The MS in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge about ecosystems, environmental science, and policy. The degree requirements include a minimum of 30 total credits with six credits for a thesis and 24 course credits, or 3 credits for a research project and 27 course credits.
There are two required courses in the program – Watershed Systems and Environmental Law and Policy. The objective of these core courses is to create a comprehensive foundation common to all students in environmental science and related policy issues. In addition, the program requires that students take either Science Based Research Design and Data Visualization or Environmental Outreach and Communication.
As an Environmental Science and Policy graduate student, you will work with your advisor and a committee to develop a Program of Study outlining your courses and develop a thesis or research project focusing on an issue important to you and the regional environment. Student research projects are varied and applied, and outreach components are encouraged to provide communication experience. Recent research projects include:
- Understanding the hydrology of a forested watershed
- Exploring the value ecosystem services in regions of New Hampshire
- Assessing trends in water quality
- Investigating climate change through researching lake sediments
- Studying vegetation changes along an altitudinal transect
- Designing effective methods to influence lawn care practices that are better for the environment
- The development of outreach materials to explain recent policy changes on shorefront land use
- Exploring conflicts in managing for different land uses in the White Mountain National Forest
- Investigating the social and ecological consequences of land use and policy in Squam Lake watershed
- The relationship between water quality and impervious surfaces
For a full list of courses, visit the College of Graduate Studies website.