Environmental Science and Management MA

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Department of Natural Resources Management

Dr. Jennifer Lindline, Department Chair
Ivan Hilton Science Center, Room 334
505.454.3176
FAX: 505.454.3202
E-mail: lindlinej@nmhu.edu

 

The Department of Natural Resources Management (NRM) offers an instructional program leading to a master of science in natural science.  Various concentrations are offered within these programs.

The master of science program in natural science has three concentrations: biology, environmental science and management, and geology. Natural science disciplines focus on the health of humans and the organisms and ecosystems we depend on for water, air, fibers, medicines, fuels, foods, and esthetics. Biology, environmental science and management, and geology are disciplines that provide solutions to the on-going problems of people’s alterations of the biosphere.

Programs are designed to be flexible: students can tailor their programs of study and research experiences to their interests and career opportunities. The combined disciplines provide a unique opportunity for students to broaden their educational backgrounds to include courses from fields they are less likely to experience at traditional graduate programs.

Faculty:
Kenneth P. Bentson (Forestry)  Email
Sara H. Brown (Forestry)  Email  |  Bio sketch | Vita
Craig Conley (Forestry)  Email |  Bio sketch
David Hacker (Forestry)  Email |  Bio sketch |  Vita
Jennifer L. Lindline (Geology)  Email  |  Bio sketch  |  Vita
Edward A. Martinez (Forestry)  Email  |  Bio sketch  |  Vita
Michael S. Petronis (Geology)  Email  |  Bio sketch  |  Vita
Maureen Romine (Biology) Email

 

Master of Science in Natural Science,
Concentration in Biology
Required Core Courses: 19 credit hours
BIOL 600 Research Methods in Life Science (3)
BIOL 620 Advanced Topic in Life Science (2/2)*
*Repeated for credit with different subject matter for a total of 4 credits.
BIOL 650 Graduate Seminar in Life Science (1/1/1/1)*
*Repeated for credit with different subject matter for a total of 4 credits.
BIOL 559 Fundamental Principles of Laboratory Safety (1)
INDP 692 Research Ethics and Integrity (1)
Choose two of the following:
BIOL 610 Environmental Physiology (3)
BIOL 640 Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 630 Advanced Microbiology (3)
Core Total: 19 credit hours
 
Thesis Option (15 credit hours):
BIOL 699 Thesis (3)*
*Students register for thesis until complete which may exceed the three credit-hour minimum.
Electives (see list below): 12 credit hours
M.S. Thesis Defense: open seminar and oral defense.
Thesis Option Total: 15 credit hours

Non-Thesis Option (21 credit hours):
Choose one:
BIOL 690 Independent Study (3)
OR
BIOL 692 Independent Research (3)
Electives (see list below): 18 credit hours
M.S. Non-thesis Exam and Presentation: Comprehensive exam (75 percent or better is a passing grade) and formal oral and written presentation of independent study or independent research.
Non-Thesis Option Total: 21 credit hours

Elective Courses
Thesis Option: 12 credit hours
Non-Thesis Option: 18 credit hours
Choose from the following courses in consultation with your adviser. Other 500- and 600-level courses offered in chemistry, forestry, geology, psychology, or other appropriate disciplines may be substituted for electives listed below with approval of your biology adviser.

BIOL 505 Bacterial Physiology (3)
BIOL 510 Functional Genomics (4)
BIOL 515 Biotechnology         (4)
BIOL 522 Plant Physiology (4)
BIOL 523 Molecular and Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 524 Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory (1)
BIOL 525 Marine Biology (4)
BIOL 527 Immunology (3)
BIOL 528 Pathogenic Microbiology (4)
BIOL 530 Livestock Management (3)
BIOL 532 Vertebrate Physiology (3)
BIOL 535 Selected Topics in Life Science (1-4 VC)
BIOL 555 Wildlife Diseases (3)
BIOL 556 Survey of Bioengineering (3)
BIOL 563 Nutrition (3)
BIOL 576 Evolution (3)
BIOL 580 Parasitology (4)
BIOL 581 Developmental Biology (4)
BIOL 585 Endocrinology (4)
BIOL 587 Histology (4)
BIOL 588 Soil Ecology (4)
BIOL 587 Field Botany (2)
BIOL 593 Field Zoology (2)
BIOL 581 Biochemistry 1 (3)
BIOL 582 Biochemistry 2 (3)
Degree Total
Thesis Option: 34 credit hours, minimum
Non-thesis Option: 40 credit hours, minimum

Master of Science in Natural Science,
Concentration in Environmental Science and Management
Required Core Courses: 15 credit hours
FOR 525 Field Safety Practices (1)
BIOL 600 Research Methods in Life Science (3)
FOR 620 Advanced Topics in Natural Resource Management (2/2)*
*Repeated for credit with different subject matter for a total of 4 credits.
FOR 625 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Natural Resource Management (3)
BIOL 650 Graduate Seminar in Life Science (1/1/1/1)*
*Repeated for credit with different subject matter for a total of four credits.

Thesis Option: 13 credit hours
FOR 699 Thesis (1 credit hour minimum)*
*Students register for thesis until complete which may exceed the one credit-hour minimum.

Electives to reach the 13 credit hours required for the thesis option. Electives are chosen with the consent of the student’s adviser.

Non-Thesis Option (Report): 13 credit hours
Students choose from the following for a total of 13 credit hours:
FOR 690 Independent Study
FOR 690 Independent Research

Electives: 9 credit hours
Students are required to take a minimum of three hours from each elective cluster. Courses in biology, chemistry, geology, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines not listed below can be used as electives with the consent of the student’s adviser.

Science Cluster Electives:
BIOL 515 Biotechnology (4)
BIOL 610 Environmental Physics (3)
CHEM 519 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (3)
FOR 500 Surface Hydrology (4)
FOR 510 Forest Management (4)
FOR 515 Dendrology (3)
FOR 516 Soil Science (4)
FOR 522 Forest Pathology (3)
FOR 528 Forest Entomology (3)
FOR 530 Terrestrial Ecology (4)
FOR 561 Atmospheric Science (3)
FOR 553 Toxicology in Life Science (3)
GEOL 515 Remote Sensing & Analysis (4)
GEOL 521 Environmental Groundwater Hydrology (4)
GEOL 522 Genesis & Environmental Impact of Earth’s Resources (3)

Management Cluster Electives:
ANTH 581 Cultural Resources Management (3)
FOR 502 Silviculture (3)
FOR 505 Wildland Fire Management (3)
FOR 510 Forest Management (3)
FOR 511 Mensuration & Biometrics (4)
GEOL 512 Geologic Resources, Law and Environmental Policy (3)
FOR 512 Ecological & Environmental Monitoring (3)
FOR 517 Watershed Management (4)
FOR 520 Wildlife Management (4)
GEOL 518 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4)
SOC 511 The Community (3)
PSY 564 Organizational Behavior (3)

Degree Total: 37 credit hours

Master of Science in Natural Science,
Concentration in Geology
Required Core Courses: 15 credit hours
FOR 525 Field Safety Practices (1)
BIOL 600 Research Methods in Life Science (3)
FOR 620 Advanced Topics in Natural Resource Management (2/2)*
*Repeated for credit with different subject matter for a total of four credits.
FOR 625 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Natural Resource Management (3)
BIOL 650 Graduate Seminar in Life Science (1/1/1/1)*
*Repeated for credit with different subject matter for a total of four credits.

Elective Courses: 16 credit hours
Students, with the advice and consent of the adviser, choose from 500- and 600-level courses in geology, forestry, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or other appropriate disciplines to bring the total number of credits to at least 32 semester hours.

Thesis Option: 1 credit hour minimum
GEOL 699 Thesis (1)*
*Students register for thesis until complete which may exceed the one credit-hour minimum.

Degree Total: 32 credit hours

Graduate GIS Certificate
Undergraduate Prerequisite:
GEOL 101
FOR 105
POLS 151
ANTH 102
Required Courses (16 credit hours):
GEOL/FOR 521            Introduction to GIS and Surveying (4)
GEOL 518 Advanced GIS (4)
GEOL 515 Remote Sensing (4)
GEOL 593 Capstone Seminar (4)
Certificate Total: 16 credit hours