Students will complete a minimum of 35 credits composed of the following requirements. Download the PSM Class Planning Sheet
to track your progress through the program.
- 12 credits | Professional skills courses emphasizing oral and written communication, sustainable business practices, accounting and finance, leadership, management, strategic planning, marketing, operations, science and society, and ethics. View professional skills courses.
- 3 credits | Internship in industry, small business, a state or federal agency, or a non-governmental organization to build real-world skills. While the program advisor in the EnvS-WR office will help students identify internship opportunities, it is the student’s responsibility to actively seek out and pursue internship opportunities. Once an internship has been set up, the program advisor in the EnvS-WR office will work with students to draw up an internship contract agreement. Assignments and a presentation summarizing the internship experience are required to receive credit for the internship. Download Internship Contract.
- 3 credits | Students within each of the nine tracks will be required to take an elective 3-credit course that covers the scientific tools specific to their chosen track. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistics, and research methods courses are commonly used to satisfy this requirement, although other courses are possible. Some examples are:
- EnvS 541 Sampling & Analysis for Environmental Contamination
- STAT 416 Statistical Research Methods
- WR 506 Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources
- REM 410 Principles of Vegetation Measurement & Assessment
- REM 407 GIS Applications in Fire Ecology & Management
- GEOG 524 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
- POLS 556 Governmental Policy and Program Analysis
- 2 credits | Non-thesis required research experience and seminar to give students an understanding of the role of research in the production process of marketable science. Research credits may include lab or field work, or other types of research as determined by the major professor. The student will write a research proposal for approval by the track advisor and/or major professor prior to embarking on any research activities.