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  • Curriculum: Applied Research Track

    Core

    EM 500: ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATIONS AND PRINCIPLES (5 Credits)

    This course will explore the history of environmentalism and the issues, ethics, and economics surrounding the foundation of current environmental policy and management. Students will assess how environmental and resource issues have influenced economic development and societal growth, and the interdisciplinary connectedness of science, policy, and advocacy in environmental decision making and management. Both local and global ecosystems will be addressed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 520: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (5 Credits)

    This course examines United States environmental law and policy and its development, implementation, and enforcement. The perspective and impact of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches will be explored as well as their impact on environmental law and policy. Students will discuss the purpose, context, and implications of the most important laws, regulations, and court cases including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The course will examine important constitutional principles in substantive and procedural law as well as significant environmental laws and approaches.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 530: ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT II (5 Credits)

    This course explores the basic concepts of risk assessment, processes, and procedural methods to evaluate and critique scientific information. Students will explore the growing importance of the analysis of risk in regulatory decision making. Students learn how to balance the costs and benefits of risk reduction and how to account for the uncertainties in risk estimates. Additionally, students are introduced to terminology and concepts necessary in risk communication.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 650: ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANALYSIS (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on the analysis of environmental policy and approaches to problem solving. Students will study different types of criteria that stakeholders utilize in the policy development process, performance measurements, and assessment of environmental policy and program evaluation.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500 and EM 520

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 504: APPLIED RESEARCH IN LEGAL STUDIES (5 Credits)

    In the first of two courses in applied research in legal studies, students will be introduced to applied research within the profession, which encourages adoption of the role of a reflective practitioner who seeks to simultaneously understand and change the professional setting. Students will examine the history of applied research and the intersection of applied research and experimental research. This study allows participants to develop an understanding of the processes and how they can impact their own professional setting.

    Prerequisites Required: Third to last term

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (5 Credits)

    Writing effectively and accurately is a necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students is designed to prepare students for the demands of academic and professional writing in their coursework, professional career, and for their final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to communicate complex and difficult material clearly to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert readers, and write for the kinds of audiences that they will encounter as professionals and who rely on the words on the page to make meaning. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and sentence level. Students will gain an understanding of audience and purpose, as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. Emphasis is placed on citing and quoting primary materials, organization strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage so that students hone and fine-tune their writing skills.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    PP 510: LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (5 Credits)

    Students will study leadership within the public sector and the application of ethical and leadership principles to decision making, actions, and interactions within public administration. Topics covered may include: organizational behavior, interest-based negotiation, leading networks, mediation, and leadership style.

    Prerequisites Required: PP 500 or enrollment in the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Master of Science in Environmental Policy, or Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Services program

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 698: APPLIED RESEARCH (5 Credits)

    Students experience the art and science of applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical extension of professional practice. Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions. Students will design a research plan for their own applied research project. 

    Prerequisites Required: LS 504 

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Electives

    SC 540: BIOLOGY OF POLLUTION (5 Credits)

    Biology of Pollution will assess the interactions between environmental pollutants and the biotic systems they affect. Specific situations where pollutants have affected various biota, such as plants, birds, and mammals, will be analyzed and strategies will be formulated on how to approach these situations. The effects of pollution on both aquatic and terrestrial populations, communities, and ecosystems will be assessed.  

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 550 : CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES (5 Credits)

    This course will examine concepts of natural resources and conservation, and explore how economics, ethics, and ecology can be applied to natural resource management, both in the United States and globally. Students are challenged to apply concepts learned to address the managing of natural resources in a number of regional and global contexts. Management issues relating to freshwater, agriculture, energy, wildlife, ecosystems, and ocean resources will be examined. Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on developing viable solutions to our current natural resource challenges.  

    Prerequisites Required: None

    EM 620: ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course examines the key elements of environmental project management. Emphasis is placed on project management organization, planning, and communication strategies and critical factors such as the uncertainty of project scope and the evolving environmental regulatory environment. Students will learn to develop environmental project plans, establish project organization, define management functions, estimate costs, and determine project effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the integrated nature of environmental project management.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500; EM 530 highly recommended

    PP 640: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC FORCES (5 Credits)

    Students will explore the impact and interaction of political and economic forces that affect public administration in domestic and international governmental and nonprofit sectors. Students will use economic reasoning to better explain this interaction between political entities and economic forces including governments’ behavioral effects on markets, the role of competition in the provision of public goods, resource allocation, market failure, and government failure.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    PP 500

    PP 630: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (5 Credits)

    This course examines the relationship of business and government agencies in producing public services. Students will analyze policies and imple­mentation in partnership and privatization models including outsourcing, contracting, and competition. The use of voluntary organizations will also be explored.

    Prerequisites Required: PP 500

    EM 610: SUSTAINABILITY—POLICY AND PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course examines the philosophical and practical principles of green and sustainable design through the exploration of environmental issues, sustainable methods, public policy, and decision making. You will examine the organizational behavioral shifts toward addressing legal compliance and profitability while promoting sustainability. Through analyzing sustainability principles, policies, and programs that encourage and guide current and future initiatives, you will also explore the interconnected components of social, ecological, governmental, economic, and ethical constructs associated with sustainability.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500

    Total Electives Credits: 5
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Students who choose PP 630: Public and Private Partnerships or PP 640: Political and Economic Forces who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to PP 500: Public Administration and Management must take the course in place of an elective.

    Core

    EM 500: ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATIONS AND PRINCIPLES (5 Credits)

    This course will explore the history of environmentalism and the issues, ethics, and economics surrounding the foundation of current environmental policy and management. Students will assess how environmental and resource issues have influenced economic development and societal growth, and the interdisciplinary connectedness of science, policy, and advocacy in environmental decision making and management. Both local and global ecosystems will be addressed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 520: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (5 Credits)

    This course examines United States environmental law and policy and its development, implementation, and enforcement. The perspective and impact of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches will be explored as well as their impact on environmental law and policy. Students will discuss the purpose, context, and implications of the most important laws, regulations, and court cases including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The course will examine important constitutional principles in substantive and procedural law as well as significant environmental laws and approaches.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 530: ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT II (5 Credits)

    This course explores the basic concepts of risk assessment, processes, and procedural methods to evaluate and critique scientific information. Students will explore the growing importance of the analysis of risk in regulatory decision making. Students learn how to balance the costs and benefits of risk reduction and how to account for the uncertainties in risk estimates. Additionally, students are introduced to terminology and concepts necessary in risk communication.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 650: ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANALYSIS (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on the analysis of environmental policy and approaches to problem solving. Students will study different types of criteria that stakeholders utilize in the policy development process, performance measurements, and assessment of environmental policy and program evaluation.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500 and EM 520

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (5 Credits)

    Writing effectively and accurately is a necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students is designed to prepare students for the demands of academic and professional writing in their coursework, professional career, and for their final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to communicate complex and difficult material clearly to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert readers, and write for the kinds of audiences that they will encounter as professionals and who rely on the words on the page to make meaning. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and sentence level. Students will gain an understanding of audience and purpose, as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. Emphasis is placed on citing and quoting primary materials, organization strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage so that students hone and fine-tune their writing skills.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    PP 510: LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (5 Credits)

    Students will study leadership within the public sector and the application of ethical and leadership principles to decision making, actions, and interactions within public administration. Topics covered may include: organizational behavior, interest-based negotiation, leading networks, mediation, and leadership style.

    Prerequisites Required: PP 500 or enrollment in the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Master of Science in Environmental Policy, or Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Services program

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    EM 602: COMPREHENSIVE EXAM CAPSTONE (5 Credits)

     As a final step in the Master of Science in Environmental Policy, students may choose the nonthesis option and successfully complete a comprehensive exam. This comprehensive exam incorporates the program outcomes of the program. This exam is designed to carefully assess a student’s overall learning in the program. Successful completion of the exam allows both student and faculty to measure and acknowledge a successful learning experience for the student.

    Prerequisites Required: Last Term

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Electives

    SC 540: BIOLOGY OF POLLUTION (5 Credits)

    Biology of Pollution will assess the interactions between environmental pollutants and the biotic systems they affect. Specific situations where pollutants have affected various biota, such as plants, birds, and mammals, will be analyzed and strategies will be formulated on how to approach these situations. The effects of pollution on both aquatic and terrestrial populations, communities, and ecosystems will be assessed.  

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 550 : CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES (5 Credits)

    This course will examine concepts of natural resources and conservation, and explore how economics, ethics, and ecology can be applied to natural resource management, both in the United States and globally. Students are challenged to apply concepts learned to address the managing of natural resources in a number of regional and global contexts. Management issues relating to freshwater, agriculture, energy, wildlife, ecosystems, and ocean resources will be examined. Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on developing viable solutions to our current natural resource challenges.  

    Prerequisites Required: None

    EM 620: ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course examines the key elements of environmental project management. Emphasis is placed on project management organization, planning, and communication strategies and critical factors such as the uncertainty of project scope and the evolving environmental regulatory environment. Students will learn to develop environmental project plans, establish project organization, define management functions, estimate costs, and determine project effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the integrated nature of environmental project management.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500; EM 530 highly recommended

    PP 640: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC FORCES (5 Credits)

    Students will explore the impact and interaction of political and economic forces that affect public administration in domestic and international governmental and nonprofit sectors. Students will use economic reasoning to better explain this interaction between political entities and economic forces including governments’ behavioral effects on markets, the role of competition in the provision of public goods, resource allocation, market failure, and government failure.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    PP 500

    PP 630: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (5 Credits)

    This course examines the relationship of business and government agencies in producing public services. Students will analyze policies and imple­mentation in partnership and privatization models including outsourcing, contracting, and competition. The use of voluntary organizations will also be explored.

    Prerequisites Required: PP 500

    EM 610: SUSTAINABILITY—POLICY AND PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course examines the philosophical and practical principles of green and sustainable design through the exploration of environmental issues, sustainable methods, public policy, and decision making. You will examine the organizational behavioral shifts toward addressing legal compliance and profitability while promoting sustainability. Through analyzing sustainability principles, policies, and programs that encourage and guide current and future initiatives, you will also explore the interconnected components of social, ecological, governmental, economic, and ethical constructs associated with sustainability.

    Prerequisites Required: EM 500

    Total Electives Credits: 5
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Students who choose PP 630: Public and Private Partnerships or PP 640: Political and Economic Forces who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to PP 500: Public Administration and Management must take the course in place of an elective.

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    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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