Environmental Studies Concentration Curricula

Antioch University New England’s Master of Science degree program in Environmental Studies is designed to strengthen your capacity for interdisciplinary collaboration and leadership, while allowing for you to develop disciplinary depth and career skills through one of six concentrations. The curriculum has five components: core, concentration, and methods courses; internships; and capstone.

Core Courses

Four core courses (12 credits) taken in your first year provide you with a conceptual foundation and broad literacy of social and natural systems for understanding and addressing contemporary environmental issues.

  • Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes
  • Leadership for Change
  • Earth Systems and Climate Change
  • Political Economy for Sustainability

Concentration Courses

Concentration courses provide the conceptual and theoretical foundations in your program concentration.

Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability (ASJS)

  • Organizing for Social Change
  • Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion

Conservation Biology (CB)

  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecological Research Design

Environmental Education (EE)

  • Foundations of Environmental Education
  • Program Planning and Design

Science Teacher Certification (CERT)

  • Foundations of Science and Environmental Education
  • Conceptual and Human Development
  • Problem Solving Science
  • Science Teaching Methods
  • Curriculum Design
  • School Law/Teaching Exceptional Children

Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC)

  • Climate Change: Adaptation, Resilience, and Risk
  • Environmental Assessment

Self-designed (SD)

  • Two courses from the above list of concentration courses

Methods Courses

Three methods courses (9 credits) provide an opportunity to develop a customized skill set that is relevant to your experience and career goals. (Science Teacher Certification students take 6 credits of methods.)

  • Natural Resource Inventory
  • New England Flora
  • Vertebrate Ecology
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental Education
  • Environmental Education Field Techniques
  • Conservation Psychology and Social Marketing
  • Land Use and Community Planning
  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Running Effective Non-profit Organizations
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Restoration and Systems Ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Citizen Participation and Sustainable Communities
  • Field Study Trips

Internships

Six credits of field internship placements with organizations, and/or conducting thesis research.

Capstone

Integrate and apply your course and internship learning through one of four options: an interdisciplinary collaborative capstone project, an individual master’s project, an individual master’s thesis, or a master’s portfolio.

The Role of Environmental Science in Environmental Studies Curricula