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Environmental Science Management

The Department of Physical and Earth Sciences offers core courses and an area of concentration in environmental science management within the MPA degree program and supporting courses for the MA with a major in liberal studies. Please refer to the Liberal Studies and Public Administration sections of this website for application materials required, admission requirements, and program requirements for these programs.

A graduate certificate in environmental science management is also available for non-degree students who wish to specialize in the area of environmental science management.  Upon satisfactorily completing the requirements of a graduate certificate (comprehensive examination not required for graduate certificate), an entry will be made on the student’s transcript. A student who completes the graduate certificate in environmental science management may apply the 15 hours credit toward the MA with a major in liberal studies or the MPA with a concentration in environmental science management. All course work for the MA and MPA degrees, including the environmental science management course work, must be completed within six years. 

Required Application Materials

Applicants for the graduate certificate in environmental science management may be permitted to enroll for one semester of graduate course work while completing all other general application procedure requirements.

Applicants for the graduate certificate in environmental science management must submit all the following documentation to Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602 to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission (
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee
  3. Official transcripts from the postsecondary institutions awarding the bachelor’s degree. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  4. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score report or a PTE score report.

Required Environmental Science Management Courses for a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science Management

This certificate focuses on environmental science.  A series of critical courses comprise legal aspects of environmental management, handling air, water, and solid wastes; assessment of human risk due to the exposure of these wastes; and overview of environmental quality using a watershed approach.  Please review our Graduate Certificate Disclosure information.

The student must complete the 15 semester hours of required environmental science management concentration courses listed below:

  • ESC 490G - Environmental Auditing (3)
  • ESC 495G - Risk Analysis (3)
  • ESC 496G - Watershed Management (3)
  • ESC 510 - Environmental Laws and Regulations (3)
  • ESC 535 - Integrated Waste Management (3)
Fifteen Graduate Semester Hours are Required for this Program


Environmental Science Management Courses Courses

Prefix ESC

444G.    Topics in Environmental Conservation (3,3). Prerequisites: ESC 500 or its equivalent. In-depth examination of various conservation issues. Topic selection varies, see instructor. May be duplicated for credit for a total of six semester hours.
490G.    Environmental Auditing (3). Prerequisite: ESC 500 or its equivalent. Overview of systematic auditing techniques with a focus on regulatory compliance, liability, environmental awareness, and ethics. The course will also cover process mapping as a tool of auditing, the new international standards (ISO 14000) and their implications on future industrial activity. Course will conclude with a class audit of a local facility and software application.
495G.    Risk Analysis (3). Prerequisite: ESC 500 or its equivalent. An in-depth study of methodologies for human and environmental risk analysis, with a focus on hazardous chemical releases. Case studies will be evaluated and compared.
496G.    Watershed Management (3). Prerequisites: ESC 300 or ESC 500 or their equivalents. Fundamental principles of the hydrologic processes occurring in watersheds. The material will cover the hydrologic impacts of management activities on watersheds such as: urbanization, farming, forestry, and recreational use. Case studies of watershed management techniques will be used to illustrate problems confronting our nation waters.
500.    Concepts in Environmental Science (3). Overview of environmental science principles, environmental health effects of pollutants, and a discussion of possible solutions that can be implemented to minimize or eliminate damage to Earth. Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues and their solutions. ESC 500 cannot be used to meet program/concentration requirements for graduation.
510.    Environmental Laws and Regulations (3). Prerequisite: ESC 500 or its equivalent. Laws, regulations, and policies regarding environmental quality. Review of local, state, and national inter-relationships with regard to promulgating environmental regulations. Local issues confronting regulatory agencies will be used to illustrate systems of pollution control and management.
535.    Integrated Waste Management (3). Prerequisite: ESC 500 or its equivalent. Overview of solid and hazardous waste issues at the local, state, national, and international levels. The focus on waste management will include a systems approach to waste separation and reuse, treatment and disposal of waste from both municipal and industrial activities.
541.    Groundwater Hydrology (3). Prerequisite: ESC 500 or its equivalent. Basic principles of groundwater hydrology and transport of contaminants in groundwater systems; groundwater system characteristics; hydrologic properties of earth materials.
565.    Hazardous Waste Remediation (3). Prerequisite: ESC 500 or its equivalent. An overview of physical, chemical and biological techniques for treatment of hazardous wastes, and the application of these techniques to decontaminate soil, water, and air. Case studies will illustrate current field techniques.
591.    Directed Research (3). Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the department head and ESC 500 or its equivalent. In depth study of selected topic(s).

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