Environmental Studies Course Selection Instructions Spring 2011

Master of Science in Environmental Studies, and Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation courses begin January 20 and end May 6. *Some field courses may run later. Please check individual course descriptions for specific dates and times. Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation weekend program only begins January 14 and ends May 1. *Please see individual course descriptions for specific dates and times. Spring break for ALL Environmental Studies programs is March 14-25. IMPORTANT: It is important that you register according to the instructions listed for your program, concentration and year of entry. Priority registration, which will take place from December 7-14, is given according to these criteria. After December 14, most course registration restrictions will be lifted. Note: If you are unable to gain entry into a course during December 7-14, please try and register again after the 14th. Credit Maximums The academic credit maximum for the Spring semester is 12 credits, including practica, SIS, Master’s Thesis and Master’s Project. If you are going to make alterations to the suggested sequence of courses for your entry date and program, you should meet with your academic advisor to discuss these changes and how they may affect your ability to fulfill degree requirements in the future. Careful course planning is necessary to avoid registering and paying for additional semesters, and incurring additional fees. Course offerings are subject to change from year to year depending on availability of faculty. Competency Areas Competency areas are listed in each course description based on the year of entry and program or concentration area. Please read carefully to make sure the course will fulfill the desired degree requirement.


Students Who Entered Spring 2009 and earlier


Students who have registered for, but not completed ES 699C Master’s Thesis or ES 699A Master’s Project MUST register for ES 699D Master’s Thesis Continuation or ES 699B Masters Project Continuation respectively, each semester until the final Thesis or Project has been submitted and approved.


Students Who Entered Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

Below is a list of Required and Required Alternate (Req Alt) courses and sections for your program major.

Conservation Biology

Please register from the following:

*Spring 10 enterers may need additional course work. Please see your advisor.


Environmental Advocacy and Organizing

Please register from the following: ES 693 Practicum (Sections A-D)

  • Elective credits

Environmental Education

Please register from the following:


Individualized Program

Please speak with your advisor for registration instructions. Select courses from Individualized Program Plan.


Resource Management and Conservation

Please register from the following:

*Spring 10 enterers may need additional course work. Please see your advisor.


Science Teacher Certification

Please register for one of the following:


Students Who Entered Fall 2010

Please Note: The academic credit load for all ES masters programs is 9-12 credits. The maximum credit load is determined by the track you have selected. Please register from the courses, and when indicated, sections listed for your concentration.

Advocacy Social Justice and Sustainability

Please register from the following:


Conservation Biology

Please register from the following:


Environmental Education

Please register from the following:

  • Methods selection

Resource Management & Conservation Weekend Program

Please register from the following:


Science Teacher Certification

Please register from the following:


Self-Designed Studies

Please register from the following: ESC 572 Earth Systems and Climate Change ( Sections D or E)


Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Please register from the following:


Course Schedule


Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm *ESF 510 Conservation, Ecology and Sustainability of the Sonora Desert and Sea of Cortez (Section A) (Pre-trip meetings February 2, & March 2; Post-trip meeting April 27) (Study trip, Monday-Saturday, March 14-26) *ESF 540 Ecosystems of Mount Desert Island (Section A) (Pre-trip meeting Feb 23; study trip May 16-23)


Thursdays 8:00-11:00am ESE 528 Exhibit Design & Environmental Interpretation (Section A) ESS 561 Natural Resource Inventory: Vegetation (Section A) ESS 562 Natural Resource Inventory: Wildlife (Section A) ESS 578 Principles of Sustainability (Section A) 11:15 am-12:45 pm Program meetings. Check Sakai folder for dates. 1:00-4:00pm ESE 544 Curriculum Design (Section A) ESE 548 EE Advanced Topics: Environmental Education & The Built Environment (Section A) ES 510 Geographic Information System (GIS) (Section A) ESF 514 New England Flora (Section A) ESF 512 Vertebrate Ecology: Mammalogy (Section A) (also meets Saturdays, February 12 & April 16, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. No class 4/14) 5:00-7:00pm *ES 693 Practicum Seminar (Sections B, C & D) (January 27, April 28 & May 5)

5:00-8:00pm ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section A) *ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section B) (also meets Saturday, February 26 and April 9, 8:30am – 3:30pm) No classes on February 17 or April 21. TBD * Practicum Seminar for Student Teaching (all sections)


Fridays 8:00-11:00am ES 517 Diversity, Justice and Inclusion (Section A)

ESE 514 Program Planning and Design (Sections A & B) 11:15 am-12:45 pm Program meetings. Check Sakai folder for dates. 1:00-4:00pm ESC 572 Earth Systems and Climate Change ( Sections D or E)

ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section C) ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section D) (1/28 – 4/29, and Saturday, February 26, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm) *ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section E) 1:00-8:30pm * ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section F) 5:00-7:00pm *ES 693 Practicum Seminar (Section A) (January 28, April 29 & May 6) 5:00-8:00pm ES 558 Research Seminar (Section A) *ESPE 595 Land Use & Community Planning (Section A)


Weekend Course Schedule

Note: *Courses below have varied meeting dates and/or times. Please be sure to check the individual course description for the complete meeting schedule. January 15-16, February 5-6, March 5-6, April 2-3 and April 30-May 1 ESAF 500 Financial Administration (Section A) (Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm & Sundays 8:00-11:00am) January 15-16, February 5-6, March 5-6, April 2-3 and April 30-May 1 ESPE 560 Energy and Materials Sustainability (Section A) (Saturdays 1:30-5:30pm & Sundays 12:00-3:00pm) February 12 & April 16 *ESF 512 Vertebrate Ecology – Mammalogy (Section A) February 26 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) *ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section D) February 26 & April 9 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) *ESC 601 Political Economy and Sustainability (Section B) March 14-26 *ESF 510 Conservation, Ecology and Sustainability of the Sonoran Desert and Sea of Cortez (Section A) (Study trip) (See course description for pre and post-trip meeting dates & times) April 2 * Student Research Symposium (Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm) May 16-23 *ESF 540 Ecosystems of Mount Desert Island (Section A) (Study trip) See course description for pre-trip meeting dates & times)