Online Master's in Sustainable Natural Resource ManagementA degree with a business focus
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M.S. in Professional Science : Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Combining science with organizational and communication skills, the Unity College Master’s in Professional Science (M.S.) will give you the training and credentials you need to advance in your career path.
- A concentration in Sustainable Natural Resource Management
- 100% online. Sustainable Natural Resource Management students who take a full course load can complete the degree requirements in as few as 12 months!
- World-class faculty experienced in online teaching.
- Small class sizes allow for personalized attention. That’s something you won’t find at larger, online universities!
- Affordable and flexible. Take the classes whenever works for you. We offer five start dates per year!
- Unlike similar programs, no GRE is required.
This online master’s degree in Sustainable Natural Resource Management uses a transdisciplinary process for understanding and managing the natural world. Important factors impacting natural communities include climate change and habitat disruption. Understanding the management of the changing environment will be crucial to adaptation and creating sustainable management practices over the coming century.
The central distinguishing feature of the Master’s in Sustainable Natural Resource Management is its focus on understanding the environment in the context of sustainability science. Students will be expected to be highly inquisitive about the ramifications, motivations, and cost of global responses to environmental issues while exploring their own individual ideas.
Who should pursue an M.S. in Professional Science, Sustainable Natural Resource Management track?
The M.S. in Professional Science: Sustainable Natural Resource Management track, is aimed at:
- state and federal biologists
- recent graduates who want a career in natural resource management
- environmental scientists who want to expand their management knowledge
- land trust or non-profit land managers
- professional ecologists who want an advanced degree
- environmental science teachers who want more experience
- environmental advocates
- …and anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in wildlife biology or management of natural resources.
Graduates of the Master’s in Professional Science: Sustainable Natural Resource Management track, can become:
- state biologists
- federal biologists
- environmental policymakers
- environmental advocates
- land trust workers
- …and more.
30 credits earned
3.00 minimum cumulative graduate-level grade-point average
Professional Skills Core:
PC 5023 Strategic Management of Innovation
The course is designed to help students understand the strategic, organizational, and human issues that can either help or hinder you (and the organizations, both private and public, you work for) in efforts to develop and implement science-based solutions to environmental and natural resource challenges. It combines the study of those principles needed to manage scientific innovation with an emphasis on how environmental innovation fits within an organization’s strategy and business model, and why they matter, and how one creates an innovative learning organization, drives change within an organization, and drives the adoption of the innovations the organization creates.
PC 6013 Communication for Environmental Professionals
This course will provide students the opportunity to develop vital professional skills in oral and written communication while preparing them to communicate clearly about science, policy, and technology issues with demographically diverse and geographically dispersed audiences. Content will address mass media and public understanding of science; organizational communication issues such as structure and communication networks; rhetoric, advocacy, and strategic message development; the role of public opinion and public policy; innovation and decision making; crisis communication and conflict management; emerging communication technologies; and inter-organizational and cross-disciplinary communication.
PC 6023 Ethical Practice and Policy
This course will investigate some of the ethical dimensions of a life in professional science, examining dimensions of environmental and natural resource science and policy in the context of globalization, global change, and climate change. The course builds on the communications skill set of the science communication course by including a module on the role of science in society. Students critically evaluate the ethical dimensions of common scientific practice and policy issues related to sustainability and natural resources.
Environmental Science and Sustainability Core
SS 5123 Climate Dynamics
Climate change is the defining environmental issue of the 21 st century. Sustainability scientists and natural resource managers should be able to follow the emerging science and communicate it to a wide variety of audiences. This course begins with the science of climate and climate change and the anthropogenic contributions to that change. The course then examines the technical and economic challenges society faces with regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and strategies to increase the resilience of natural and human communities. Throughout the course, we will examine the historical and emerging responses to aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
NR 5213 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
This course considers the human dimensions aspects of natural resource management. Topics include approaches to stakeholder involvement in management, conflict resolution, and decision-making approaches through case studies and human-dimensions research. Students learn principles that are needed to find science-based and socially acceptable solutions to natural resource management problems.
NR 5223 Landscape Ecology
Landscape ecology focuses on the relationships between scale, spatial pattern, and ecological processes. Emphasis will be placed on landscape perspectives and practices as they relate to the management and conservation of populations and communities. This course will explore the importance of scale in assessing pattern and process and how landscape structure is characterized. We will examine the abiotic and biotic drivers of landscape patterns including land-use legacies and disturbance regimes. Other topics to be addressed include how populations and communities are structured across the landscape and respond to landscape change.
NR 5233 Conservation Ecology
This course presents concepts from multiple biological disciplines, including population ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, behavioral ecology, sociology, as well as sociology and policy. The discussion illustrates the value of transdisciplinary thinking in solving conservation challenges. Students practice management and conservation problem-solving by integration and application of course concepts to real-world case studies with an ecological focus.
NR 5243 Quantitative Methods
This course provides managers with a basic quantitative literacy to enhance their ability to evaluate and interpret current ecological literature, and to implement management procedures that help advance understanding of the systems they manage. Topics include ecological study design, use of models in ecology, and advanced statistical approaches such as information-theoretic and Bayesian methods.
PC 5503 Capstone I
This course guides students through the creation of a capstone project. Students from all degree tracks solve real-world problems through application of the variety of skills and knowledge acquired during their master’s experience. Students work to develop projects that demonstrate transdisciplinary thinking, analyze complex systems, and develop and communicate solutions to posed problems.
PC 6503 Capstone II
This course is the culminating experience of obtaining the M.S. of Professional Science degree at Unity College. Students will work to solve real-world problems through application of the variety of skills and knowledge acquired during their master’s experience. Collaborators work to demonstrate transdisciplinary thinking, analyze complex systems, and develop and communicate solutions to posed problems. Students will work with mentors to conduct research projects in their fields of interest.