Prerequisites for Placing out of Basic Knowledge Courses

All MEM students are expected to be conversant in four basic knowledge areas in order to excel in their program of study and their careers in environmental management. While students are encouraged the take the basic knowledge courses, each one has a list of courses that can be used to qualify for a waiver. An academic committee will make initial determinations for waivers, and students will have an opportunity petition for a waiver in the event that a qualifying course was missed.   

Social Science Foundations for Environmental Managers

Two upper-level courses in any of the following areas:
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Environmental History
  • Human Geography
  • Religion and Ecology

Physical Science Foundations for Environmental Managers

A course that satisfies one of the following:
  • Earth science course covering geosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere
  • 2 out of 3 of the following: hydrology, soil science, environmental chemistry, and climate science

Ecological Patterns in Processes

A course in at least one of the following areas:
  • General ecology course 
  • Biodiversity science
  • Population or community ecology
  • Ecosystem science or ecosystems ecology 

Microeconomics for Environmental Management

A course in Principles of Microeconomics within the last 5 years.
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