15-week student teaching practicum at an approved site in the subject of your certification track.
28 credits
Electives 4 credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies
with Biology or General Science
Teacher Certification

50 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Conservation Biology Concentration

MS50 credits

To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies, you must earn a minimum of 50 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Courses 18 credits
Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Choice from selected courses
Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choice from selected courses
Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Other selected courses
Major Requirements

  • Conservation Biology (3)
  • Ecological Research Design (3)
  • Natural Resource Inventory Vegetation or Wildlife (3)
  • Wetlands Ecology (2)
    OR Wildlife & Forest Management (2)
    OR Forest Ecosystem Analysis (2)
  • Any additional ESF course (2)
  • Masters Thesis and Seminar (4)
  • Practicum and Seminar (8)
    Minimum of two semesters of practicum with practicum seminar.
  • Electives (7)
32 credits

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

50 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Environmental Advocacy & Organizing Concentration

MS50 credits

To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies, you must earn a minimum of 50 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Areas 18 credits
   Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Choice from selected courses
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choice from selected courses
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choice from selected courses
Major Requirements

  • Organizing Social Movements and Campaigns (3)
  • Organizational Leadership (3)
  • Diversity and Coalition-Building (3)
  • Advocacy Clinic I (3)
  • Advocacy Clinic II (3)
  • Practicum and Seminar (8)
    A minimum of 2 semesters of practicum is required.
  • Electives (9)
32 credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with a
Specialization in Environmental Advocacy & Organizing

50 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a Environmental Education Concentration

MS50 credits

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Courses 18 credits
   Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Choice from selected courses
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Other selected courses
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Other selected courses
Major Requirements

  • Foundations of Environmental Education (3 credits)
  • Learning Development & Theory (3 credits)
  • Curriculum Design, Nonformal (3 credits)
  • Environmental Education Methods (8 credits)
    Student selected Environmental Education Methods Courses
  • Practicum (8 credits)
  • Minimum of two semesters of practicum with seminar.
  • Electives (7 credits)
32 credits

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

50 credits

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies with an Individualized Concentration

MS50 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 an individualized specialization must submit a program title, description and course plan to the program director 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, Individualized Concentration, you must earn a minimum of 50 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Areas 18 credits
   Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Choice from selected courses
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choice from selected courses
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choice from selected courses
Major Requirements 32 credits
   Individualized Program Plan (12 credits)
   Practicum with Seminar (8 credits)
   Master’s Thesis & Seminar (4 credits)
   OR
   Special Project (3 credits)
   Electives (8-9 credits)

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with
an Individualized Specialization

50 credits

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Master of Science in Resource Management & Administration

MS50 credits

To earn the MS degree in Resource Management & Administration you must earn a minimum of 50 credits distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Courses 18 credits
   Civic Ecology (Environmental Issues) (6 credits)

  • Choice from selected courses
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choice from selected courses
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choice from selected courses
Major Requirements 32 credits
   Professional Skills (11-12 credits)
  • Building Sustainable Organizations or Management Theory (3)
  • Financial Administration (3)
  • Proposal Writing and the Grants Process or GIS (2-3)
  • Conflict Resolution or Group Dynamics or Dispute Resolution (2)
  • Advanced Seminar in Resource Management (1)
   Biosphere Science OR Natural Communities (4 credits)

  • Additional courses with prefixes ESS or ESF
   Civic Ecology (4 credits)

  • Additional courses with prefixes ESP
   Practicum and Seminar (8 credits)

  • Minimum of two semesters of practicum with practicum seminar
   Masters Thesis & Seminar (4 credits)
   OR
   Special Project (3 credits)
   Electives (0-1 credits)

Total Credits for Master of Science
in Resource Management & Conservation

50 credits

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Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies

PhD&nmdash;81 credits

The doctoral program in Environmental Studies is a four-year, full-time program. Students are required to attend classes for a two-week summer session during each of the four years of the program. They are also required to attend monthly weekend seminars during the first two years of the program, and bimonthly weekend seminars during the third and fourth years. The program also requires a weekly online conference commitment for specific classes. 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 81 to 90 semester-hour credits beyond the master’s. The student must complete the Service Project, and the Integrated Essay, and Dissertation Proposal before admission to Dissertation Candidacy.

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Phase One: Foundation Courses 22 credits
  • Research Design (3)
  • Ecological Thought (3)
  • Comparative Ecological Analysis (4)
  • Global Environmental Change (4)
  • Political Economy of Environmental Issues (4)
  • History of Ecological Consciousness (4)
Phase Two: Research Strategies and Learning Domain

  • Research Strategy: Theory, Method, and Design (6)
  • The Learning Domain and Environmental Leadership (6)
  • Individualized Learning Contract: The Learning Domain (12)
    • To be selected from:
    • Approved Antioch master’s program courses
    • Independent study
    • Online courses
24 credits
Phase Three: Integrated Projects

  • Theory and Practice Seminar (6)
  • The Service Project (4)
  • The Integrated Essay (4)
  • Dissertation Proposal Seminar (4)
18 credits
Phase Four: The Dissertation Process

  • The Dissertation Seminar (9)
  • The Doctoral Dissertation (8)
17 credits

Total Credits for PhD in Environmental Studies

81 credits