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Master of Environmental Studies
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Master of Environmental Studies
The Master of Environmental Studies degree is a terminal, two-year professional degree for a significant proportion of our students. It provides a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity for students and faculty to explore the critical links among environmental life sciences, technology and policy.

For more information on the program and courses, see VCU Life Sciences section in the online Graduate and Professional Programs Bulletin

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

Research experience (3 credits)
ENVS 692 Independent Study or ENVS 693 Internship

Electives (minimum of 21 credits from at least 2 disciplines below)

Environmental studies
ENVS 550 Ecological Risk Assessment
ENVS 590 Environmental Studies Seminar
ENVS 591 Special Topics
ENVS 692 Independent Study
ENVS 693 Internship in Environmental Studies

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

Environmental science
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 Environmental Chemistry
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 Environmental Informatics

Other graduate electives may be allowed with permission of adviser and program director.



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