Curriculum

Curriculum

The Curriculum

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree. All candidates are required to take a core course in each of the four environmental areas: air, water, solid waste management, and policy/risk. The program suggests that students take the following courses to meet the first three area requirements. Please note that the graduate standing may be considered in lieu of prerequisites.

  • ENVE 470 AIR QUALITY (3). Prerequisite: CHEM 301
  • ENVE 411 WATER SUPPLY AND POLLUTION CONTROL (3). Prerequisite: CHEM 301, ENVE 301W
  • ENVE 424 SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT (3). Prerequisite: seventh semester standing

The college regularly offers several courses which meet the fourth area requirement of policy/risk, including ENVE 460 Environmental Law (prerequisite: senior standing, graduate standing, or permisson of the program), ENVE 569 Environmental Risk Assessment, and P ADM 531 Environmental Policy.

Courses in the degree program may be taken at the 400 or above level, but a minimum of 18 credits must be at the 500 or above level. All students must take at least 1 credit of EPC 590 Seminar and complete a scholarly master's paper (3 credits) or thesis (6 credits). The seminar and the paper/thesis count toward the 500-level requirement. All students must complete a total of 30 credits to earn the degree.

Please note that not all courses are offered at the Harrisburg campus. Students should consult with their adviser on the appropriate courses to take consistent with their educational goals.

Time Limit

Students have eight years or nine consecutive summers from the date of admission to complete all the requirements needed to earn the master’s degree.


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