Core Curriculum

Online Master's in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies Curriculum*
Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)
  • ENS 601 Environmental and Sustainability Studies: Issues and Ideas (3 credit hours); meets January-March; Fall 2022: August-October
  • ENS 602 Environment and Sustainability Policy and Governance (3 credit hours); meets Spring 2022: March-May; Fall 2022: August-October
  • ENS 603 Communicating Environmental Knowledge (3 credit hours); meets Spring 2022: January-March; Fall 2022: October-December
Skills Courses (6 Credit Hours)
Students choose a total of 6 credit hours from two of the skills courses listed below.
  • LA/NRE 556 Contemporary Geospatial Applications for Land and Analysis (3 credit hours) Fall 2022: August-December
  • MAP 671 Introduction to New Mapping (3 credit hours); meets Fall 2022: October-December; students will need to request an override from Dr. Farris ( in order to register for this class.
  • STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours) Typically meets Spring 
  • STA 674 Regression Analysis and Design of Experiments (3 credit hours); meets Fall 2022: August-December
  • STA 677 Applied Multivariate Methods (3 credit hours); Typically meets Spring 


Capstone/Internship (6 Credit Hours)
Students must complete one of two options to satisfy the non-thesis requirement for the Master’s in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies. All students will be required to complete a one-hour oral exam.
Option #1 Internship
Complete 6 credit hours of internship coursework
  • ENS 697 Internship in Environmental and Sustainability Studies I (3 credit hours) 
  • ENS 698 Internship in Environmental and Sustainability Studies II (3 credit hours) 
Option #2 Capstone
Complete 6 credit hours through a capstone research project and report
  • ENS 695 Research in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (3 credit hours)
  • ENS 696 Reporting Research in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)
Students must take an additional 9 credit hours from the approved list of courses below. Other courses at the 600-level and above that relate to environmental and sustainability studies may be used to satisfy this requirement with the permission of the program director. Students may count 6 credit hours of ENS 605 (under different subtitles) or ENS 699 (up to 3 credit hours) towards this requirement.
  • A&S 600 Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion (3 credit hours);  Fall 2022 August-October
  • ANT 680 Business and Organizational Cultures (3 credit hours) Fall 2022 October-December
  • ANT 681 Health Care Inequalities (3 credit hours); typically offered in Spring 
  • ENS 605 Seminar in Environmental and Sustainability Studies: Confronting the Climate Crisis (3-6 credit hours); Fall 2022: October-December [*Students may repeat this course (with a different subtitle) for a total of 6 credit hours]
  • ENS 699 Independent Study (3 credit hours) Fall/Spring
  • HP 501-201 Sustainable Development and Heritage (3 credit hours); typically meets Spring
  • HP 510-201 Cultural Landscapes and Historic Preservation (3 credit hours); Fall 2022 August-October
  • MFS 613-201 Sustainability, Ethics, and Leadership in Manufacturing Organizations (3 credit hours); Typically Meets Spring 
  • WRD 612 Ethical and Legal Issues in Technical Writing (3 credit hours); not offered Spring 2022
  • WRD 614 Visual Rhetoric and Persuasion (3 credit hours); Fall 2022 August-October
  • WRD 702 Professional and Technical Writing (3 credit hours); typically meets Spring 
Total Credit Hours 30