What is the Master of Environmental Assessment Program?
Pollutants and naturally occurring substances pose a potential risk of having an adverse impact on human health and the environment. The proper management of these risks requires scientifically-based decision making. Environmental assessment bridges the gap between scientific research and the use of science in decision-making, regulation, and environmental management. By understanding and evaluating the sources, fate, and effects of pollutants in the environment we can develop a scientific basis for assessing risks and thus support regulatory, enforcement, and remedial-action decisions.
The Master of Environmental Assessment (EA) degree is intended for working professionals who seek advanced study beyond the undergraduate level but are not interested in pursuing a career in research. The EA degree is a joint non-thesis graduate degree program administered by the College of Natural Resources (CNR) and the College of Agriculture Life Sciences (CALS). The program requires 30 credit hours. Twenty-two credit hours will be in required courses with the remaining nine hours selected from the list of elective courses or equivalent. No thesis is required.
The courses are selected to offer a cohesive continuing education opportunity for people in agricultural, chemical, environmental, energy, natural resource, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and biotechnology fields. Companies and government research facilities in these fields, as well as regulatory agencies, all have a need for employees who understand the basic principles of environmental assessment, how to perform and review human and ecological risk assessments, and how these assessments relate to environmental regulation and management.
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The Master of Environmental Assessment Degree is an internet based Distance Education program, which allows us to better meet the flexible access needs of adult learners in the field of environmental assessment across the state, over the nation, and throughout the world. Students have contact with numerous faculty who come with a diverse set of research backgrounds. The program allows students to choose from a broad selection of electives courses across the University including the College of Natural Resources, the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering and the School of Public and International Affairs.
The Master of Environmental Assessment Degree is also part of the Professional Science Master's Program. Professional Science Masters programs are graduate degree programs that provide interdisciplinary coursework in the natural and mathmatical sciences in combination with the professional management training essential for careers in industry, government or nonprogfit organizations. Students and faculty in PSM programs typically enjoy a high level of interaction with working professionals through courses, projects, interships and networking.
NC State is one of the leading land grant universities in the nation, with more than 31,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff. With its 10 schools and colleges, NC State is consistently ranked among the top 50 public universities and is well recognized for its science, technology and mathematics programs. More than 1/3 of NC State’s overall faculty throughout its 10 colleges pursue teaching, research and extension activities related to the environment. They are engaged in efforts to enhance sustainability, understand the links between energy and the environment, provide forecasts of global climate change, and find better ways to conserve and manage natural resources.
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