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Masters Degree in Environmental Science & Policy

Environmental Technology and Analysis

Students who select this area of emphasis may study concepts of 1) environmental modeling and remediation; 2) municipal, industrial, and agricultural waste transformation, utilization and disposal; 3) alternative energy systems and energy efficiency; or 4) chemical, biological and geological aspects of ground or surface water systems. Emphasis is on evaluating alternative technologies and strategies for effective planning and policy implementation for the future. Principles and techniques of quantitative and qualitative analysis are applied to problems of supply, distribution and utilization of natural resources and to the optimization of treatment and management costs in the context of public agencies, consulting firms and industries.

The Ecosystems Studies, and Environmental Technology and Analysis areas of emphasis prepare students to:

  • design and conduct scientific investigations;
  • collect, evaluate, and interpret data;
  • make responsible decisions to implement appropriate technologies and strategies to solve environmental problems, and;
  • effectively communicate the results of environmental studies to other scientists, decision makers and the general public.

Graduates typically work as scientists, environmental specialists, or project managers with industry, commercial laboratories, engineering firms, or government agencies, where their work involves analysis, research, consulting, compliance, or enforcement.