Program Requirements

Class Field Trip

Class Field Trip

The MS in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge about ecosystems, environmental science, and policy. The degree requires 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 four required courses in the program – The Nature of Environmental Systems, Environmental Policy, Forest Ecosystems, and Science Colloquium Series. The objective of these core courses is to create a comprehensive foundation in environmental science common to all students. In addition, the program requires at least one of the courses listed in each of the categories of biophysical science, social science, and integrative.

As an Environmental Science and Policy graduate student, you will work with your advisor to develop a Program of Study which is approved by the Environmental Science and Policy Program Coordinator. Advisors also guide student theses and research projects which include an outreach component to provide communication experience.

Winter Field Work

You’ll be expected to 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.

Contact Us

Contact Us

January 9th, 2013 by Michael

Center for the Environment

Plymouth State University
Russell House
MSC #63, 17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264

phone (603) 535-3179
fax (603) 535-3004