Environmental Planning and Management Concentration

The curriculum for the M.S. in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Planning and Management prepares students for professional positions in environmental planning and management.

Objectives are to enable students to:

  1. Understand principles and practices of environmental planning and management
  2. Analyze environmental policies in the United States as they relate to environmental planning
  3. Apply tools and techniques (including geographic information systems or GIS) for preparing and implementing effective environmental management plans
  4. Evaluate effectiveness of environmental management plans

Students take two core courses, three concentration courses, and 16 credits of electives chosen in consultation with their adviser. Students can complete a thesis, graduate project, or 240-hour capstone internship as the closure option.

This degree concentration is interdisciplinary and is open to students from all academic backgrounds. Students do not need to identify a research supervisor in advance to apply for this concentration.


Core Requirements
ENS 551Environmental Natural Sciences4
ENS 552Environmental Social Sciences and Humanities4
Concentration Courses
ENS 501Land Use and Environmental Planning4
or ENS 403 Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures
ENS 503Advanced GIS Applications4
or ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
ENS 587Natural Resources: Policy and Administration4
or ENS 483 Environmental Policies: National Environmental Policy Act
Elective Courses
Select electives in consultation with academic advisor before enrollment.16
Required Closure Course4
Graduate Project
Capstone Closure
Total Hours40