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Masters of Science in Natural Science

Biology Concentration | Environmental Science and Management Concentration | Geology Concentration | Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Master of Science in Natural Science

Department of Natural Resources Management 

forestry_we_martinezThe Natural Resources Management (NRM) Department includes the disciplines of Environmental Geology and Forestry that work collaboratively to provide opportunities for graduate students to attain an exceptional education in natural resources management. Areas of study focus on understanding natural and man-made environments and sustaining the health of humans as well as organisms and ecosystems on which humans depend for water, air, soils,  with concentrations in Environmental Science & Management and Geology. The concentrations share a core set of foundational courses after which students develop individualized programs of study (coursework plus independent research) that incorporate each student’s distinctive background, educational goals, and career objectives. Students gain experience in the design, execution, and reporting of scientific research by completing a master’s thesis (thesis option) or an independent study/research project (non-thesis option). The M.S. Natural Sciences degree provides a unique opportunity for students to broaden their educational experience to include courses from fields they are less likely to encounter at traditional graduate programs as they prepare for employment in the industry, government, or education or entry into doctoral programs.

The Natural Resources Management Department also offers a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graduate certificate. GIS is a computer-based database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis and display of spatial data. The GIS certificate program provides students with a basic proficiency with cutting edge GIS technology that can immediately be applied in the workplace, a highly marketable skill-base when seeking employment, and/or skills for pursuing an advanced degree in GIS. Students who complete the GIS certificate program are prepared to map data for decision-making in business, environmental protection, risk assessment, utility planning and management, emergency response, land use planning, transportation planning, delivery route planning, real estate, crime prevention, and other areas.

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