Degree Requirements Department of Environmental Studies, 2007/2008

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 & Conservation
PhD in Environmental Studies


Master of Science in Environmental Studies

MS—50 credits

The MS in Environmental Studies degree, with or without certification, is a 20 month program, requiring a minimum of 50 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 practicum is also required. You are expected to develop basic competencies in the areas listed on the following pages.

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, 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 Biology (grades 7-12) or General Science (grades 5-9) Certification

MS—50 credits

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

Biology Certification Prerequisites
You must satisfactorily complete (“C” or better) the following courses from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution (within the last 10 years) 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, not available at Antioch; CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Chemistry with a lab (not available at Antioch; CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Mathematics (not available at Antioch; CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Physics (may be available at Antioch – inquire; CLEP not accepted)

General 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), or obtain a passing score on an equivalent CLEP exam before you complete your Antioch program:

  • one semester of Basic Biology (molecular and cellular, not available at Antioch; CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Chemistry with lab (not available at Antioch; CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Mathematics (not available at Antioch; CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Physics ( may be available at Antioch- inquire; CLEP not accepted)

Course and Practicum Requirements

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Areas 18 credits
   Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESP prefix
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choose from courses with ESF prefix
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESS prefix
Specialization Area 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)
  • General 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.
  • Electives (4)
32 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 Specialization in Conservation Biology

MS—50 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 (3)
  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESP prefix
Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choose from New England Flora (3)
    OR Field Mammology (3)
    OR Ornithology (3)
Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESS prefix
Specialization Area Requirements

  • Conservation Biology (3)
  • Ecological Research Design (3)
  • Natural Resource Inventory Vegetation or Wildlife (3)
  • Wetlands Ecology (2-3)
    OR Wildlife & Forest Management (2)
    OR Forest Ecosystem Analysis (2)
    OR Wildlife Research Techniques (2)
  • Any additional ESF course (2)
  • Masters Thesis and Seminar (5) or Masters project (3)
  • Practicum and Seminar (8)
  • Minimum of two semesters of practica is required.

  • Electives (5-8)
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 Specialization in Environmental Advocacy & Organizing

MS—50 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)

  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESP prefix
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choose from courses with ESF prefix
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESS prefix
Specialization Area Requirements

  • Organizing Social Movements and Campaigns (3)
  • Non Profit Leadership and Management (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 Specialization in Environmental Education

MS—50 credits

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Courses 18 credits
   Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESP prefix
   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choose from courses with ESF prefix
   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESS prefix
Specialization Area 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 and Seminar (8 – 10credits)
  • Minimum of two semesters of practicum with seminar is required.
  • Electives (5 – 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 Specialization

MS—50 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

   Civic Ecology (6 credits)

  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESP prefix

   Natural Communities (6 credits)

  • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
  • Choose from courses with ESF prefix

   Biosphere Science (6 credits)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESS prefix
18 credits
Specialization Area Requirements

  • Individualized Program Courses (12 credits)
  • Practicum & Seminar (8 credits)
  • Master’s Thesis & Seminar (5 credits)
    OR
    Master’ Project (3 credits)
  • Electives (7-9 credits)
32 credits

Total Credits for MS in Environmental Studies with
an Individualized Specialization

50 credits

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Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation

MS—50 credits

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

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Foundation Areas

   Civic Ecology (Environmental Issues) (6 credits)

  • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESP prefix
  •    Natural Communities (6 credits)

    • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
    • Choose from courses with ESF prefix

       Biosphere Science (6 credits)

    • Earth Systems Science
    • Choose from 3-credit courses with ESS prefix
18 credits
   Specialization Area 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)

   Science OR Natural Communities Electives (4 credits)

  • Additional courses with prefixes ESS or ESF

   Policy Electives (4 credits)

  • Additional courses with prefixes ESP

   Practicum and Seminar (8 credits)

  • Minimum of two semesters of practicum is required

   Masters Thesis & Seminar (5 credits)
   OR
   Master’s Project (3 credits)

   Electives (0-2 credits)

Total Credits for Master of Science
in Resource Management & Conservation

50 credits

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Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies

PhD—81 credits

The doctoral program in Environmental Studies is at minimum 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, the Integrated Essay, and the 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