Environmental Studies, Environmental Education Concentration (M.A.) - Graduate - 2011 University Catalog

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES w/CONC:EnvrEd

Complete 33 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    1. Complete 1 course from the following:

      CNFS 500 Curriculum Development in Environmental Education 3
    2. Complete the following 3 courses:

      CNFS 610 Administration and Supervision of Environmental Field Study 2
      CNFS 620 Field Laboratory Experiences in Admin and Supervision of Environmental Field Study 1
      ENVR 509 Environmental Change and Communication 3
  2. RESEARCH METHODS

    Complete 1 course from the following:

    ELRS 503 Methods of Research 3
    ENVR 503 Methods in Environmental Research 3
    ENVR 721 Research Methods 3
  3. FIELD COURSES

    Complete 6 semester hours from the following list

    BIOL 521 Field Studies of Flowering Plants 4
    CNFS 501 Outdoor Teaching Sites for Environmental Education 2
    CNFS 502 American Heritage Skills 2
    CNFS 504 Field Techniques for Teaching the Humanities 3
    CNFS 505 Society and the Natural Environment 2
    CNFS 510 Environmental Impact of Recreation on Natural Areas 2
    CNFS 511 Field Investigation of Environmental Impact of Recreation on Natural Areas 1
    CNFS 521 Field Laboratory Experience in Outdoor Teaching Sites for Environmental Education 1
    CNFS 522 Field Laboratory Experience in American Heritage Skills 1
    CNFS 525 Field Laboratory Experience in Society and the Natural Environment 1
    CNFS 601 Advanced Environmental Education Seminar 2
    CNFS 621 Field Laboratory Experience in Environmental Education 1
    GEOS 580 Field Geology 4
  4. NATURAL SCIENCE COURSES

    1. Complete 1 course from the following list.

      BIOL 570 Ecology 3
      BIOL 595 Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity 3
      CNFS 595 Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      GEOS 502 The Dynamic Earth 4
      GEOS 525 Environmental Geoscience 3
  5. ELECTIVES & CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s) for a total of 9 semester hours:

    1. ELECTIVES

      Complete 3 semester hours - 6 semester hours from the following:

      ANTH 534 The Transmission of Culture 3
      CNFS 503 Humanities and the Environment 3
      CNFS 530 Workshop in Wildlife Management Education 1
      CNFS 609 Independent Study in Environmental Curriculum Development 1-4
      EDFD 540 Cultural and Social Aspects of Education 3
      ENVR 505 Human Environment 3
      ENVR 508 Environmental Problem Solving 3
      ENVR 531 Independent Study in Environmental Studies 1-4
      ENVR 551 Natural Resource Management 3
      GEOS 501 Air Resource Management 3
      GEOS 509 Water Resource Management 3
      GEOS 530 Paleoecology 3
      GEOS 560 Advanced Marine Geology 3
      HLTH 502 Determinants of Environmental Health 3
      HLTH 532 Air Pollution 3
      HLTH 565 Foundations of Epidemiology 3
      SOCI 565 Sociology of Youth 3
    2. RESEARCH & CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

      Choose 1 of the following options:

      1. Option #1: Field Lab Experience

        1. Complete 2 courses for 3 semester hours:

          CNFS 601 Advanced Environmental Education Seminar 2
          CNFS 621 Field Laboratory Experience in Environmental Education 1
        2. Successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination

      2. Option #2: Research Project

        1. Complete for 3 semester hours.

          ENVR 695 Research Project in Environmental Studies 3
        2. Successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination.

      3. Option #3: Master's Thesis

        1. Complete for 6 semester hours.

          ENVR 698 Master's Thesis 6
        2. Submit the completed Thesis Original and one copy to the Graduate School Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.


Course Descriptions:

ANTH534: The Transmission of Culture

Focuses on formal and informal processes of cultural transmission and renewal. Emphasis on the relationship of individuals to their cultures and problems of generational continuity and cultural revitalization. Anthropological strategies for educational research are explored. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

BIOL521: Field Studies of Flowering Plants

The taxonomy, evolutionary trends and ecological adaptations of the gymnosperms and angiosperms. A variety of habitats will be visited and analyzed. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and field course in biology.

BIOL570: Ecology

Basic ecological principles and concepts. Habitat approach to field exercises in fresh water and terrestrial ecology. Intra and interspecific relationships with all living members of the ecosystem, problems in plant and animal biology. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and zoology.

BIOL595: Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity

This course addresses concerns about the loss of biological diversity and genetic resources through species extinctions. Students will learn about the importance of maintaining biological diversity, the problems involved in monitoring and protecting sensitive and crucial habitat, the impact of human societies on biodiversity, the alternatives to the destruction of habitat/species, the prospects of restoration, and the policies needed to prevent the loss of biological diversity. Students will also learn about population processes that are directly related to species survival. This course is cross listed with CNFS 595. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany, and zoology, and field biology.

CNFS500: Curriculum Development in Environmental Education

The historical, philosophical, and conceptual aspects of developing a K-12 environmental education curriculum. The focus is on the four major curriculum areas: humanities, social studies, environmental science and outdoor pursuits with proposed activities for the classroom, school grounds, community, and natural areas, intended to enhance the students' awareness of environmental problems and their possible solutions. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

CNFS501: Outdoor Teaching Sites for Environmental Education

This course will include a working definition of outdoor environmental teaching sites as they relate to current developments in environmental education. Also incorporated, through lecture and discussion, will be pertinent information on the philosophy, design, construction, and use of outdoor environmental teaching sites, with special emphasis on sites which can be developed on land areas adjacent to schools. () 2 sh.

CNFS502: American Heritage Skills

This course will focus on the home lifestyle for the American colonies from the 1600s to the 1800s. Various skills such as spinning, working with wool, natural dyeing, candle making, rug making, soap making, quilting, and food processing will be demonstrated. Students will have the opportunity to develop their proficiency in these areas. The colonial living skills will be integrated into a general overview of the two-hundred-year period under consideration, rather than considered as isolated elements. (2 hours lecture.) 2 sh.

CNFS503: Humanities and the Environment

This course will focus on the cycle of humanity's relationship to nature, based on three sequential stages: 1) humans in nature, in which archaic religions, myths and legends will be investigated; 2) humans vs. nature, which will be a consideration of the alienation due to the influence of science and technology; and 3) humans and nature, which will consider the new mysticism of today. The coursework will include lecture, discussion, seminar, and independent study. () 3 sh.

CNFS504: Field Techniques for Teaching the Humanities

The focus of this course is the development and improvement of techniques for teaching the humanities via the natural environment. The course will include consideration of the process of communication, the development of perception and observational skills, creative writing, literature interpretation, music, philosophy, dramatics, art, as well as historical investigations and considerations of past ways of life through the study of colonial crafts. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

CNFS505: Society and the Natural Environment

This course will focus upon interrelationships of a forest ecosystem. Soil, water, plants, and animals found in a northeastern hardwood forest will be examined in detail. Their relationship to humankind will be discussed and reviewed. (2 hours lecture.) 2 sh.

CNFS510: Environmental Impact of Recreation on Natural Areas

Students will examine the impact of recreation on natural areas in four of New Jersey's major ecosystems: upland forest, pine lands, salt marsh and barrier beach. Investigation of recreation records and plans will allow for comparison and contrast of heavily used sites with those which have been relatively undisturbed. Students develop "recreation impact statements". CNFS 511 must be taken concurrently. () 2 sh.

CNFS511: Field Investigation of Environmental Impact of Recreation on Natural Areas

The field experiences in this one-credit course are designed to support and supplement the theoretical foundations communicated in the course, "Environmental Impact of Recreation on Natural Areas" (CNFS 510), and to provide practical exercises in measuring impact on recreational areas. CNFS 510 must be taken concurrently. () 1 sh.

CNFS521: Field Laboratory Experience in Outdoor Teaching Sites for Environmental Education

The field experiences in this one credit course are designed to support and supplement the theoretical foundations communicated in the course, "Outdoor Teaching Sites for Environmental Education" (CNFS 501), and to provide practical field exercises in developing environmental education teaching site strategies. () 1 sh.

CNFS522: Field Laboratory Experience in American Heritage Skills

The field experiences in this one-credit course are designed to support, supplement, and amplify the theoretical foundations communicated in the course, "American Heritage Skills" (CNFS 502), and to provide practical applications of both the content of American Heritage Skills and its methodology. () 1 sh.

CNFS525: Field Laboratory Experience in Society and the Natural Environment

The field experiences in this one-credit course are designed to support and supplement the theoretical foundations communicated in the course, "Society and the Natural Environment" (CNFS 505). () 1 sh.

CNFS530: Workshop in Wildlife Management Education

This is a field course designed to provide information about wildlife and environmental topics to be included in a school curriculum. Curriculum supplements include Project WILD and Aquatic WILD. () 1 sh.

CNFS595: Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity

This course addresses concerns about the loss of biological diversity and genetic resources through species extinctions. Students will learn about the importance of maintaining biological diversity, the problems involved in monitoring and protecting sensitive and crucial habitat, the impact of human societies on biodiversity, the alternatives to the destruction of habitat/species, the prospects of restoration, and the policies needed to prevent the loss of biological diversity. Students will also learn about population processes that are directly related to species survival. This course is cross listed with BIOL 595. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: One semester of college biology with laboratory.

CNFS601: Advanced Environmental Education Seminar

The seminar for advanced students who want to examine, in depth, a selected topic related to current developments in environmental education. The seminar will choose a particular issue facing environmental education, develop a method for studying that issue, and produce a publishable work (e.g., curriculum materials or academic paper) related to the topic. (2 hours seminar.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CNFS 500.

CNFS609: Independent Study in Environmental Curriculum Development

Teachers, who have participated in academic programs at the School of Conservation and wish to deepen their understanding of environmental education activities, may enroll in this independent study. In doing so, they may develop an environmental education program for a specific grade level, subject discipline, or school district. Credit is dependent on the scope and depth of the program to be developed. May be repeated for a maximum of 4.0 credits. () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

CNFS610: Administration and Supervision of Environmental Field Study

This course is intended to provide an overview of administrative procedures in organizing and implementing a day or resident program in environmental education. Among the areas to be reviewed are: historical and philosophical perspectives, development of a field curriculum, staff selection and training, financial management, facility design, and selection of equipment. (2 hours lecture.) 2 sh.

CNFS620: Field Laboratory Experiences in Admin and Supervision of Environmental Field Study

The field experiences in this one-credit graduate course are designed to support and supplement the theoretical foundations communicated in the course, "Administration and Supervision of Environmental Field Study" (CNFS 610) and to provide opportunities to conduct on-site facility evaluation, test teaching equipment, discuss training programs with faculty at other facilities, and review financial management and business procedures used in the variety of centers. () 1 sh.

CNFS621: Field Laboratory Experience in Environmental Education

The field experiences in this one credit course are designed to support and supplement the theoretical foundations communicated in the course "Advanced Environmental Education Seminar" (CNFS 601). () 1 sh.

EDFD540: Cultural and Social Aspects of Education

Examination of various facets of society that have impact on the educational system: economic, political, social, ethnic and religious forces as they relate to problems of educational systems. Field studies included. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ELRS503: Methods of Research

The course offers an overview of key methodological principles and approaches to quantitative and qualitative research. Research literacy and developing the ability to access, read, and critique professional research literature in education is a central focus of the course. The course also provides an opportunity for students to evaluate current research relevant to their professional interests. Starting Summer 2012: This course offers an overview of key methodological principles and approaches to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. Research literacy and developing the ability to access, read, and critique professional research literature in education, counseling, and related fields is a central focus on the course. The course also provides an opportunity for students to evaluate current research relevant to their professional interests. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENVR503: Methods in Environmental Research

Formulation of the research problem, use of bibliographical sources and reference material organizing the research tests and measurements, analysis of data, and report writing. Offered as ENVR 503 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 591 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENVR505: Human Environment

Discussion of population in relation to the physical environment; objectives and skills of numerous culture groups will be examined to clarify existing regional variations in the man-land relationship. Offered as ENVR 505 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 567 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENVR508: Environmental Problem Solving

The purpose of this course is to train students to define environmental problems, develop their skills in solving these problems, as well as commitment to work toward their solution. Each lesson consists of student preparation of reading selected articles, classroom orientation, field trips, and the student-instructor follow-up. Field trip topics include pedestrian/vehicle conflict, school site development, plants as a city resource, urban/rural recreation, sign ordinances, transportation and similar topics. Offered as ENVR 508 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 566 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENVR509: Environmental Change and Communication

Prepare students as professional environmentalists: Communication and journalism strategies, theory of persuasion, and roles as catalyst, solution giver, process helpers, and resource person. Offered as ENVR 509 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 565 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENVR531: Independent Study in Environmental Studies

Student must develop statement of goals and phasing for completion, prior to consultation with instructor. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 10.0 credits as long as the topic is different. Offered as ENVR 531 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 590 effective Summer 2012. () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENVR551: Natural Resource Management

Provide background in natural resource management; wildlife, fisheries, forests, water and related components. Includes field trips. Offered as ENVR 551 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 563 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENVR695: Research Project in Environmental Studies

To complete the research proposal initiated in the research methods course. Offered as ENVR 695 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 690 effective Summer 2012. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENVR698: Master's Thesis

Independent research project done under faculty advisement. Students must follow the MSU Thesis Guidelines, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students should take ENVR 699 if they don't complete ENVR 698 within the semester. Offered as ENVR 698 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 698 effective Summer 2012. () 6 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENVR721: Research Methods

Advanced research techniques, beginning with census reports, government surveys and reports from other agencies. Field research, both cultural and physical; mapping techniques; the design of appropriate scale and data transformation to familiarize the range of possibilities and the need for careful choice of data and maps. Computer applications in geographic problem solving. Offered as ENVR 721 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 791 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

GEOS501: Air Resource Management

Spatial distribution of energy in the atmosphere treated in terms of natural factors and man's induced changes (atmospheric pollution). Incoming sun energy as modified by man is traced through the atmosphere, vegetation, soil and water. Offered as GEOS 501 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 569 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS502: The Dynamic Earth

Origin, evolution and history of the earth. Internal and external processes by which minerals and rocks form and are modified. Interpretation of rock features and structures and significance of the fossil record. Plate tectonics, geomorphology, oceanography, and meteorology. The course is conducted at a more rigorous level than introductory, undergraduate courses. Research project and field trips are required. Offered as GEOS 502 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 502 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Not open to graduates of a geology or geoscience program.

GEOS509: Water Resource Management

The spatial patterns of the water resource both as surface water and ground-water. Processes affecting availability and techniques of estimation are stressed. Offered as GEOS 509 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 533 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS525: Environmental Geoscience

In-depth study of the relationships between man and the physical environment of atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Particular attention to problems of mineral resource and fossil-fuel depletion; pollution of air, water and soils and waste disposal and recycling, simple computer modeling of environmental situations. Offered as GEOS 525 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 505 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS530: Paleoecology

Distribution and association of fossils as interpreted from the evidence presented in the geologic record. Detailed paleoecological field study made of selected faunal assemblages. Offered as GEOS 530 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 545 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Biology major, or Geoscience major, or Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Environmental Science.

GEOS560: Advanced Marine Geology

Development and evolution of the ocean basins; marine sedimentation; shoreline development and classification; submarine topography; mineral resources of the sea. Laboratory analysis of marine sediments and fossil assemblages. Required field trips. Offered as GEOS 560 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 550 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For majors in the College of Science and Mathematics.

GEOS580: Field Geology

The principles and techniques of geologic field work. Independent and team mapping of local areas of geologic interest using modern field methods and instruments. Offered as GEOS 580 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 508 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Geoscience major.

HLTH502: Determinants of Environmental Health

Advanced study of health and safety aspects of the environment: air, water, industrial pollution and the impact of expanding population on health problems. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Environmental Studies w/ conc: Environmental Science (ESES) MA majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH532: Air Pollution

A consideration of the diverse factors contributing to air pollution, the physiological responses of critical organs to air pollutants, public health and economic implication, air pollution control standards and legislation, and principles of monitoring devices. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

HLTH565: Foundations of Epidemiology

Provides an understanding of the epidemiologic method of identifying disease-causing agents. Emphasizes the generation of hypotheses based on descriptive epidemiologic data, the testing of hypotheses by analytical epidemiologic research design, the determination of causality and value of epidemiologic research in developing disease prevention programs. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, Health Education (HLPE) MA & CER and Nutrition and Food Science (NUFS) MS majors only.

SOCI565: Sociology of Youth

Socialization processes acting upon young people; the role of family, neighborhood, school and community; the effects of failures in these socializing agencies; changing relations among age grades; quantitative studies of the culture of youth with comparisons to other age grades. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.