Master's in Environmental Resource Management
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Master of Science in Environmental Resource Management
Interest in environmental resource management continues to grow due to the increasingly complex environmental challenges found around the world. Graduates with a master's in environmental resource management are the scientists, conservationists and problem solvers who lead collaborative teams from consulting firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations to solve today's environmental issues.
In addition to the fundamentals of biological and chemical environmental processes, students in are knowledgeable in local and global cause and effect relationships of human activities among the development and use of environmental resources. Students learn how to analyze and manage natural environments for human benefit while maintaining ecosystem health.
Experienced Respected Faculty
Small class sizes bring students and professors together for mentorship and support. Florida Tech professors have high praise from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Students also benefit from an interdisciplinary approach in the master's in environmental resource management program through interaction with science and engineering faculty.
Hands On Learning Experience
Learning extends far beyond classroom studies into fieldwork for the development and application of resource management plans in local wetlands and coastal environments. Due to the university's close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Lagoon and other diverse ecosystems, students in the master's in environmental resource management have access to numerous research labs, centers and institutes to perform research, collaborating with fellow students and professors.
As a leading research university, graduate students pursue research topics that align with their career goals. Both thesis and non-thesis research topics are available in the master's in environmental resource management program. These topics can include natural habitat restoration, remote sensing, biofouling and more. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to engage in studies that make a contribution to the field at the local, regional, state, or national level. Students can get involved in the Student Organization for Sustainability Action, Florida Tech Environmental Club as well as industry internships.
High Tech Facilities
One reason Florida Tech is considered one of the top environmental science schools is the high-tech F. W. Olin Life Sciences Building, a teaching and research laboratory that includes an aquaculture facility, climate change institute and research labs. The four-acre Vero Beach Marine Laboratory and Ralph S. Evinrude Marine Operations Center give students and faculty direct access to the Indian River Lagoon. Students in the master's in environmental resource management program use local wetlands and coastal environments for management related class projects.
Graduates with a master's in environmental resource management find careers with environmental agencies around the world. Interacting with engineers, scientists, managers and politicians, graduates are prepared for positions such as environmental project manager, environmental protection director, environmental compliance manager or federal natural resources consultant.