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Academics

Our curriculum is carefully crafted to give you a general knowledge of environmental science and allow you to concentrate in one of five areas. 

The program is 33 credits and a maximum of six (6) credits of equivalent graduate courses accepted as transfer credits.

Concentration Areas

These disciplines address many of the environmental concerns of the 21st century including climate change and its effects, conventional and alternative energy resources, sustainable development and cleaning up the legacy of soil and water contamination from 20th century industry.

  • Ecology

    Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relationship among organisms and their environment. Ecology is interdisciplinary, including many other subjects such as earth science, population and community ecology, the study of wetlands, biodiversity and more. Career opportunities include wildlife management, academics, environmental consultancy or planning project management.

  • Geology

    Geology is a branch of earth science that includes minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, exploration of hydrocarbons and mineral deposits, geologic hazards, effects of glaciers and climate change. Career opportunities include petroleum geology, science writing and editing, engineering geology, paleontology and oceanography.

  • Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

    Environmental chemistry and toxicology deal with the study of chemical reactions, soil chemistry and atmospheric chemistry. It includes the impact of human activity on the earth and its contents such as toxic wastes and landfill issues. Harmful effects of different chemical, biological and physical agents on the environment will be studied as well as effects of chemical agents including pesticides, fertilizers, and pollutants. Careers opportunities include consulting, academics, specialization in pharmaceutical and petroleum companies, the Food and Drug Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Environmental Remediation

    Environmental remediation deals with the removal of contaminants from water (soil, and sediments. Career opportunities include construction, dredging, hazardous material removal and hydrology.

  • Environmental Policy

    Environmental policy denotes a government's responsibility to follow the regulations and laws pertaining to environmental issues. Career opportunities include urban planning, surveying, cartography, environmental accountancy, and lobbying and policy analysis.

The Gerald M. Friedman Collection

Gerald M. Friedman was one of the pre-eminent geologists in modern time. Over 150 doctoral degrees in geology were conferred upon students at the institutions where he taught. Many of these students have gone on to become government consultants, educators and even executives of energy companies. In early 2010 Dr. Friedman and his wife Sue donated their priceless collection of minerals and rocks to the program for use as a teaching and research tool.