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Master in Natural Science with a Concentration in Environmental Science and Management
Environmental science and management is an interdisciplinary field with elements from physical and biological science. Graduates with a background in environmental sciences work in environmental compliance positions for industry and state and federal agencies. They design and monitor environmental restoration projects, and recommend practices to reduce soil erosion and increase water quantity and quality. The environmental science concentration at Highlands provides opportunities to develop laboratory and field skills, along with technical knowledge, to work to improve the interface between people and their environments. Moreover, the program is unique in its requirement for knowledge about Cultural Resources Management, and the interaction with people of diverse cultures and communities typical of the Southwest. Faculty of the Department of Natural Resources Management are dedicated to improving understanding of ecosystems and the factors that contribute to ecological and human health.
Students can develop individualized programs of study in the environmental science and management concentration congruent with their interests with the advice of faculty. Faculty has research interests in wildlife, plant and forest ecology, aquatic ecology and chemistry, restoration of soil resources degradation, entomology, soil erosion and surface hydrology.
Students work on projects often in collaboration with USDA Forest and Natural Resources Conservation Services, USDI Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service, New Mexico Environment Department, New Mexico Game and Fish, NGOs like the Wind River and Pritzlaff Ranches, and Indian tribes. The rich cultural and natural heritage of Northern New Mexico provide ample project opportunities on the numerous effects of long-term human settlement patterns on western North American ecosystems.
This degree is under the College of Arts and Sciences