Master in Natural Science with a Concentration in Environmental Science and Management Requirements

The Environmental Science and Management curriculum is set up so that students can tailor their programs to their interests. New graduate students shall meet early in their first semester with their Graduate Committee chair (major advisor), early in their first semester at Highlands, to develop a program of study. Students have the option of; performing research under faculty supervision that results in a thesis (includes final oral presentation and thesis defense), or participating in or implementing a field project or other activity agreed upon by the student’s graduate committee that results in a project final report (includes oral presentation and defense).
Students interested in environmental science careers, or who want to continue their education with advanced studies (doctoral), are urged to emphasize science cluster courses and the thesis option. Students interested in environmental management careers should emphasize management cluster courses. Students interested in conservation or forestry emphases can align their programs to meet educational requirements of federal and state agencies with their graduate committee.

Required Courses (15 hours):
FOR 525 Field Safety Practices (1)
FOR 600 Research Methods (2)
FOR 620 Advanced Topic (2)*
FOR 625 Advanced Quantitative Methods (3)
Biol 650, FOR 650 Graduate Seminar (1)**
FOR 690 Independent Study (VC 1-4) OR***
FOR 692 Independent Research (VC 1-4)***
*Repeated twice for a total of 4 credit hours
**Repeated 4 times for a total of 4 credit hours
***These courses are arranged with faculty to develop a project of mutual interest. They
are not to be used in lieu of thesis credits.
Electives (19-22 hours)
Students are required to take a minimum of three hours from each elective course 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 Graduate Committee.
Science Cluster:
BIOL 515 Biotechnology (4)
BIOL 610 Environmental Physiology (3)
CHEM 519 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (3)
FOR 500 Surface Hydrology (4)
FOR 510 Limnology (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 533 Aquatic Ecology (4)
FOR 561 Atmospheric Science (3)
FOR 553 Toxicology in Life Sciences (3)
GEOL 515 Remote Sensing & Analysis (4)
GEOL 521 Environmental Groundwater Hydrology (4)
GEOL 522 Genesis and Environmental Impact of Earth’s Resources (4)
Management Cluster:
Anth 581 Cultural Resources Management (3)
FOR 502 Silviculture (3)
FOR 505 Wildland Fire Management (3)
FOR 510 Forest Management (3)
FOR 511 Mensuration and Biometrics (4)
FOR 513 Ecological and Environmental Monitoring (3)
FOR 517 Watershed Management (4)
FOR 520 Wildlife Habitat Management (3)
FOR 541 Recreational Resource Management (3)
GEOL 518 Adv Geographic Info Systems (4)
Geol 610 New Mexico Geological Resources and Environmental Policy (3)
Soc 511 The Community (3)
Psych 564 Organizational Behavior (3)
Students may elect to take  500- and 600-level courses besides those listed above with the advice and consent of the student’s Graduate Committee.
Total Hours in Program:
Thesis Option: Required minimum credit hours is 32

Report Option: Required minimum credit hours is 37