Montclair, New Jersey --- Montclair State University recently announced its newest doctoral program - a PhD in Environmental Management - approved by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education on January 23, 2009. Offered through the College of Science and Mathematics, the PhD in Environmental Management emphasizes the study of interconnections between environmental systems (atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere) and human systems (political, legal, social, economic). It is the only such program at this advanced level in New Jersey and one of the few in the United States.
According to Montclair State President Susan A. Cole, "Montclair State's strong programs and faculty along with a holistic approach to environmental management issues will enable it to make a significant contribution to the study of a broad spectrum of environmental problems, and to create a scientific community engaged in seeking creative, cutting edge discoveries that will lead to effective answers and approaches."
Environmental management is a combination of environmental science, policy and regulation. The aim of the program is to prepare environmental scholars who will recognize and analyze relationships among scientific, technological, societal and economic issues, and who will understand the uses of research in a data-driven decision and policy making process, firmly rooted in current scientific knowledge and methodology.
"Our transdisciplinary approach to research and education, integrating the key elements of physical, chemical, biological, social and management practices into the study of natural and human environments, is truly representative of the academic needs of this new millennium," says Robert Prezant, dean of Montclair State's College of Science and Mathematics, "and serves as a unique intellectual platform promoting the philosophy of a sustainable world. The graduate who has the ability to engage in multifaceted areas of knowledge is highly valued."
Montclair State University's College of Science and Mathematics is home to a comprehensive set of environmental initiatives including the Montclair State School of Conservation at Stokes Forest, the Passaic River Institute, and the Center for Environmental Management and Analysis. Additionally, Montclair State is the first and only public university in the nation to enter into a comprehensive green construction and operation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Released: January 30, 2009