Environmental Science and Engineering 67
MASTER OF SCIENCE CURRICULUM
A minimum of 36 credits are required for the M.S. degree; number of credits per course are indicated. Each student’s program is crafted by the student and advisor to meet the student’s individual career needs. Core Requirements for all students except for those in the Management option: GENV 500 Environmental Research Methods 3 GENV 536 Environmental Chemistry 3 GENV 537 Environmental Chemistry Lab 1 GENV 542 Environmental Toxicology 3 GENV 544 Environmental Law & Reg 3 GENV 643 Principles of Environmental Science & Engineering 3 GENV 694 GENV 695
Thesis or Research Paper or Project
Additional electives approved by the program director to satisfy the program requirements of 36 credits. Environmental Management The role of the environmental manager has evolved rapidly over the past forty years, since the enactment of sweeping environmental legislation of the early 1970s. The creation of the US EPA, and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), better known as “Superfund”, and the Toxic Substance Control Act, to name just a few, have created a highly regulated structure in which every business must operate. Each commercial entity must have a sophisticated understanding of its legal, moral, and ethical obligations to bring products and services to the market with minimal environmental harm. While this responsibility has initially been viewed simply as a burden and additional cost of operation, it has more recently been realized that pollution prevention along with resource recovery and/or recycling contributes to higher quality, higher productivity, and reduced costs of operation. Thus, proper environmental stewardship can lead to greater competitiveness and profitability. The need for individuals who understand business and management principles, and who also have a thorough understanding of environmental science and technology has thus grown. These individuals are in short supply, and thus command high salaries. Objectives • To gain an understanding of current concepts in the science and technology of pollution management and the remediation of contaminated sites, and of the role of pollution prevention and minimization in the manufacturing and service sectors; • To develop an understanding of the health effects of pollution, and the strategies employed to promote a safe and healthy workplace;
To develop an understanding of business and management issues and strategies; To use scientific methods to define problems, gather relevant information, and analyze research results.
Requirements for the option in Environmental Management (36 credits) Environmental Science Courses (21 credits): GENV 643 Principles of Environmental Science & Engineering 3 GENV 542 Environmental Toxicology 3 GENV 544 Environmental Law & Regulations 3 GENV 549 Industrial Safety or GENV 540 Industrial Health I 3 GENV 695 Research Paper or Project 3 Plus, Environmental Department Electives 6 Management Courses (15 credits) (see the Business Administration section of the graduate catalog): GMBA 501 Financial Accounting 3 GMBA 531 Management and Marketing Concepts 3 GMBA 561 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3 GMBA 571 Economic Environment of the Firm 3 Plus one 3 credit business elective 3
(Senior undergraduate students may be admitted to 500-level courses with the consent of the Program Director; unless formally enrolled in the Combined 5 Year BS/MS program, undergraduate students taking 500-level courses get credit only toward their BS degree.) GENV 500 Environmental Research Methods 3 credits The student will become familiar with the scientific method and the scientific literature, and will be prepared to plan a scientific research study, including a statement of experimental goals, a discussion of the previously published knowledge on the topic, and a presentation of methods. Offered: Spring Semester GENV 517 Limnology of the Great Lakes with Lab 4 credits Prerequisite: a course in Hydrology is preferred but not required A study of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the Great Lakes. Advanced modern limnological concepts will be incorporated into understanding the past, present and future condition of the Lakes. Field and laboratory experiences will include the analysis of Lake Erie water samples for chemical, biological and physical interpretation using standard procedures. Field experiences will include trips on the R/V Environaut, Gannon’s research vessel. Offered: Summer