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Environmental Studies

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

The mission of the Department of Environmental Studies is to provide students with the advanced interdisciplinary training necessary for solving environmental problems. Graduates of the department are prepared for diverse careers in the environmental field.

The principal emphasis in the M.S. and the M.A. degrees is on professional development. Faculty work with each student to create a specialized educational plan (developed before the first semester of study). The M.S. and M.A. degrees are designed for those who intend to enter the job market for the first time, as well as for midcareer professionals. Students should consult advising documents for their chosen degree and concentrations as well as the information provided below.

Master’s degrees entrance requirements
Admission to either the M.S. or M.A. degree program will be considered for students with bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges and universities. Applications are accepted year-round. Applications are evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Full admission requires a GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale), satisfactory completion (B or better) of a 300-level ecology course with lab, and an undergraduate or work background in environmental sciences, environmental studies, or similar degree. Students with a GPA between 2.50 and 3.00, deficient in the ecology with lab prerequisite, and/or from backgrounds not centered in environmental studies, will be considered for conditional admission. If conditional admission is recommended, the student is expected to complete satisfactorily (B or better) one or more of the following during his or her first year in the program: 300 level or higher ecology with lab (ENS 546 will meet this requirement); ENS 551; or ENS 552. Admission to the online M.A. degree program also requires that applicants earned credit for a 300-level or higher ecology course with lab with a grade of B or better. Because ENS 546 cannot be taken by online students, the department will consider petitions for acceptance of a non-lab online ecology course as a substitute for this prerequisite.

All applicants for admission to the Environmental Studies Department must complete a graduate application to the campus. All applicants for admission should request consideration for the M.A., M.A. online, or M.S. degree. If applicants have selected an M.A. concentration, they may also request selective admission to one of these tracks at the time of application. Applicants must also submit to the department a letter of application stating their academic and professional goals and two letters of recommendation from either professors or employers. Complete transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions as part of the application for admission to UIS. Program admission is determined only after the campus application file is complete. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as possible. For further information about admission requirements, contact the Environmental Studies Department.

Grading policy
Students must maintain an average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during their course of study. A maximum of eight hours of C grades is applicable to a degree, provided each hour of C is balanced by an hour of A and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Registration and Records. Failure to maintain a B or better average will result in intiation of academic dismissal by the Environmental Studies Department.

Advising
All new students must participate in a graduate student orientation during the first week of the fall semester. In conjunction with his or her advisor, each student must prepare an educational plan before the first semester of study. The educational plan is submitted to the department chair for final approval.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

The curriculum for the M.S. in Environmental Sciences is designed to allow students to gain strong scientific understanding of ways to study, evaluate, and interpret environmental realities and their impacts, as well as to manage and mitigate environmental problems. Objectives are to enable students to 1) develop a basic literacy in the natural and social sciences and the humanities as they contribute to an understanding of environmental issues, 2) critically analyze environmental problems, 3) identify, research, and evaluate environmental problems, and 4) compare, contrast, implement, and manage short- and long-term solutions to environmental problems.

There is one concentration available: General Environmental Sciences. The department recommends that students entering environmental sciences have knowledge of organic chemistry, algebra, statistics, and biology.

Requirements of the Master of Science degree
Core requirements
ENS 551 Environmental Natural Sciences 4 Hrs.
ENS 552 Environmental Social Sciences and the Humanities 4 Hrs.
ENS 553 Research Methods in Environmental Studies 4 Hrs.

Option and electives
Total of option and electives. (See below.) 28 Hrs.

Closure
Each graduate degree candidate must complete one of the following closure options.
ENS 510 Thesis 4 Hrs.
or
ENS 520 Graduate Project 4 Hrs.

General environmental sciences option (28 Hrs.)
Provides students with competency in research and management of interactions among physical, chemical, and biological systems in the environment.

Required (8 Hrs.)

ENS 542 Ecosystem Management 4 Hrs.
BIO 571 Advanced Ecology and Evolution 4 Hrs.

Select 12 Hrs. from the following:
ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 4 Hrs.
ENS 444 Aquatic Ecology 4 Hrs.
ENS 445 Biology of Water Pollution 4 Hrs.
ENS 446 ECCE: Population and Public Policy 4 Hrs.
ENS 447 Environmental Chemistry 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 463 Our Changing Climate 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 468 Environmental Geology 4 Hrs.
ENS 485 Environmental Policies: Water Quality 4 Hrs.
ENS 527 Strategic Environmental Management 4 Hrs.
ENS 555 Analytical Tools for the Environmental Sciences 4 Hrs.
ENS 583 Environmental Policies: National Environmental Policy Act 4 Hrs.
BIO 446 Restoration Ecology 4 Hrs.
BIO 462 Conservation Biology 4 Hrs.
Other courses may be selected if approved by the student’s advisor and the department chair.

Electives (8 Hrs.)
Appropriate courses will be selected from within or outside the ENS department in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Environmental studies faculty believe that a period of time working in an environmental agency or organization can be a vital part of professional training. Students may want to take ENS 530 Internship (4 hrs.). Students who hold Graduate Public Service Internships may use four hours of internship seminar toward their environmental studies degree.

MASTER of ARTS in ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

The curriculum for the M.A. in Environmental Studies is designed to allow students to gain an understanding of ways to balance social and economic needs with environmental realities, to learn how to use resources imaginatively for sustainable development, and to become aware of the role of values in issue formulation and policy making. Objectives are to enable students to 1) develop basic literacy in the natural and social sciences and the humanities as they contribute to an understanding of environmental affairs, 2) critically analyze environmental problems, and 3) identify, research, and evaluate environmental problems.

Three concentrations are available: Sustainable Development and Policy, Environmental Planning and Management, and Environmental Humanities.

Degree requirements
Core requirements
ENS 551 Environmental Natural Sciences 4 Hrs.
ENS 552 Environmental Social Sciences and the Humanities 4 Hrs.
ENS 553 Research Methods in Environmental Studies 4 Hrs.

Option and electives
Total of option and electives.* (See below.) 28 Hrs.

Closure
Each graduate degree candidate must complete one of the following closure options.
ENS 510 Thesis 4 Hrs.
or
ENS 520 Graduate Project 4 Hrs.

* Environmental studies faculty believe that a period of time working in an environmental agency or organization can be a vital part of professional training. Students may want to take ENS 530 Internship (4 hrs.). Students who hold Graduate Public Service Internships may use four hours of internship seminar toward their environmental studies degree.

CONCENTRATIONS

Sustainable Development and Policy (28 Hrs.)
Explores theories of sustainable development and policy in order to: 1) understand the historical context and critically evaluate the current framework of natural resources and environmental policy; 2) gain a comprehensive understanding of the three conceptual elements of sustainability (biophysical, policy/social, and economic); 3) communicate and evaluate issues in sustainable development policies and practices; and 4) assess the feasibility of and strategies for natural resources and environmental policy changes toward sustainable development.

Required (12 Hrs.)
ENS 571 Sustainable Development 4 Hrs.
ENS 581 Environmental Policy and Analysis 4 Hrs.
ENS 587 Natural Resources: Policy and Administration 4 Hrs.

Select 8 hours from among the following three groups:
Policy and Social
ENS 403 Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 4 Hrs.
ENS 419 Environmental Law 4 Hrs.
ENS 446 ECCE: Population and Public Policy 4 Hrs.
ENS 461 ECCE: Geopolitics: Geographic Aspects of International Affairs 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 485 Environmental Policies: Water Quality 4 Hrs.
ENS 545 Comparative Cultural Ecology 4 Hrs.
ENS 583 Environmental Policies: National Environmental Policy Act 4 Hrs.

Economics
ENS 421 Environmental Economics 4 Hrs.
ECO 413 Econometrics 3 Hrs.
ECO 445 Economic Development 3 Hrs.

Biophysical
ENS 463 Our Changing Climate 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 468 Environmental Geology 4 Hrs.
ENS 542 Ecosystems Management 4 Hrs.
ENS 547 Environmental Agriculture 4 Hrs.
BIO 446 Restoration Ecology 4 Hrs.
BIO 571 Advanced Ecology and Evolution 4 Hrs.
Other courses may be selected if approved by the student’s advisor and the department chair.

Electives (8 Hrs.)
Appropriate courses will be selected from within or outside the environmental studies department in consultation with the student’s advisor.

ONLINE MA in ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION in SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and POLICY

Students interested in the MA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy can now obtain their degree online. Students must apply specifically for the online degree. Application requires transcripts that show the student has completed a 300-level or above ecology course with lab with a grade of B or better prior to full admission into the degree program. Students deficient in ecology will be considered for conditional admission and be required to satisfactorily complete the ecology requirement no later than the end of their second year. Since ENS 546 cannot be taken by online students, the department will consider student petitions for acceptance of other general ecology courses to fulfill the requirement. Once completed, the approved ecology course cannot be repeated for credit nor can another course be petitioned for approval. All other core, concentration, and elective requirements are the same as those for the degree offered on campus. The application deadline is March 1 for full consideration.

Environmental Planning and Management (28 Hrs.)
Curriculum prepares students for professional positions in environmental planning and management. Objectives are to enable students to 1) understand principles and practices of environmental planning and management, 2) analyze United States environmental policies as they relate to environmental planning, 3) apply tools and techniques for preparing and implementing effective environmental plans, and 4) evaluate effectiveness of environmental management plans.

Required (12 Hrs.)
ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 4 Hrs.
ENS 501 Land Use and Environmental Planning 4 Hrs.
ENS 581 Environmental Policy and Analysis 4 Hrs.

Select 8 Hrs. from the following:

ENS 403 Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures 4 Hrs.
ENS 419 Environmental Law 4 Hrs.
ENS 421 Environmental Economics 4 Hrs.
ENS 446 ECCE: Population and Public Policy 4 Hrs.
ENS 503 Advanced GIS Applications in Environmental Planning 4 Hrs.
ENS 527 Strategic Environmental Management 4 Hrs.
ENS 542 Ecosystem Management 4 Hrs.
ENS 571 Sustainable Development 4 Hrs.
ENS 583 Environmental Policies: National Environmental Policy Act 4 Hrs.
ENS 587 Natural Resources Policy & Administration 4 Hrs.
ECO 445 Economic Development 4 Hrs.

Other courses may be selected if approved by the student’s advisor and the department chair.

Electives (8 Hrs.)
Appropriate courses will be selected from within or outside the Environmental Studies Department in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Environmental Humanities (28 Hrs.)
Provides a broad-based humanities curriculum to enable students to: 1) understand the ethical, social, communicative, literary, historical, artistic perspectives as they relate to ecological systems; 2) examine historical development of theoretical perspectives from humanities on the interaction of social and ecological systems; and 3) apply ethical criteria and critical thinking in the analysis of environmental issues in comparative cultural contexts.

Required Concentration Core
ENS 476 ECCE: Environmental Ethics 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 545 Comparative Cultural Ecology 4 Hrs.

Choose 12 Hrs. from the following:
Society and the Environment
ENS 411 ECCE: Introduction to Environmental Education 4 Hrs.
ENS 461 ECCE: Geopolitics: Geographical Aspects of International Affairs 3 or 4 Hrs.
SOA 481 North American Indians: Culture and Ecology 4 Hrs.

Communication and Literature
ENS 548 Writing and the Environment 4 Hrs.
ENS 556 Environmental Issues and the Press 4 Hrs.
ENG 555 Literary Theory and Criticism 4 Hrs.

History and Art
ENS 412 World Environmental Thought 4 Hrs.
ENS 418 American Environmental History 4 Hrs.
ENS 505 Historic Environmental Preservation 4 Hrs.
ART 463 Modern Art History 4 Hrs.
ART 464 Contemporary Art History 4 Hrs.
HIS 439 American Agricultural History 4 Hrs.
HIS 442 American Urban History 4 Hrs.
HIS 511 Museum/Historic Sites Methods 4 Hrs.
PHI 432 Philosophy of Art 2 or 4 Hrs.

Other courses may be selected if approved by the student’s advisor and the department chair.

Electives (8 Hrs.)
Appropriate courses will be selected from within or outside the environmental studies department in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Closure requirements
M.S. and M.A. candidates, with the assistance of their advisors and graduate committees, are required to develop a thesis or major graduate project. For many students, the culminating experience of graduate-level work is a formal thesis. Other students develop a substantial and carefully designed graduate project, such as an interpretive plan for a nature center, an exhibit for a museum or visitors’ center, a film or multimedia show with supportive materials, a laboratory research project, or a finished and well-researched draft of environmental legislation or policy. Students are required to present and defend their thesis/graduate project proposal and completed thesis/graduate project before the graduate committee.

Students enroll for thesis or graduate project credit hours with the approval of their thesis/graduate project advisor. Students must enroll in a total of four credit hours of closure requirements; however, they may accrue the total in increments. Once students begin taking closure hours, they are required by campus policy to be enrolled in at least one closure hour per semester until the thesis/graduate project is completed. For environmental studies students, this means that if the closure exercise is not completed by the end of four credit hours, students must register for zero credit hours (one billable hour) of ENS 511 Thesis or ENS 529 Graduate Project (as applicable) in all subsequent semesters (except summers) until the thesis/graduate project is completed.

Student’s Educational Plan
Development of an educational plan is a key activity on which student and adviser work closely to develop a plan that is appropriate for the student’s background, aspirations, and needs. The plan indicates the courses for the chosen degree and concentration and is developed prior to enrolling for courses in the first semester of study. The advisor and department chair approve the plan. Amendments may be made during the course of study with approval of the adviser and department chair. Courses that the student wishes or needs to take are listed in the educational plan; variances and waivers sought from requirements must be indicated and approved through the petition process.

UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

To earn a minor in Environmental Studies, students must complete a minimum of 16 credit hours, which includes two core courses and a minimum of three elective courses. Students are expected to meet with an ENS advisor before beginning the minor.

Required core courses
ENS 251 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3 Hrs.
BIO 371 Principles of Ecology 4 Hrs.

The 100-300 level elective courses listed below are 3 credit hours each. Undergraduate students taking 400-level courses may receive 3 or 4 credit hours per course (depending on the course), while graduate students taking 400-level courses always receive 4 credit hours per course. Students taking these courses as undergraduates may not repeat them for credit as graduate students.

Students are required to take at least three elective courses. At least one elective must be at the 400-level. No more than two electives may be taken from any one of the categories listed below.

Environmental Policy/Law/Planning
ENS 301 Environmental Justice in America 3 Hrs.
ENS 403 Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 4 Hrs.
ENS 419 Environmental Law 4 Hrs.
ENS 421 Environmental Economics 4 Hrs.
ENS 461 ECCE: Geopolitics: Geographic Aspects of International Affairs 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 485 Environmental Policies: Water Quality 4 Hrs.

Environmental Social Sciences/Humanities
ENS 101 Women and the Environment 3 Hrs.
ENS 201 Literature and the Environment 3 Hrs.
ENS 331 ECCE: Evolution and Creationism 3 Hrs.
ENS 412 World Environmental Thought 4 Hrs.
ENS 418 American Environmental History 4 Hrs.
ENS 446 ECCE: Population and Public Policy 4 Hrs.
ENS 476 ECCE: Environmental Ethics 3 or 4 Hrs.

Environmental Sciences
ENS 222 Upper Mississippi River 4 Hrs.
ENS 262 Environmental Physical Geography 3 Hrs.
ENS 311 Global Change and Local Places 3 Hrs.
ENS 444 Aquatic Ecology 4 Hrs.
ENS 445 Biology of Water Pollution 4 Hrs.
ENS 447 Environmental Chemistry 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 463 Our Changing Climate 3 or 4 Hrs.
ENS 468 Environmental Geology 4 Hrs.

The Department of Environmental Studies may approve up to 7 semester hours of lower- and upper-division transfer credits toward the undergraduate minor in Environmental Studies.


DEGREES:

Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate Minor in Environmental Studies, Online Master of Arts in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy

FACULTY

Tih-Fen Ting
Associated Faculty: Harshavardhan Bapat, Gary Butler, Michael Lemke, Robert McGregor, Amy McEuen, William Siles
Emeritus Faculty: Edward Hawes, Malcolm Levin, John Munkirs, Charles Schweighauser, William Warren, Roy Wehrle
Adjunct Faculty: Deanna Glosser, Tom Heavisides, Roger Kanerva, Mohammed Shahidullah, John Sherrill, Darlene Snyder, Lucas Westcott

CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 217/206-6720
Email: ens@uis.edu
Website: www.uis.edu/environmentalstudies/

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