Sustainability Science (M.S.) - Graduate - 2013 University Catalog

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SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE

Complete 32 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. CORE COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete 3 courses for 9 semester hours:

      EAES 509 Current Issues in Sustainability Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      EAES 591 Methods in Environmental Research (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete a total of 2 semester hours.

      EAES 790 Colloquium in Environmental Management (1 hour lecture) 1
  2. ELECTIVES & RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s) for a total of 21 semester hours:

    1. MAJOR ELECTIVES

      Complete 15 semester hours from the following:

      1.  

        ANTH 522 Environment and Community 3-4
        ANTH 529 Building Sustainable Communities 3-4
        BIOL 570 Ecology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 595 Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
        CHEM 510 Hazardous Materials Management (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 500 Energy Transitions: A Global Dependence (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 510 Geographic Information Systems (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 525 X-ray Microanalysis (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 526 Geochemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 527 Organic Geoghemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 528 Environmental Forensics (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 531 Hydroclimatology (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 532 Applied Groundwater Modeling (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
        EAES 533 Water Resource Management (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 560 Environmental Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 561 Environmental Law and Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 562 Waste Management (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 563 Natural Resource Management (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 565 Environmental Change and Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 566 Environmental Problem Solving (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 569 Air Resource Management (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 581 Urban Systems Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 582 Urban and Regional Planning (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 610 Spatial Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 611 Advanced Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Processing (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 660 Seminar in Environmental Management (3 hours seminar) 3
        EAES 700 Earth Systems Science (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 701 Modeling in Environmental Science (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 760 Organizational Environmental Management (3 hours lecture) 3
        MGMT 505 Management Process and Organizational Behavior (3 hours lecture) 3
        MGMT 565 Project Management (1.5 hours lecture) 1.5
        MKTG 563 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (1.5 hours lecture) 1.5
        STAT 541 Applied Statistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. 0 semester hours - 6 semester hours of other graduate level courses may be taken with written advisor approval.

    2. THESIS OR RESEARCH PROJECT

      Complete 1 of the following options:

      1. 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.

      2. RESEARCH PROJECT

        Complete for 6 semester hours.

        EAES 696 Research Project in Sustainability Science (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH522: Environment and Community

How environmental change affects community structures and practices, social and cultural responses to environmental change, role of citizen organizations, government and other institutions in solving environmental problems, green building and certification, ecological community planning and design, urban planning aspects of community and environment, sustainable cities initiatives, case studies, program evaluation skills, environmental policy making, perceptions of the environment, environmental discourses, environmental justice. 3 - 4 sh.

ANTH529: Building Sustainable Communities

This course will analyze selected case studies of community development programs nationally and internationally and evaluate their implications for community development in New Jersey. Topics will include the importance of citizen participation, inclusion of people with disabilities, aging in place, localization theory, smart growth, ecovillages, cohousing, permaculture, community supported agriculture, community land trusts, and community developent banks and corporations. Program evaluation skills will be integrated into the topics. 3 - 4 sh.

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.

CHEM510: Hazardous Materials Management (3 hours lecture)

Exploration of the physical and chemical characteristics of hazardous chemicals, hazardous waste, and mixed waste materials. Their sources, handling, transportation, storage, disposal, and regulation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 or equivalent. For majors in College of Sciences and Mathematics or instructor's permission.

EAES500: Energy Transitions: A Global Dependence (3 hours lecture)

This course assesses the interactions of shifting energy dependence and adaptive technologies to add energy sources to the current national energy matrices. Included in this analysis will be a discussion of the growing roster of accessible energy sources by type and environmental source and environmental limitations. History, economy, politics, and culture will be addressed to provide the social context to gauge the growing impact of energy dependence in the contemporary global system. Previous course ENVR 515 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a graduate program or departmental approval. Not open to students who have taken EAES300.

EAES509: Current Issues in Sustainability Science (3 hours lecture)

Overview of current issues in sustainability science and the challenges confronting society's transition to global sustainability: sustainable use of natural resources; social learning; engaging scientists at the science-policy interface; and the application of systems science to better predict the consequences of human actions and forecast outcomes of the multiple interacting stresses on the life support systems around us. Previous course ENVR 533 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a graduate program or departmental approval.

EAES510: Geographic Information Systems (3 hours lecture)

Provides graduate students who have finished any introductory GIS courses or equivalents an opportunity to advance both the practical skills and theoretical understanding of GIS. The course will focus on application of GIS to urban planning, locational analysis, public health, crime analysis, resource and land use management, transportation planning, environmental management etc. In the meantime, specific topics such as geovisualization, geographic database design, GIS modeling and management will be treated as an integrated part during the applications. Previous course EUGS 570 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in an Earth and Environmental Studies (EAES) graduate program and equivalent of EAES210 or departmental approval. Not open to students who have taken EAES310.

EAES525: X-ray Microanalysis (3 hours lecture)

Students will learn energy dispersive spectroscopy, qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis, and x-ray mapping. Previous course GEOS 547 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program and equivalent of one of the following: EAES 220, CHEM 410, PHYS 470 or BICL 406 or departmental approval.

EAES526: Geochemistry (3 hours lecture)

Chemical laws and principles applied to the earth, chemical composition of the earth, distribution and relative abundance of the elements. Radioactive materials, atmospheric precipitation of geochemicals, the geochemistry of polluted water (including solid and liquid wastes) study of meteorites. Required field trips. Previous course GEOS 575 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

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

EAES527: Organic Geoghemistry (3 hours lecture)

This is an introductory graduate course in organic geochemistry, covering the occurence of natural and anthropogenic organic matter in sediments and sedimentary rocks, emphasizing fossil fuels and environemental contaminants. Previous course GEOS 576 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program and equivalent of one of the following: CHEM 230, EAES 322, EAES 441 or departmental approval. Not open to students who have taken EAES 427.

EAES528: Environmental Forensics (3 hours lecture)

Environmental Forensics seeks to answer the questions: "How did environmental contamination occur?" and "Who/what caused it?" It involves the use of analytical (geo)chemistry, field geology and biology, remote sensing, integrated with law and policy. This course will focus primarily on the methods and applications of chemical fingerprinting, using petroleum biomarkers, polycyclic aromatic compounds, isotopes, and heavy metals. Previous course GEOS 577 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program and equivalent of EAES 427 or EAES 527 or departmental approval.

EAES531: Hydroclimatology (3 hours lecture)

Matriculation in a EAES graduate program and equivalent of EAES201, EAES230, or EAES301 or departmental approval. Not open to students who have taken EAES332. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a EAES graduate program and equivalent of EAES201, EAES230, or EAES301 or departmental approval. Not open to students who have taken EAES332.

EAES532: Applied Groundwater Modeling (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

Introduction to groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, using a variety of current software packages. Saturated and unsaturated media will be considered. Emphasis is on application of models to the solution of common problems encountered in hydrology industry and research. Previous course GEOS 552 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) graduate program and equivalent of EAES 331; and MATH 116 or MATH 122 or departmental approval.

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.

EAES560: Environmental Law (3 hours lecture)

The course focuses on The National Environmental Policy Act; The preparation of an environmental impact statement; The Clean Air Act; The Clean Water Act; The Endangered Species Act; Toxic Substance Control Act; Solid and Hazardous Waste and other Environmental laws. The role of environmental professionals in the formulation and implementation of environmental law and policy are discussed. Previous course ENVR 510 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES561: Environmental Law and Policy (3 hours lecture)

The goal of this course is to provide students with the theoretical foundations and practical applications of Environmental Law. The course will utilize a model and method approach, which will present theory and procedure in a case problem context. The course will acquaint students with various traditional legal theories and compare and contrast them with law as it has evolved to meet the changes in society. Previous course ENVR 590 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES562: Waste Management (3 hours lecture)

This course examines liquid waste management (sewage, sewerage, septic, and acid mine drainage) and solid waste management (composting, incineration, dumps, sanitary landfills, ocean dumping, and resource recovery). Management of radioactive wastes is included. Previous course GEOS 513 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a CSAM graduate program or departmental 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.

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.

EAES581: Urban Systems Analysis (3 hours lecture)

The complexity of the city and its modification by means of planning, the systems approach to urban study, the ecological base, different models of urban systems, the impact of technological change, the hierarchy of urban regions, planning in the existing systems, and creating new ones. Previous course EUGS 510 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES582: Urban and Regional Planning (3 hours lecture)

Urban and regional planning analyzes planning goals at an integral level. Urban and regional planning are rooted in the need to anticipate social and economic change in space and how it needs to be organized to enhance the functions of the physical plant and conserve the habitat twenty and more years into the future. Data gathering and analysis, graphic presentation and model building are an integral part of the course. Previous course EUGS 511 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

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.

EAES610: Spatial Analysis (3 hours lecture)

This course will introduce students to techniques for the analysis of spatial data. The course will heavily utilize GIS and Remote Sensing data with particular attention to applications and manipulation techniques. Topics include characterizing spatial data, data sampling, visualization, data modeling, point pattern analysis, and spatial data interaction. Previous course EUGS 680 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in an Earth and Environmental Studies (EAES) program and equivalent of EAES510 or departmental approval.

EAES611: Advanced Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Processing (3 hours lecture)

This course provides a forum to explore cutting edge advances in remote sensing of the environment afforded by new satellite and aircraft based imaging platforms and to provide facility with image processing (IP) and geographic information systems (GIS) software. Topics covered include multispectral, hyperspectral and multiangular reflectance data, very high resolution panchromatic imagery, active radar and lidar systems, microwave imagery, advanced spatial and statistical raster analysis, and interfaces to GIS. Previous course ENVR 655 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a EAES graduate program and equivalent of EAES311 or EAES511 or departmental approval.

EAES660: Seminar in Environmental Management (3 hours seminar)

This is a methods seminar focusing on the techniques of managing a project with environmental significance. Students will design and plan in detail a project to improve an existing environmental problem or to implement an economically important project that would minimize environmental problems. Previous course ENVR 610 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES696: Research Project in Sustainability Science (3 hours lecture)

Students develop an independent research project in consultation with a faculty advisor to address a sustainability issue of our time. Topics might include energy use and conservation; globalization and negative externalities; climate change; global extinctions and biodiversity; the ecology of cities; eutrophication and nutrient flux; habitat loss, alteration and degradation; alteration of biogeochemical cycles and land use patterns; environmental and social justice, and the "north-south" divide; or an approved topic of the student's choice. Students will prepare a research paper with extensive literature search and orally present the results of the project at the end of the semester. Previous course ENVR 696 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 509 and EAES 591 and 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.

EAES700: Earth Systems Science (3 hours lecture)

This course investigates geosystems. In studying processes within the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, the course provides a holistic understanding of earth's historical, present, and future systems. Current techniques and tools for data collection and analysis, such as field methods, GIS, Remote Sensing, are included in the course. Previous course ENVR 770 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) graduate program or departmental approval.

EAES701: Modeling in Environmental Science (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces fundamental concepts of interphase and intraphase transfer and transport related to our living environment. It focuses more on natural interphase transfer, including pathways and fate, and is mainly designed to understand the mechanics and processes. Previous course ENVR 775 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) graduate program or departmental approval.

EAES760: Organizational Environmental Management (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the impact of profit, non-profit and public organizations on the natural environment. It analyzes the pressure, the types, and the procedures for implementing an environmental management system (EMS); and case studies from various organizations. It also studies the internal and external strategies of organizations relative to environmental sustainability goals. Previous course ENVR 760 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a graduate program or department approval.

EAES790: Colloquium in Environmental Management (1 hour lecture)

Topical issues of current research in environmental management will be discussed. Presentations will be made by invited scholars, faculty, students, and research staff. For doctoral students in Environmental Management, the course may be repeated up to 10 times, but a maximum of 6 hours will be applied towards the PhD degree. Previous course ENVR 705 effective through Spring 2012. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a graduate program or departmental approval.

MGMT505: Management Process and Organizational Behavior (3 hours lecture)

Review of classical and modern approaches to the managerial process as it relates to the manager's functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. These reviews will be tied to the open-system model and the contingency approach as an overall framework for understanding the management of organizations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Only M.B.A.and D.Env.M.students, M.A.Fine Arts majors with concentration in Museum Management (FAMM) or M.A.Theatre majors with concentration in Arts Management (THAM).

MGMT565: Project Management (1.5 hours lecture)

This is an introductory course to project management with a focus on providing students with real world knowledge of managing projects in today's competitive environment. Throughout this course, we will introduce project examples from a wide variety of industries and functions including information technology, marketing, organization capability enhancement, training, etc. As a hybrid course, class will meet four times in person and the remaining periods online. 1.5 sh.

MKTG563: Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (1.5 hours lecture)

With heightened interest of the role of businesses in society, there is increased necessity to promote firm responsibility and effectively communicate ethical decision-making practices. This course enhances student knowledge of sustainability practices and programs that can have an important impact on stakeholder groups and constituencies. Class discussion and guest speakers promote student engagement by exploring current sustainability practices. Group projects and case studies assist in examining how firms can create goodwill in local and global communities through social responsibility programs. 1.5 sh.

STAT541: Applied Statistics (3 hours lecture)

Review of estimation and hypothesis testing for one sample and two sample problems; introduction to non-parametric statistics and linear regression; fundamental principles of design, completely randomized design, randomized block design, latin square, and 2 factor design. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: STAT 330 or STAT 443 and permission of graduate program coordinator.