The master of sciences (MS) in environmental management program is designed to provide students with the tools and techniques to navigate the business aspects of environmental management. Our students learn to assess and convey the business, ethical, and legal information to those who make or are affected by the decisions that shape our natural resources and environment.
The prerequisite for the program is a bachelor’s degree and BUSN 5760 Applied Statistics (or 6 credit hours of undergraduate statistics).
Upon completion of the program, students can:
- Apply key terminology, facts, concepts, principles, historical perspectives and theories concerning environmental management and global sustainability toward solving environmental challenges.
- Align sustainability initiatives with organization mission and core values.
- Manage environmental-related risk from an organization’s operation.
- Identify environmental hazards affecting air, water and soil quality.
- Assess environmental-related risk.
- Develop controls to reduce or eliminate risk.
- Employ project management processes and analytical tools to achieve a sustainable outcome to environmental problems.
- Conduct environmental research and communicate risk from an organization’s operations.
- Research scientific, engineering, economic, and congressional information for statutory, regulatory, and sustainable approaches to environmental problems.
- Prepare technical papers/briefings to communicate risk/solutions to stakeholders.
The 36 credit hours required for the MS degree must include the following courses for a degree in environmental management:
|ENMG 5000 Environmental Science||3 hours|
|BUSN 6110 Operations and Project Management||3 hours|
|ENMG 5100 Environmental Law||3 hours|
|ENMG 5200 Environmental Regulations and Compliance Auditing||3 hours|
|ENMG 5300 Environmental Accounting||3 hours|
|ENMG 6100 Management of Land and Water Resources||3 hours|
|ENMG 6110 Management of Air Quality||3 hours|
|ENMG 6120 Waste Management and Pollution Control||3 hours|
|ENMG 6200 Environmental Risk Management and Strategies||3 hours|
In addition, the student chooses graduate elective courses offered from other programs.
ENMG 5000 Environmental Science (3)
This is a course that provides a broad overview of the environmental fields. The student will obtain the base knowledge necessary for the additional environmental management courses. The topics of law, compliance audits, accounting, land and water resources, air quality, waste management, and pollution control are included in this course.
BUSN 6110 Operations and Project Management (3)
This is a course that focuses on the major managerial issues in manufacturing management and the tools that can be used to manage them. Special attention will be given to project management, including PERT, critical path scheduling, and time-cost models, in operations management and other business settings. The major operations management issues are quality management and control, capacity management, plant location, layout and design, production planning and scheduling, supply chain management, and inventory management. The analytical tools covered include queuing theory, statistical quality control, linear programming, and learning curves. Where appropriate, the use of operations management techniques in service and distribution organizations will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: BUSN 5760.
ENMG 5100 Environmental Law (3) (formerly Environmental Law I)
This course reviews the substantive law concerning the enforcement of federal and state environmental laws as well as process for imposing or avoiding liability. Topics to be covered include hazardous waste, toxic torts, environmental cleanup programs, and federal regulations. Prerequisite: ENMG 5000 or approval of waiver by instructor.
ENMG 5200 Environmental Regulations and Compliance Auditing (3) (formerly Environmental Law and Compliance Auditing)
This course continues Environmental Law I and also studies the compliance auditing issues that management of environment must encompass to meet the various regulations. Cases are also used for the research of the topics in compliance auditing. Prerequisite: ENMG 5100.
ENMG 5300 Environmental Accounting (3)
This course covers corporate environmental accounting, activity-based costing, federal, state, municipal accounting, and quality control. Topics also covered will include financial and economic implications of pollution prevention, compliance projects, and procedures required for environmental accounting. Some case studies will be used for these topics.
ENMG 6100 Management of Land and Water Resources (3)
This course covers strategies used in management of multiple-use resources. A variety of management techniques will be examined that pertain to conservation and protection of resources used by the public, including recreational waters, private and public lands, and water sheds. Land use regulations, and water and land rights are restrictions that will be investigated. The role of public policy and its development will also be covered. Prerequisite: ENMG 5200.
ENMG 6110 Management of Air Quality (3)
Sampling techniques of air pollution will be introduced. Air pollutants will be analyzed in terms of their classification, source, and impact on air quality. Effects of air pollution on human health will be studied. Case studies will be used to identify management of air pollutants. Prerequisite: ENMG 5200.
ENMG 6120 Waste Management and Pollution Control (3)
Focuses on management techniques of waste disposal, including liquid and solid effluents from industry. Methods for managing waste collection, recycling, and transportation of nonhazardous and hazardous materials will be studied. Plans will be developed for establishing an environmental monitoring system. Legal, regulatory, and operational laws governing disposal of waste including hazardous waste will be covered, as well as management for recovery of brown fields. Prerequisite: ENMG 5200.
ENMG 6200 Environmental Risk Management and Strategies (3)
This course integrates the types of information used for environmental management, including scientific, engineering, economic, and congressional information, into a final project. Methods used for retrieval of information will include computer searches via the Internet, use of CD-ROMs, and bibliographical indexes to obtain the most current information for their final project. Prerequisite: completion of all required courses for the MS in environmental management.
BUSN 5000 Business (3)
This course is designed to provide a foundation in such general business concepts as economics, finance, accounting, business law, marketing, and other business systems.
BUSN 5600 Accounting Theory and Practice (3)
Students examine the accounting function and its role in modern business. Basic accounting theory and principles are examined, and some of the more important contemporary accounting developments are reviewed. Case studies are analyzed with an emphasis on situations from the students' own work experiences. This course is designed for consumers as opposed to producers of accounting. Prerequisite: BUSN 5000 or HLTH 5000
BUSN 5620 Current Economic Analysis (3)
Implications of current economic events are examined through the applications of economic theory. Emphasis is placed on acquainting the student with methods of economic analysis in the context of current economic issues.
MRKT 5000 Marketing (3)
Students examine the character and importance of the marketing process, its essential functions, and the institutions exercising these functions. Course content focuses on the major policies that underlie the activities of marketing institutions and the social, economic, and political implications of such policies.
MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3)
This course introduces students to many of the basic principles of human behavior that effective managers use when managing individuals and groups in organizations. These include theories relating to individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design.
FINC 5000 Finance (3)
The student examines the general nature of financial management, the American financial system, taxes, and the major financial decisions of corporations. Specific attention is given to present value and capital budgeting; risk and asset pricing; financial analysis and forecasting; financial decisions and market efficiency; and capital structure. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making. Prerequisites: BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5760. (BUSN 5200 cannot be substituted for FINC 5000.)
FINC 5880 Advanced Corporate Finance (3)
This advanced study of corporate financial analysis and planning includes capital budgeting, cost of funds, and capital structure and valuation. Selected topics that may be covered are leasing, mergers, takeovers, business failure, reorganization, and liquidation. A combination of problem-solving and case study methodologies is used to illustrate theories and techniques helpful in financial analysis and planning. Prerequisite: FINC 5000.
BUSN 5760 Applied Business Statistics (3)
The student examines the application of statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis in business decision making. The course should focus on the utilization of statistical methods as applied to business problems and operations.
BUSN 6050 Macroeconomic Analysis (3)
The course provides the consumer of macroeconomic news a conceptual foundation in macroeconomic theory. The goal is to prepare the manager/analyst to consume macroeconomic news and analysis and to draw independent conclusions. Prerequisite: BUSN 5620.
BUSN 6070 Management Accounting (3)
The student examines advanced topics in management accounting as these relate to management information needs for planning, control, and decision making. Topics include interpretation of standard cost variances; application of quantitative techniques; evaluation of divisional performance; activity-based costing; and the behavioral impact of accounting systems. Prerequisites: BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5760.
BUSN 6080 Business Information Systems (3)
The student examines information systems in business organizations. This course will develop the framework for an information system and explore how systems that support the business functions of the organization are integrated and aid the manager with decision-making responsibilities within the operational, tactical, and strategic hierarchy of the company. Underlying the examination of various organizational information systems will be an exploration of emerging technologies that drive these systems. This course provides the student with the skills necessary to effectively understand and use information technology and shows how information technology provides organizations with a strategic competitive advantage. Students who have completed MNGT 5540 may not take BUSN 6080.
BUSN 6100 Quantitative Business Analysis (3)
Students examine the techniques of optimum research allocation, emphasizing the application of the quantitative methods to practical problems. Topics covered include: optimum values, minimum and maximum values with and without constraints, queuing, linear models and techniques, and statistical methods. Emphasis is less on derivation than on application. Examples used for application come from all areas of business, manufacturing, and institutional experience.
BUSN 6120 Managerial Economics (3)
The student examines the application of microeconomic theory as applied to the managers' responsibilities within the organization. This course should emphasize the quantitative and qualitative application of economic principles to business analysis. Prerequisites: BUSN 5620 and BUSN 5760.
BUSN 6140 Business Research Analysis (3)
The student examines the application of the tools and methods of research to management problems. The course focuses on the nature of research; the use of research in decision making; decision making; research concepts and methods for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data from surveys, experiments, and observational studies; and the evaluation, use, and presentation of research findings.
BUSN 6150 Business Communications and Technology (3)
The student examines the methods, protocol, and appropriateness of various forms of communication for business decision making, which include written, oral, networking, teleconferencing, e-mail, and other modern methods of communication that are required in today's business world. The course should include all types of communications the student needs to operate in the national and international aspects of business, including sales promotions and financial promotions, as well as computer networking within the business structure.
BUSN 6200 Strategy and Competition (3)
The student examines the conceptual and practical aspects of business policies and policy decision making by utilizing all the concepts, theories, and tools that were presented in the previous courses. The student should be able to analyze and recommend a comprehensive and workable approach to the situation. The course should cover current business issues and developments. Prerequisites: completion of all other required courses in the MBA.