Ecosystems Studies Emphasis
Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy
Students who select the Ecosystems Studies emphasis may study general features of ecosystems such as nutrient regeneration, productivity, or trophic relationships. They may also focus on specific questions related to endangered species, predation and competition. Natural, managed, and disturbed ecosystems are examined in classroom and field activities. Studies on aquatic systems take advantage of the University’s location on Green Bay, participation in the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Program, and the on-campus Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. The University’s proximity to large areas of northern forests and the Door County Peninsula provides convenient locations for the study of diverse ecosystems. The Ecosystems Studies area of emphasis prepares students to:
- design and conduct scientific investigations;
- collect, evaluate, and interpret data;
- make responsible decisions to implement appropriate technologies and strategies to solve environmental problems; and
- effectively communicate the results of environmental studies to other scientists, decision makers and the general public.
Graduates typically work as scientists, environmental specialists, or project managers with industry, commercial laboratories, engineering firms, or government agencies, where their work involves analysis, research, consulting, compliance, or enforcement. Students who pursue the Ecosystems Studies area of emphasis are expected to have completed biology courses beyond introductory courses, typically the equivalent to a minor or major in biology (taken elsewhere or prior to entrance). These courses should include an ecology course.
Students who pursue the Ecosystems Studies area of emphasis are expected to have completed biology courses beyond introductory courses, typically the equivalent to a minor or major in biology (taken elsewhere or prior to entrance). These courses should include an ecology course.
|Required Quantitative Course||4|
|Environmental Data Analysis|
|Choose one of the following required ecology courses:||3|
|Ecology and Management of Ecosystems|
|Wetland Ecology and Management|
|Additional Courses - complete 9 credits||9|
Choose any combination from the courses listed here or above.
|Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics|
|The Soil Environment|
Environmental Policy and Planning:
|Global Environmental Politics and Policy|
|Public and Nonprofit Budgeting|
|Environmental & Natural Resource Economics|
|Environmental Policy and Administration|
Math and Statistics:
|Social Research Methods|
|Applied Regression Analysis|
|Design of Experiments|
Seminar and Special Topics:
|Seminar in Ecology and Evolution|
|Internship or Thesis Option:||0-9|
|Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy|
or ENV S&P 799