Masters in Environmental Resource Management

8135
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8135 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction:  N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

Program Chair
John G. Windsor Jr., Ph.D.

Environmental resource management has become an area of national and international significance. Resource managers, typically in the public and private developmental sectors, face increasingly complex technical problems that cut across several of the more traditional educational disciplines. In addition to the fundamentals of biological and chemical environmental processes, managers must be knowledgeable in local and global cause and effect relationships of human activities in the development and use of environmental resources. Resource managers must also understand the legal and regulatory aspects of resources management. Recognizing these multidisciplinary needs, the master's degree program in environmental resource management is closely associated with the environmental science program at Florida Tech and includes both university coursework and an internship with a regulatory agency, NGO or private company that manages environmental resources. Graduates are well prepared to effectively interact with engineers, scientists, managers and politicians.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission to the environmental resources management program should have undergraduate majors in science or engineering, or sufficient coursework in the physical and life sciences and engineering to readily understand the fundamental biological, chemical and physical relationships important in environmental resource management. In some instances, additional preparatory work in some areas may be required at the beginning of the program. The prospective student is advised of such requirements before final acceptance. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to arrange for a conference regarding program content and qualifications with faculty and the program chair or other faculty member before arriving on campus to begin an academic program.

General admission requirements and application procedures are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of required and elective courses. Included in the total are 24 credit hours of required courses and internship, and six credit hours of selected elective topics as specified in a master's program plan developed in conjunction with the student's advisor. An internship document is required by the academic unit, and the student makes an oral presentation of the internship assignment to the graduate seminar or a professional society meeting and to the student's internship advisory committee. Thesis or internship registration must be continuous from the initial registration until graduation.

Required Courses
Complete:
  • BIO 5030 Conservation Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Demonstrates the synthetic nature of conservation biology drawing from the disciplines of genetics, population biology, biogeography, ecology, wildlife management, human ecology and natural resource management. Illustrates conservation issues using case studies from a wide variety of global ecosystems.
  • ENS 5000 Environmental Science Seminar
    (each semester)
    Credit Hours: 0
    Reports and discussions of current research and environmental events by graduate students, faculty and visiting scientists. Required attendance for all graduate students.
  • ENS 5001 Global Environmental Problems and Solutions
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes global environmental problems including human population growth, climate change, ozone depletion, deforestation and desertification. Students research specific problems and develop potential solutions.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • ENS 5004 Aquatic Environmental Toxicology
    Credit Hours: 3
    The concepts of toxicology, classifications, kinetics of biological effects, and environmental sampling and testing. Includes the effect of environmental agents on aquatic systems and the fate of chemicals in the environment.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate standing in science or engineering
  • ENS 5009 Internship
    Credit Hours: 0
    Application of environmental resources management principles in off-campus activities designed to give actual experience with planning agencies, regulatory agencies and other related activities. The internship is designed to meet the background, training and career needs of the individual student.
    Requirement(s):
    Department head approval
  • ENS 5700 Introduction to Water Resources
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stresses both descriptive and quantitative surface water and groundwater hydrology, particularly subjects of importance to environmental scientists such as hydrologic budgets, storm water management and groundwater quantity and quality.
  • ENS 5701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes environmental legislation and the impacts and implications of these regulations on society. Emphasizes environmental impact analysis and environmental impact statement preparation methods.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate standing in science or engineering
  • OCN 5210 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    The chemical composition and important reactions along the global water cycle including rain, soil and groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries and seawater. Includes weathering, redox processes, carbonate equilibria and nutrients, and lab exercises.
Electives
Complete:
  • BUS 4425 Environmental and Urban Planning
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the concepts and implementation strategies for productive urban and environmental planning.
    Requirement(s):
    Senior standing or prerequisite course
  • BUS 4426 Environmental and Resource Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the behavioral sources of environmental problems. Includes property rights, externalities, cost-benefit analysis, depletable and recyclable resources, pollution control, population growth, sustainable development, ecotourism and environmental justice.
  • CVE 4000 Engineering Economy and Planning
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents economic evaluation of engineering alternatives. Includes time value of money, replacement alternatives, benefit/cost analysis, minimum cost analysis, depreciation, taxes and inflation.
    Requirement(s):
    Junior standing
  • EDS 5430 Methods for Environmental Problems and Issue Investigation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on skills for analyzing, investigating and evaluating environmental problems and issues. Students practice these skills and apply them in an investigation on a selected problem/issue. Other topics include skill-based teaching strategies and emphasis on these skills in programs and print materials.
  • ENS 4001 The Earth System: Science, Engineering, Management and Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a series of seminar-style presentations by faculty, invited lecturers and students. Covers holistically understanding Earth as a system and the complexities of interactions between the near-Earth space environment, the solid Earth, the fluid Earth and the living Earth including humankind.
  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Presents case studies from environmental and geoscience applications.
  • ENS 5010 Environmental Optics and Remote Sensing
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes methods for collecting and analyzing field and laboratory optical data related to water and plant canopies in detail. The methods covered via lectures and assignments are related to their use in remote sensing of the environment.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • ENS 5101 Introduction to Air Pollution
    Credit Hours: 3
    Origin, fate, effects and distribution of air pollutants. Includes dispersion modeling, legislation, source control and monitoring.
  • ENS 5600 Radiation and Environmental Protection
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the sources and mechanisms that create environmental radiation hazards and methods for detection and measurement of radiation and a study of the biological effects of radiation. Develops methods of protection and decontamination.
  • OCN 5801 Coastal Systems Planning
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses systems theory to describe the physical and biological character of the coastal zone. Concepts and techniques in planning and management are the basis for the study of the use of coastal resources for recreation, transportation and waste disposal.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate standing in science or engineering, or instructor approval

Note: Electives listed above are accepted in both environmental resource management and coastal zone management master's degree programs.