Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications

Environmental Systems Management

Environmental Systems Management (ESM)

The environmental challenges of the 21st century demand professionals with knowledge of theory, technical skills, and critical thinking abilities who are able to collaborate across disciplines. Therefore, the ESM curriculum prepares students for careers that bridge earth and environmental systems science with competencies in business and information management, geospatial applications, environmental economics, and leadership skills. The ESM specialization integrates broad expertise in environmental studies from across several departments and disciplines. The Earth Sciences, Geography, Biology, Economics, and the Center for Environmental Sciences are shareholders in this approach to the curriculum. 

Career Opportunities

Listed below are just a few of the job areas that are relevant to the ESM specialization:

  • Environmental risk management
  • Water resource management
  • Operations coordination
  • Watershed sustainability management
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental law

Major Sequence and Degree Requirements
36 Credits (face-to-face, online, and hybrid course delivery formats)

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

  • BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis (4)
  • BSN 512 Essentials of Accounting and Finance (4)
  • BSN 514 Strategic Management and Leadership (4)
  • MATH 535 Statistical Applications for the Integrative Sciences (3)
  • ECON 507 Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
  • EMGT 633 GIS Applications (3)
  • ISCA 698 Field Experience Practicum (3)

Specialization Courses (12 credit hours, at least 4 courses are required)

Specialization course options include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Earth Systems (3)
  • Environmental Sustainability (3)
  • Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • Stormwater Management (3)
  • Climate Science Applications (3)
  • Nature & Society in Global Environmental Policy & Negotiation (3)

Admission Requirements
Applicants must provide an official transcript from all institutions of higher education attended showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a 2.75/4.00 cumulative grade point average. Applicants with grade point averages less than 3.00 must also submit an official score from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT test taken within three years of the date of application. An official application form and fee, three professional letters of recommendation, an academic and professional goals statement, and a current resume are also required. Applicants may also be asked to complete a telephone interview with the MSISA program coordinator.

Next Steps

For more information on the MSISA program, please contact the program coordinator:

Dr. Rich Clark
Phone: 717-872-3930 

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