Environment and Society  

In this foundation, students will obtain foundational knowledge of core theories and methods in the following domains of integrated social and environmental sciences: Coupled natural and human systems, cultural models of the environment, political ecology, participation and governance, ecological economics, and environmental ethics.  Students will develop scholarship and practice in social science aspects of couples natural human systems that includes critical thinking, written and verbal communication, and practice in interdisciplinary fieldwork to hone skills in data collection and analysis, consensus building, and stakeholder analysis. 

Prerequisites: 

  1. Two Introductory Science courses
  2. Two Advanced Science courses
  3. Two Quantitative courses 
  4. Two Foundation relevant courses

Courses & Other Requirements (M.S. & Ph.D) 

  1. Foundational Course: MEES 620 – Coupled Human & Natural Systems 
  2. A minimum of three Professional Development courses from the four subject areas, including a course in Applied Environmental Sciences.
    • Applied Environmental Sciences (*required)
    • Scientific Communication
    • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Environmental Statistics
  3. One seminar for each year in residence of the program (up to 4)
  4. Elective courses approved by the student's advisory committee including at least one 700 level course. 

For information regarding faculty members who are associated with Environment and Society, see the link below. 


Earth & Ocean Sciences 

Earth and Ocean Sciences is an interdisciplinary field incorporating fundamental and applied studies of the land-estuarine-ocean system.  Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the movement and transformation of materials and energy between mountain headwater and estuarine, coastal, and oceanic systems, including geomorphology and landscape dynamics, physical circulation and transport, chemical transformation, and biological reaction. This foundational area also includes elements of environmental chemistry, geochemistry, hydrology, and toxicology to help understand and predict the fate and effects of nutrients and contaminants in the environment. In Earth and Ocean Sciences, we use a wide variety of techniques and approaches, including observing platforms and numerical models to investigate processes in each sub-system, build connections across systems, understand processes at multiple spatial scales, and to foster interdisciplinary educational experiences for graduate students.

Prerequisites: 

  1. Two Introductory Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology)
  2. Two Advanced Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology)
  3. Two Quantitative courses (Calculus, Statistics, or Computer Programming)
  4. Two Foundation relevant courses

Courses & Other Requirements (M.S. & Ph.D) 

  1. Foundational Course: MEES 640 – Interconnected Earth Systems: Land, Ocean, and Estuary. 
  2. A minimum of three Professional Development courses from the four subject areas, including a course in Applied Environmental Sciences.
    • Applied Environmental Sciences (*required)
    • Scientific Communication
    • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Environmental Statistics
  3. One seminar for each year in residence of the program (up to 4)
  4. Elective courses approved by the student's advisory committee including at least one 700 level course. 

For information regarding faculty members who are associated with Environment and Society, see the link below. 

ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS 

The Ecological Systems Foundation encompasses a broad array of topics and scales of research, all with the fundamental perspective that understanding the interactions between organisms and their environment leads to valuable scientific discovery and application. From genes to ecosystems and from the mountains to the seafloor, previous student research in this area has included development of techniques in landscape ecology, ecological genomics and fisheries stock assessment.  Tools developed over the course of a graduate student career may include sophisticated field and laboratory studies as well as analytical and simulation modeling.  Faculty supporting this foundation are actively conducting research around the globe from the Arctic and Australia to continental areas such as the American Midwestern prairie and the iconic Chesapeake Bay.  Our faculty draw from the traditions of individual, population, community, and ecosystem approaches, providing students with depth in their individualized training even as the curriculum promotes access to a variety of ecological perspectives.  We are committed to training the future leading scientists and professionals in all aspects of ecology.  Students interested in pursuing ecological research or engaging in cross-disciplinary research that bridges to each of the other three Foundational Areas are strongly encouraged to explore graduate work with us. 

Prerequisites: 

  1. Two Introductory Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology)
  2. Two Advanced Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology)
  3. Two Quantitative courses (Calculus, Statistics, or Computer Programming)
  4. Two Foundation relevant courses

Courses & Other Requirements (M.S. & Ph.D) 

  1. Foundational Course: MEES 660 – Ecological Systems
  2. A minimum of three Professional Development courses from the four subject areas, including a course in Applied Environmental Sciences
    • Applied Environmental Sciences (*required)
    • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Scientific Communication
    • Environmental Statistics
  3. One seminar for each year in residence of the program (up to 4)
  4. Elective courses approved by the student's advisory committee including at least one 700 level course. 

For information regarding faculty members who are associated with Ecological Systems, see the link below. 

Environmental Molecular Science & Technology 

 

This foundation encompasses research topics that include current molecular approaches to study biodiversity, bioremediation, food chains, discovery of drugs and enzymes from marine microbes and macoorganisms, sustainable aquaculture, biofuels, biogeochemistry of carbon cycling, and genomics/metabolomics or marine organisms.  An entrepreneurship program is available for translation of scientific research into start-up business through development of business plans and formation of biotechnology start up companies.  

Prerequisites: 
A Bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, life sciences, bioengineering or related discipline, including a minimum grade of C in the following courses:

  1. Four semesters of Biology, including Biochemistry
  2. Two semesters of Physics
  3. Four semesters of Chemistry
  4. Two semesters of Calculus
  5. Two semesters of Molecular Biology/Molecular Genetics are recommended 

Courses & Other Requirements (M.S. & Ph.D) 

  1. Foundational Course: MEES 680- Cell and Molecular Biology for Environmental Scientists - Genes to Ecosystems
  2. A minimum of three Professional Development courses from the four subject areas, including a course in Applied Environmental Sciences
    • Applied Environmental Sciences (*required) 
    • Responsible Conduct of Research 
    • Scientific Communication
    • Environmental Statistics
  3. One seminar for each year in residence of the program (up to 4)
  4. Elective courses approved by the student's advisory committee including at least one 700 level course. 

For information regarding faculty members who are associated with Environment and Society, see the link below.