Environmental Studies, Environmental Education Concentration (M.A.) - Graduate - 2013 University Catalog

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES w/CONC:EnvrEd

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

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 2 requirement(s) for 9 semester hours:

    1. 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list.

      CNFS 500 Curriculum Development in Environmental Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. 3 courses for 6 semester hours:

      CNFS 610 Administration and Supervision of Environmental Field Study (2 hours lecture) 2
      CNFS 620 Field Laboratory Experiences in Admin and Supervision of Environmental Field Study 1
      EAES 565 Environmental Change and Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. RESEARCH METHODS

    Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list

    EAES 591 Methods in Environmental Research (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 791 Research Methods (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 503 Methods of Research (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. FIELD COURSES

    Complete 6 semester hours from the following list

    BIOL 521 Field Studies of Flowering Plants (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab) 4
    CNFS 501 Outdoor Teaching Sites for Environmental Education 2
    CNFS 502 American Heritage Skills (2 hours lecture) 2
    CNFS 504 Field Techniques for Teaching the Humanities (3 hours lecture) 3
    CNFS 505 Society and the Natural Environment (2 hours lecture) 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 hours seminar) 2
    CNFS 621 Field Laboratory Experience in Environmental Education 1
    EAES 508 Field Geology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
  4. NATURAL SCIENCE COURSES

    Complete 2 requirement(s) for 6 semester hours:

    1. 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list

      BIOL 570 Ecology (3 hours lecture) 3
      BIOL 595 Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
      CNFS 595 Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list

      EAES 502 The Dynamic Earth (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
      EAES 505 Environmental Geoscience (3 hours lecture) 3
  5. ELECTIVES & CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

    Complete 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 hours lecture) 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
      EAES 533 Water Resource Management (3 hours lecture) 3
      EAES 545 Paleoecology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
      EAES 550 Advanced Marine Geology (3 hours lecture) 3
      EAES 563 Natural Resource Management (3 hours lecture) 3
      EAES 566 Environmental Problem Solving (3 hours lecture) 3
      EAES 567 Human Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
      EAES 569 Air Resource Management (3 hours lecture) 3
      EAES 590 Independent Study in Environmental Studies 1-4
      EDFD 540 Cultural and Social Aspects of Education (3 hours lecture) 3
      HLTH 502 Determinants of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture) 3
      HLTH 532 Air Pollution (3 hours lecture) 3
      HLTH 565 Foundations of Epidemiology (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 565 Sociology of Youth (3 hours lecture) 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 hours 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.

          EAES 690 Research Project in Environmental Studies 3
        2. Successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination.

      3. OPTION 3: MASTER'S THESIS

        1. Complete for 6 semester hours.

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


Course Descriptions:

ANTH534: The Transmission of Culture (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

BIOL521: Field Studies of Flowering Plants (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)

The taxonomy, evolutionary trends and ecological adaptations of the gymnosperms and angiosperms. A variety of habitats will be visited and analyzed. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and field course in biology.

BIOL570: Ecology (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and zoology.

BIOL595: Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany, and zoology, and field biology.

CNFS500: Curriculum Development in Environmental Education (3 hours lecture)

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 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 (2 hours lecture)

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 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 (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

CNFS505: Society and the Natural Environment (2 hours lecture)

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 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 (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: One semester of college biology with laboratory.

CNFS601: Advanced Environmental Education Seminar (2 hours 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 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 (2 hours lecture)

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 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.

EAES502: The Dynamic Earth (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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. Previous course GEOS 502 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

EAES505: Environmental Geoscience (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course GEOS 525 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program or departmental approval.

EAES508: Field Geology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The principles and techniques of geologic field work. Independent and team mapping of local areas of geologic interest using modern field methods and instruments. Previous course GEOS 580 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in MS Geoscience; and equivalent of EAES 302; and EAES 320 or EAES 441 or departmental approval. Not open to students who have taken EAES 404.

EAES533: Water Resource Management (3 hours lecture)

The spatial patterns of the water resource both as surface water and ground-water. Processes affecting availability and techniques of estimation are stressed. Previous course GEOS 509 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program or departmental approval.

EAES545: Paleoecology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

Distribution and association of fossils as interpreted from the evidence presented in the geologic record. Detailed paleoecological field study made of selected faunal assemblages. Previous course GEOS 530 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program or departmental approval.

EAES550: Advanced Marine Geology (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course GEOS 560 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a EAES graduate program or department approval.

EAES563: Natural Resource Management (3 hours lecture)

Provide background in natural resource management; wildlife, fisheries, forests, water and related components. Includes field trips. Previous course ENVR 551 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES565: Environmental Change and Communication (3 hours lecture)

Prepare students as professional environmentalists: Communication and journalism strategies, theory of persuasion, and roles as catalyst, solution giver, process helpers, and resource person. Previous course ENVR 509 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES566: Environmental Problem Solving (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

EAES567: Human Environment (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course ENVR 505 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES569: Air Resource Management (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course GEOS 501 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program or departmental approval.

EAES590: 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. Previous course ENVR 531 effective through Spring 2012. 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

EAES591: Methods in Environmental Research (3 hours lecture)

Formulation of the research problem, use of bibliographical sources and reference material organizing the research tests and measurements, analysis of data, and report writing. Previous course ENVR 503 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES690: Research Project in Environmental Studies

To complete the research proposal initiated in the research methods course. Previous course ENVR 695 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

EAES698: 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 EAES 699 if they don't complete EAES 698 within the semester. Previous courses ENVR 698 and GEOS 698 effective through Spring 2012. 6 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

EAES791: Research Methods (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course ENVR 721 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EDFD503: Methods of Research (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course ELRS 503 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

EDFD540: Cultural and Social Aspects of Education (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

HLTH502: Determinants of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture)

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

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 sh.

HLTH565: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 hours lecture)

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 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 (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.