Bloomington Campus

Master of Science in Environmental Science

Applied Ecology Concentration


Each student should select one of the following concentrations. Topics courses and independent study credits may be included in any concentration with the approval of a faculty advisor.

The applied ecology concentration focuses on problem-solving techniques applied to current ecological issues. The diversity of the earth’s living species in both natural and managed ecosystems offers students a variety of study areas within applied ecology, including forest ecology and management, fisheries and wildlife management, soil and watershed management, endangered species, and wetlands. Courses should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

SPEA-E 440 Wetlands: Biology and Regulation (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 455 Limnology (4 cr.)
SPEA-E 460 Fisheries and Wildlife Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 461 Fisheries and Wildlife Management Laboratory (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 520 Environmental Toxicology (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 528 Forest Ecology and Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 534 Restoration Ecology (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 544 Subsurface Microbiology and Bioremediation (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 545 Lake and Watershed Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 546 Stream Ecology (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 557 Conservation Biology (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 570 Environmental Soil Science (3 cr.)

Energy Concentration

(18 credit hours) 

The energy concentration provides students an educational experience in topics associated with energy production, distribution, and use, using an interdisciplinary approach in science, technology, and public policy. This concentration allows flexibility in the choice of courses used to meet the concentration requirements and to meet each student's professional goals. 

Required Courses (6 credit hours) 

SPEA-E 574 Energy Analysis and Markets (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 674 Energy Economics and Policy

Electives (12 credit hours)

Students select a mixture of science and policy courses related to energy in accordance to professional goals. No double counting with program core course is permitted. At least two courses must be taken from each group.

Natural Science Elective Group:

SPEA-E 515 Fundamentals of air pollution (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 518 Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 519 Applied Remote Sensing of the Environment (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 536 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 532 Physical Meterology and Climatolgy (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 542 Sustainable Energy Systems (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 571 Principles of Petroleum Geology (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 575 Climate Change (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 587 Organic Geochemistry (3 cr.)

PHYS-P 510 Environmental Physics (3 cr.)

Economics, Public Policy and Law Elective Group:

SPEA-E 535 International Environment Policy (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 596 Sustainable Development (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 625 Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 643 Natural Resource Management and Policy (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 645 Environmental Law (3 cr.)

LAW-B 675 Natural Resources Law (3 cr.)

LAW-L 644 Seminar in Energy Law and Policy (3 cr.)

LAW-L 660 Seminar in Climate Law and Policy (3 cr.)

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