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Environmental Studies, Master of (M.Envs.)

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU graduation requirements, students must:

Core requirements (3 courses/9 credits)
ENVS 601 Environmental Studies Survey
ENVS 603 Environmental Research Methods
STAT 543 Statistical Methods I (or equivalent)

Electives (3 courses or 21 credits; courses must represent at least two of the disciplines below)

Environmental studies
ENVS 550 Ecological Risk Assessment
ENVS/ANTH 556 Historical and Cultural Landscapes
ENVS 590 Environmental Studies Seminar
ENVS 692 Independent Study
ENVS 693 Internship in Environmental Studies

Environmental policy and administration
ENVS/PADM 628 Environmental Policy and Administration
ENVS 660 Virginia Environmental Law and Regulation
ENVS 691 Business and the Environment
PADM 601 Principles of Public Administration
PADM/ENVS 691 River Policy and Management
URSP 650 Natural Resources and Environmental Planning
URSP 652 Environmental Analysis

Environmental science/health
BIOL 501 Community Ecology
BIOL 510 Conservation Biology
BIOL 514 Stream Ecology
BIOL/ENVS 532 Water Pollution Biology
BIOL 591 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
ENVS 650 Pesticides, Health and the Environment
ENVS 655 Environmental Hydrology
ENVS 670 Pollution Physiology
ENVS 691 Topics in Environmental Studies: Environmental Chemistry
ENVS 691 Topics in Environmental Studies: Environmental Toxicology
PMCH/ENVS 610 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

Environmental technology
URSP/ENVS 521 Introduction to GIS
ENVS 602 Environmental Technology
ENVS/URSP 654 Environmental Remote Sensing
URSP/ENVS 691 Environmental Applications of GIS
ENVS 691 EcoInformatics

Other electives may be allowed with prior permission of major adviser and program director. Students may not apply more than three credits (total) of ENVS 692 and/or ENVS 693 to the degree without prior approval of the major adviser and program director.

Students pursuing the M.Envs. Must complete, in addition to all other degree requirements, the following requirements in lieu of the six-credit thesis requirement: three credits of ENVS 692 Independent Study or ENVS 693 Internship and three credits of approved electives, for a total of 33 graduate semester credits. In addition, the student must pass an oral comprehensive examination.


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