EXPIRED--Environmental Management Systems

Maud Walsh  |  3/11/2008 11:37:42 PM

Overview

The Environmental Management Systems curriculum consists of three areas of concentration: Environmental Analysis and Risk Management, Policy Analysis and Resource Conservation. Each includes a variety of elective courses that allow students to gain expertise in specific areas that interest them. The curriculum is designed to be flexible to allow students to prepare for positions in the public or private sectors working in an office, laboratory or in the field.

Graduates with a concentration in Environmental Analysis and Risk Management will have knowledge and practical understanding of: chemistry, microbiology, land use planning, site investigation techniques, risk assessment and federal and local environmental regulations.

Graduates with a concentration in Policy Analysis will have a knowledge and practical understanding of the role and scope of state and federal regulatory agencies, environmental laws and regulations, mechanisms for implementation of regulations, compliance with regulations, environmental permitting, the role of risk assessment in decision making and land use planning.

Graduates with a concentration in Resource Conservation will have a knowledge and practical understanding of the chemical, physical and biological properties of soils, soil and water conservation and associated federal programs, coastal restoration, soil/plant relationships, fundamentals of forestry, wildlife and agricultural management, land use planning soil and water assessment and remediation principles and ecological risk assessment.

There are many options for a career in environmental management. Environmental consulting firms and state and federal regulatory agencies, such as the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resource Conservation Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hire graduates for careers in office and field work related to such issues as environmental regulations and compliance, ecological and human health risk assessment, environmental law, wetlands conservation, land use planning and management and remediation of contaminated sites. Some students continue their education in graduate programs in environmental and natural resource areas or law school. Additionally, students in the Environmental Analysis and Risk Management concentrations may design a curriculum that prepares them for medical school or schools of public health.

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Areas of Concentration

Environmental Analysis and Risk Management

Required Courses (30 hrs.)—AGRO 4055; BIOL 2051; CHEM 2001; AGRO 4056 or OCS 4090; and 16-17 hours of approved electives from a list available from the School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences. Students may select no more than six hours of approved electives below the 3000 level.

Policy Analysis

Required Courses (30 hrs.)—AGEC 3803; AGRO 4078; ENVS 4101; ENVS 4261, 4262 or 4264 or 4266; select one: AGEC 3503 or ECON 4320; OCS 4465; and 12 hours of approved electives from a list available from the School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences. Students may select no more than 6 hours of approved electives below the 3000 level.

Resource Conservation

Required Courses (30 hrs.)—AGEC 3503; AGRO 3040, 4052, 4055, and 4078; select one: AGRO 3000 or 4070 or HORT 2050 or 2061 or OCS 4308; GEOG 4047; and select one: OCS 4166 or 4465 or 4560; and four to five hours of approved electives from a list available from the School of Plant, Environmental, & Soil Sciences

Minor

Environmental Management is a field that is of interest to students in a variety of majors, particularly in the basic and applied sciences. The minor in Environmental Management Systems complements other majors by allowing students to learn about current topics, research and regulations in the environmental field and preparing them for careers that require knowledge of environmental principles. To graduate with a minor in environmental management systems, students must complete 18 hours consisting of EMS 1011, EMS 3040, and EMS 3050, and 8 hours chosen from EMS 3045, EMS 4010, EMS 4020, EMS 4055 or EMS 4056.

Required classes:
EMS 1011 Environment and Technology
EMS 3040 Applied Environmental Management
EMS 3050 Environmental Regulations and Compliance

And 8 hours chosen from:
EMS 3045 Soil Conservation (cross-listed with AGRO 3040)
EMS 4010 Applied Ecology (cross-listed with ENVS 4010)
EMS 4020 Quantitative Risk Assessment
EMS 4055 Chemical Properties of Soil (cross-listed with AGRO 4055)
EMS 4056 Microbial Ecology and Nutrient Cycling in Soils (cross-listed with AGRO 4056 and BIOL 4256)

Note: some of these classes have prerequisites (see catalog or check with instructor).

For more information about the Environmental Management Systems minor, contact Dr. Maud Walsh, Undergraduate Advisor,School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, at 578-1211 or evwals@lsu.edu.

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