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Environmental Education  

Program Description

The Environmental Education specialization is constructed to accommodate traditional and nontraditional students. The MS and PhD will give further breadth to students for their success in the Environmental Education field.

Graduates with the Environmental Education specialization have a wide variety of career opportunities including teaching K-12, teaching or researching at educational institutions, research facilities, corporations, government agencies such as NASA and EPA, non- government organizations and others.

Research Component

An integral part of the graduate training in EE is the development of research skills usually accomplished through a field and/ or classroom research project. Graduate research opportunities are available in many environments(ranging from the natural outdoor setting to the classroom) and audiences (ranging from adults to children). Graduate students conduct their research under the guidance of their advisor. EE students are expected to produce manuscripts based on original research that are suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals.

Research Areas

Outdoor education for various audiences

Natural resources management

College curriculum and teaching

K-12 environmental curriculum and teaching

Government agencies

Non- profit, advocacy agencies

Informal education: naturalist, zoos, nature centers, parks, museums

Required Core Courses

ENVR 5303 Issues in Environmental Sustainability

ENVR 5123 Environmental Problem Analysis

ENVR 5210 Genres of Environmental Writing

Suggested Additional Courses

AGEC 5503 Economics of Natural and Environmental Resource Policy

CIED 5243 Environmental Education in the Curriculum

LEIS 5403 Interpretation in Leisure Services

LEIS 6023 Special Topics in Leisure Studies

POLS 5633 Practical Environmental Compliance

SOC 5463 Seminar in Environmental Sociology

CIVE 4823 Human Impact on the Environment

NREM 5443 Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality

GEOG 4333 Remote Sensing

GEOG 5233 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

GEOL 4453 Hydrogeology

GEOL 4463 Physical Hydrogeology