Environmental Science Co-major

Combined MEn Program

The combined Master of Environmental Science program allows students to complete an M.En. degree with 1 year of additional study beyond the bachelor's degree, and is available to qualified, tuition-paying students with an undergraduate Co-major in Energy, Environmental Science, or Sustainability at Miami University.

The Environmental Science Co-major emphasizes earth science and life science approaches to understanding environmental patterns and processes. Students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths and post-graduate degrees in environmental science, especially those with biological and physical science specializations.

The Environmental Science Co-major complements the primary major, which provides significant depth and breadth in an academic discipline.

Program Requirements

The Environmental Science Co-major requires 33-39 semester hours, distributed as listed below. Depending on your major, some of these credits may also count toward your primary major. For example, some majors could meet the Environmental Science Co-major requirements by taking 18-24 semester outside of their major.

  1. Major
  2. Natural Science (12 hours)
    • Biological Science
    • Physical Science
  3. Statistics (3-4 hours)
  4. Social Science (6-7 hours)
  5. Environmental Science (9-11 hours)
  6. Practicum and Synthesis (3-5 hours)

Major

Students must complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Natural Science

Biological Science

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts 4
BIO 191 General Botany 4

Physical Science

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
CHM 111 Chemistry in Modern Society with the laboratory 4
CHM 142, 145 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab 3, 2
GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems 3
CPE 244 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3

Take 1 of these:

Course Title Hours
GLG 111
and
GLG 115.L
The Dynamic Earth

Geology Lab
3

1
GLG 121
and
GLG 115.L
Environmental Geology

Geology Lab
3

1
GLG 141
and
GLG 115.L
Geology of US National Parks

Geology Lab
3

1
GEO 121 Global Physical Environments 4

Note: PHY 171/172 or 181/182 strongly recommended.

Statistics

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
STA 261 Statistics 4
STA 301 Applied Statistics 3
STA 368 Introduction to Statistics 4

Social Science

Take this course:

ECO 201 - Microeconomics (3)

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ATH 175 Peoples of the World 3
GEO 101 Global Forces and Local Diversity 3
POL 241 American Political System 4
POL 261 Public Administration 4

Environmental Science

Take this course:

IES 275 - Principles of Environmental Science (3)

Take 2 of these courses (must be outside of department major):

Course Title Hours
BIO 333 Field Ecology 2
BIO 401 Plant Ecology 3
BIO 408 Ornithology 3
BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology 4
BIO/GEO 431 Global Plant Diversity 3
BIO/GEO 432 Ecoregions of North America 3
BIO 453 Animal Physiological Ecology 4
BIO 462 Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment 3
BIO 463 Limnology 4
BIO 467 Conservation Biology 3
CHM 363/4 Analytical Chemistry and laboratory 5
CHM 454 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHM 463 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHM 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues 3
CPE 441 Pollution Prevention in Environmental Management 3
CPE 442 Air Pollution Control 3
CPE 405 Industrial Environmental Control 3
ENG/IES/JRN 429 Environmental Communications 3
GEO 421 Climatology 3
GEO 425 Hydrogeography 4
GEO 428 Soil Geography 4
GEO 441 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEO 444 GIScience in Landscape Ecology 3
GLG 307 Water and Society 3
GLG 335 Ice Age Earth 3
GLG 354 Geomorphology 4
GLG/MBI 402 Geomicrobiology 3
GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology 4
GLG 428 Groundwater Flow Modeling 4
GLG 430 Mineral Surface Geochemistry 3
GLG 432 Clays and Clay Mineralogy 4
GLG 435 Soils and Paleosols 3
GLG 474 Paleobotany, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology 3
GLG 482 Contaminant Hydrogeology 4
GLG 496 Isotopes in Environmental Processes 3
MBI 475 Microbial Ecology 3
PHY 421 Introduction to Biophysics 4
PHY 437 Intermediate Thermodynamics and Introduction to Statistical Physics 4
PHY 441 Optics and Laser Physics 4
STA 333 Nonparametric Statistics 3
STA 363 Regression and Design of Experiments 3
STA 401 Probability 3
STA 462 Inferential Statistics 3
STA 475 Data Analysis Practicum 3

Practicum and Synthesis

Take 1 of these:

Course Title Hours
BIO 351 Environmental Education 4
GEO 436 Women, Gender, and the Environment 3
IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science 3
Honors Thesis 3
377 Independent Study*
3
340 Internship* 3

Field-Based Workshops with an Environmental Science Theme

*This must be approved by the IES Director or the Co-Major Advisor.

Combined MEn Program

The combined Master of Environmental Science program allows students to complete an M.En. degree with 1 year of additional study beyond the bachelor's degree, and is available to qualified, tuition-paying students with an undergraduate Co-major in Energy, Environmental Science, or Sustainability at Miami University.
  • Upham Hall
    Upham Hall

    Institute for the Environment & Sustainability

    The Institute for the Environment & Sustainability, in the College of Arts & Science, educates students as professionals and global citizens through interdisciplinary programs in environmental science and sustainability, and provides leadership in areas of research and outreach that address environmental problems and promote a more sustainable society. The IES administers 3 undergraduate co-majors, 1 minor, and 1 professional master's degree.

    254 Upham Hall
    Oxford, OH 45056
    (513) 529-5811
    ies@MiamiOH.edu

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