Introduction

Educating the next generation of environmental leaders is essential to long term sustainability efforts. This certificate will give you a solid foundation in educational techniques that can be used to inform others about the many actions that are currently being taken to save our natural environments and combat climate change. Communicating the fragility of our ecosystem is the first step in building a healthier, more sustainable future.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

This graduate credit certificate is a partnership between Antioch University New England and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

Coursework involves 12 credits in community ecology, environmental education, and field techniques, along with an internship to apply these skills in a professional setting. All courses are delivered at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota.
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Degree Requirements

Program Length:

This certificate can be completed in two semesters (10 months).

Requirements

This 12-credit certificate can be applied as credits towards the Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England.

Required Courses (at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center):

  1. Community Ecology: Natural History of Lake Superior
  2. Foundations of Environmental Education & Sustainability
  3. EE Methods: Nature Teaching and Learning
  4. Internship & Seminar

 

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Introduction

Climate change education is essential for addressing perhaps the biggest environmental and social challenge in human history. We understand that to overcome this challenge we need to not only inform, but exponentially increase the number of advocates who are also raising awareness. Through empirical scientific data you will become an educator for one of the most pressing threats to a sustainable and healthy future.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies is a  leader in climate change preparedness and education, as evidenced by the Educators Summit at the Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference. View a video of the first (2014) Educator’s Summit.

AUNE’s Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience has partnered with the White House Administration’s (2015) launching of a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative “to help connect American students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

The certificate can be completed within 32 weeks. Climate Change Education certificate classes meet one day/week or as intensives, aligned with our current Environmental Studies’ delivery models.

Requirements:

The Environmental Studies Department offers this 9-credit certificate to matriculated and non-matriculated students. Matriculated students who fulfill the requirements of a certificate will earn a dual credential along with their Master of Science. We believe that each of these certificates will add tremendous value to our students’ professional development and career opportunities.

Students complete the required courses from the Environmental Studies MS curriculum, a minimum of  one course from each of the following areas:

  1. Certificate Core Requirement:
    • Earth Systems & Climate Change
  2. Conservation & Climate Science
    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Conservation Psychology: Theory and Practice
    • Field Techniques or related topics by permission
  3. Application
    • Curriculum Design (required for Science Teacher Certification)
    • Program Planning & Design
    • Advanced Topics: Climate Education

 

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Introduction

Through community, workplace and campus gardens, make healthy food accessible in every community to increase food security, mitigate climate change, and build community resistance. While this passionate and growing movement is gaining momentum, we still have a lot of work to do until every citizen has equal access to the fresh fruits and vegetables that should be a staple of their diets. We’re here to help you empower people to connect with the sources of their food, practice healthy eating, and build communities with a high degree of food security, to strengthen personal, communal, and environmental resiliency and health.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

Keene, New Hampshire, is committed to becoming the “healthiest community in America” by 2020 (Healthy Monadnock, http://www.healthymonadnock.org). The “Farm to School” movement is reshaping school lunch programs across the U.S. And various efforts are improving access to healthy food and reducing food insecurity across the globe.

AUNE’s Community Garden Connections (CGC) has several robust food justice and garden education programs to complement this certificate, including community-based gardens, workplace gardens, and campus gardens. Over 500 community members participate in CGC programming annually.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

The certificate can be completed within 32 weeks. Food Justice and Resilient Communities certificate courses meet one day/week or as intensives, aligned with our current Environmental Studies’ delivery models.

Requirements

The Environmental Studies Department offers this 9-credit certificate to matriculated and non-matriculated students. Matriculated students who fulfill the requirements of a certificate will earn a dual credential along with their Master of Science. We believe that each of these certificates will add tremendous value to our students’ professional development and career opportunities.

Students complete the required courses from the Environmental Studies MS curriculum, a minimum of  one course from each of the following areas:

  1. Certificate Core Requirement (choose one):
    • Community & School-based Sustainable Food Systems
    • Program Planning & Design
    • Citizen Participation & Sustainable Communities
  2. Conservation & Climate Science (choose one):
    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Civic Ecology Practices and Community Resilience
    • Field Techniques or related topics by permission
  3. Application (choose one):
    • Program Evaluation for Environmental and Conservation Educators
    • Soil Ecology
    • Principles of Sustainability
    • Advanced Topics or related topics by permission

 

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Introduction

Integrate conservation psychology into your work in conserving biodiversity, promoting sustainability, and developing effective environmental communication and education programs. This emerging interdisciplinary field promotes a scientific approach to understanding how environmental advocates can skillfully and effectively communicate important information with the public. Human attitudes, behaviors, and values towards sustainability can vary greatly, and it’s important to understand the diverse perspectives that different subcultures have towards environmental stewardship.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

Conservation Psychology is an emerging interdisciplinary field that promotes a scientific approach to understanding the reciprocal relationships of human beings with one another and the more than human world with the explicit aim of enhancing environmental and biodiversity conservation.

Through coursework, this certificate introduces students and practitioners to conservation psychology approaches and tools; builds current knowledge and skills in the arenas of conservation biology or climate and environmental science research; and offers a range of opportunities to integrate conservation psychology learning through applied skills in communication, cultural competence or program evaluation.

The certificate is ideal for people whose environmental and conservation science work requires additional skills to engage effectively in communicating with the public; for environmental education and advocacy practitioners who want to enhance their program and campaign development approaches; and as an introduction to social research for those whose research programs or questions engage them with human attitudes, values, and behavior.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

The certificate can be completed within 32 weeks. Conservation Psychology certificate courses meet one day/week or as intensives, aligned with our current Environmental Studies’ delivery models.

Requirements

The Environmental Studies Department offers this 9-credit certificate to matriculated and non-matriculated students. Matriculated students who fulfill the requirements of a certificate will earn a dual credential along with their Master of Science. We believe that each of these certificates will add tremendous value to our students’ professional development and career opportunities.

Students complete the required courses from the Environmental Studies MS curriculum, a minimum of  one course from each of the following areas:

  1. Certificate Core Requirement
    • Conservation Psychology: Theory and Practice
  2. Conservation & Climate Science):
    • Earth Systems and Climate Change
    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Conservation Biology
  3. Application
    • Program Evaluation for Environmental and Conservation Educators
    • Exhibit Design
    • Environmental Communication in the Digital Age
    • Diversity, Justice and Inclusion

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Engaged Scholarship for Working Professionals

Our doctoral program is founded on the conviction that theory and practice go hand-in-hand and that our most essential research questions arise from integrating professional experiences and scholarship. Approach your research with a multidisciplinary perspective, integrating science, policy, humanities, education, and service to pursue sustainable solutions to pressing local, national and international environmental challenges.

This degree is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

In this program, you’ll engage in coursework and seminars with a diverse and supportive group of students and faculty whose experience and wide-ranging interests will augment your own. Specialize in the research area for which you have a passion and apply the theories and methods best suited to your research interests.

Study with faculty who bridge disciplinary and methodological boundaries, who model the integration of scholarship and practice, who emphasize the role of service, and who are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally.

Environmental Studies integrates a wide range of concepts and ideas and embraces multiple methodological approaches to understanding and solving critical and emerging environmental challenges. The current areas of research interest and expertise among ES PhD students and faculty overlap significantly and intentionally, and indicate the richness of content, dialog, scholarship, and practice in our program.

The following illustrate the research areas of our students and faculty:

  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Decision-Making, Policy, and Governance
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental and Social Justice
  • Environmental, Sustainability, and Science Education
  • Food and the Environment
  • Resilience, Climate and Environmental Change

Cohort-Based Doctoral Program Delivery

The doctoral program in Environmental Studies is a 69-credit program that can be completed in 4-5 years.

Environmental studies doctoral students complete four phases of the program with their cohorts. Each phase spans approximately a year. In the first two phases, students are required to attend classes for an 8-day summer intensive during the first two years of the program. They are also required to attend classes on campus four weekends (Friday – Sunday) during the fall semester and four weekends during the spring semester of the first phase of the program; three weekends in the fall and three in the spring of the second phase; and two weekends each fall and spring semester in the third and fourth phases of the program. These doctoral weekends typically fall on the first or second weekend of each month.

The cohort model offers exposure to classmates’ research, sparking collaboration and innovation. Students and faculty remain engaged in each other’s work via online communication tools, which enables pathways for resources, support and critique that often results in lifelong bonds of friendship and collegiality.

Doctoral Curriculum

The program also requires weekly online work to supplement class time on campus. Students have a maximum limit of ten years from the date of entry to complete all degree requirements, including the dissertation, and 69 semester-hour credits beyond a Master’s. Students must complete the Candidacy Exam and successfully defend their Dissertation Proposal before admission to the Dissertation Phase. All of the courses described are required courses unless otherwise indicated. Required courses are listed under each competency area:

Phase 1 - Foundation Courses (18 credits)

The initial phase of AUNE’s doctoral program in environmental studies instills the foundations of interdisciplinary environmental studies and scholarship through intensive, integrative, theoretically oriented courses. Topics include research design, ecological thought, applied ecological analysis, global environmental change, political economy and sustainability, and environmental history.

  • Summer Semester: 8 day intensive
  • Fall Semester: 4 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 4 weekends

Required courses:

  • Introduction to Research Design
  • Ecological Thought
  • Comparative Ecological Analysis
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Political Economy and Sustainability
  • Environmental History

Phase 2 - Research Strategies and Learning Domains (24 credits)

The program’s second phase includes a series of seminars about scientific research where students focus on methodologies, literature, and theoretical frameworks to guide their research interests. They discuss their work with leading scholars and writers and learn how others frame and execute their research. Students also design and complete four individual “learning domain” courses, each with an individual mentor, that allows them to focus and deepen their knowledge and research skills in their specific area of future dissertation research.

  • Summer Semester: 8-day intensive
  • Fall Semester: 3 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 3 weekends

Required courses:

  • Research Strategy – Quantitative: Theory, Method, and Design
  • Research Strategy – Qualitative: Theory, Method, and Design
  • Doctoral Learning Domain
  • Individualized Learning Contract, to be selected from:
    • Approved Antioch graduate courses
    • Doctoral Learning Domain Projects (independent studies, formal courses)
    • Reading Seminars

Phase 3 – Candidacy (9 credits)

During the candidacy phase (or the dissertation phase), students complete a service learning seminar and project related to their academic goals. This phase also focuses on preparation to pass a qualifying exam in the form of writing an integrated essay about their area of research interests and completion of their dissertation proposals. The timing and sequence of the candidacy phase will vary for each student depending on her or his own pace.

  • Summer Semester: 8-day intensive (optional)
  • Fall Semester: 2 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 2 weekends

Required courses:

  • Doctoral Qualifying Exam
  • Dissertation Proposal Seminar *
  • Service Learning Seminar*

* May be taken the previous year in the program with permission of advisor and instructor.

Phase 4 – The Dissertation Process (18 credits)

During the fourth and final phase of the program, students participate in seminars designed to support all aspects of the dissertation process. They design and conduct original research and analyses that have direct social, environmental, political, and educational impacts. Finally, they write their doctoral dissertation.

  • Summer Semester: 8-day intensive (optional)
  • Fall Semester: 2 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 2 weekends

Required courses:

  • Service Learning Project *
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Doctoral Dissertation

* May be taken the previous year in the program with permission of advisor and instructor.


Backgrounds, Goals, and Outcomes

Students who pursue AUNE’s PhD in Environmental Studies are united by the desire to research and move forward crucial environmental issues. They have diverse academic, professional, and personal experiences that add value to the comprehensive curriculum. Our students’ and graduates’ backgrounds include:

  • Academic and Research Positions. Field biologists and conservation biologists who enter this program typically have extensive practical experience and have worked for state, federal, nonprofit, and non-governmental organizations in the US and abroad. They frequently seek positions in academic settings or research institutions after earning their PhD.
  • Advanced Environmental Scholarship and Research. Environmentalists with significant work experience pursue this program to grow both academically and professionally. They are reflective practitioners interested in furthering their scholarship and research.
  • Career Advancement. Educators, college faculty without a doctorate, independent scholars, education and policy consultants, journalists, naturalists, conservation biologists, environmental educators, and recent graduates of master’s level ecology and environmental studies programs earn their PhD in Environmental Studies from AUNE to advance their chosen careers.
  • New Approaches. Independent scholars, outdoor or adventure educators, therapists, social workers, writers, and artists interested in the psycho-spiritual aspects of environmental studies pursue this program to develop new approaches to learning, teaching, healing, and organizational change.

Admissions

Application Deadline

Antioch University New England processes applications for most programs on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. All application materials should be received in Admissions by the dates listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department.

Environmental Studies PhD: March 1 (for summer entry)

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
  3. Three letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

Official transcripts should be emailed to admissions.ane@antioch.edu or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.

Criteria

As a graduate school providing doctoral level education, Antioch University New England assesses each applicant’s academic experience and promise, personal and interpersonal competence, and professional experience and promise. Our aim is to attract a talented, committed student body, marked by professional, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

All doctoral students must maintain a full-time course load. Waiving required courses will be approved only in exceptional situations. Transfer coursework from another accredited doctoral program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Requirements
  • A Master’s degree either in an environmentally related field or in a field that has prepared the applicant to undertake research required in the PhD program.
  • In extraordinary circumstances, when the applicant can demonstrate significant life or professional experience, any of the aforementioned requirements may be waived by the Doctoral Admissions Committee.
  • The Department of Environmental Studies does not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and invite you to demonstrate your academic potential in a variety of ways.
Portfolio

The Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies requires an application portfolio which must be received by application deadline.

The application portfolio includes seven documents:

  • Application, which provides the most recent information about your education, professional experience, references, and other personal data.
  • Transcripts from each college or university attended, indicating courses taken and degrees earned. Both undergraduate and graduate school transcripts must arrive at the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope or sent via secure transcripts email service.
  • Three letters of reference. These references should be from persons who are or have been in a position to evaluate your work. Your recommenders can submit their letter electronically using the online application or send a signed, sealed copy directly to Admissions.
  • Resumé
  • Personal statement
  • Academic Plan. Prepare a narrative outline of your academic interests, including the principal areas of study, the seminal literature you may read, and some research ideas that flow from these interests. Briefly describe your initial ideas regarding the doctoral dissertation. We understand that these are initial ideas that will be revised throughout your program.
  • Work sample. This should be one piece of professional or academic work that you think is representative of your finest efforts. It might be a published essay or a chapter of a book, a curriculum, a grant proposal, a business plan, a strategic plan, a newsletter, or other types of documents. The submitted document should not exceed fifteen pages in length. If your document is longer, please excerpt the most relevant section.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

A Doctoral education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Concentrations

    Additional Info

    ES Doctoral Weekend Intensives

    Spring 2018

    • Jan. 26, 27, 28 (Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4)
    • Feb 23, 24 , 25 (Phase 1 only)
    • March 23, 24,25 (Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4)
    • April 20, 21,22 (Phases 1 and 2)
    • June 5-22 (Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4)

    Upcoming Events

    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Introduction

    By integrating courses in environmental science, social science, and organizational leadership, the Sustainable Development and Climate Change concentration prepares adult learners like you for the rigorous challenges that environmental advocates face every day. The complex arena of sustainability and environmental protection involves tricky navigation of public and private interests. The convoluted, multifaceted problems that you’ll face require the proper skill, knowledge, and leadership to help develop fair compromises in the face of adversity.

    This degree is offered by AU New England.


     

    Program Overview

    The Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC) will empower you to learn and apply knowledge from key areas such as ecological and climate science, policy formulation and implementation, stakeholder participation and organizational decision-making.

    Our faculty work with our students to achieve their goals and develop as leaders. In the course of the SDCC program, students become:

    • Scientists: Our students learn to critically assess the antagonistic and synergetic dynamics of maintaining the functional values of natural systems in a changing landscape. They learn to identify field indicators of impact from development while mastering field-data collection methods and field equipment use. These assessment techniques are the key to sustainable development for the future.
    • Critical Thinkers: We train our students to use resources and develop the skills for effectively balancing economic development with the protection of natural resources.
    • Leaders: The SDCC concentration trains our students to identify and understand the scientific and social complexities within the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies, including ethics, sustainability and social justice. Understanding these complexities is an important part of being able to facilitate solutions to the complex multi-issue, multi-stakeholder environmental problems of today.
    • Conservationists: For our students conservation is not simply scientific understanding of the natural systems, nor just conducting research within the natural world. Both of these are necessary activities but not sufficient. Ultimately, conservation is decision-making and subsequently managing the implementation of those decisions.
    • Visionaries: Our students learn to demonstrate and apply theory into practice. We focus on facilitative and adaptive leadership as well as applying skills in external stakeholder capacity building. Our students understand the definition and requirements of organizational sustainability.

    Degree Requirements

    Length of Program:

    This coursework for this program can be completed in 5 semesters. Classes meet one day a week plus 3-5 weekends per semester.

    Coursework:

    To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies with a Sustainable Development & Climate Change concentration, you must earn a minimum of 36 credits distributed as follows:

    Core Areas (9 credits, select 3 out of 4 courses):

    • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
    • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (3)
    • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
    • Leadership for Change (3)

    Concentration courses (15 credits):

    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation, and Mitigation (3) –Required
    • Energy and Materials Sustainability (3) – Required
    • Building Sustainable Organizations (3)
    • Conservation Psychology Theory & Application(3)
    • Land Use and Protection Techniques (3)
    • Principles of Sustainable Systems (3)
    • Watershed Science and Management (3)
    • In consultation with a student’s academic adviser, other courses may be selected from the complete suite of concentration course offerings

    Skills courses (6 credits)

    • Intro to GIS (3)
    • Advanced GIS (3)
    • Applied GIS (3)
    • Communication in the Digital Age (2)
    • Consulting Skills (1)
    • Dispute Resolution (1)
    • Diversity, Justice & Inclusion (2)
    • Field Study Trips (2-3)
    • Natural Resource Inventory: field Techniques (2)
    • Proposal Writing and Project Management (3)
    • Service Learning Seminar (1)
    • with permission of the academic adviser, students may substitute 2-3 credits of skills with a concentration course

    General Internship (3 credits)
    Capstone Project or 2nd Internship (3 credits)

    Most course offerings rotate over a 2-year cycle;  Professional Science Masters students should select courses in consultation with their academic adviser to meet additional requirements; Students who select 1 and 2 credit courses should plan carefully with their academic adviser to avoid additional cost; Students entering under a recognized partnership with AUNE should discuss degree requirements with their academic adviser.

    International Service Program

    Combine this concentration with Peace Corps service. Through the AUNE International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service tuition-free and change the world.

    Career Outlook

    Graduates are prepared for a variety of environmental careers in the public and private sector including environmental regulation, environmental consulting, local and regional planning, and environmental non-profit leadership.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of their Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC), students are able to:

    • Identify and understand the scientific and social complexities within the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies including ethics, sustainability and social justice;
    • Critically assess the dynamics of maintaining the functional values of natural systems in a changing landscape;
    • Comprehend the dynamics of environmental change at multiple temporal and spatial scales;
    • Understand the structural and functional tenets of organizations in order to maximize their resilience and adaptive capacity in changing regulatory and economic environments;
    • Facilitate solutions to complex multi-issue, multi-stakeholder landscape scale environmental issues;
    • Utilize resources and skills to build needed capacity at the local level to effectively balance economic development with protection of natural resources;
    • Demonstrate competence in field identification of indicators of impact from development;
    • Master field-data collection methods and equipment;
    • Demonstrate the ability to quantitatively and spatially analyze environmental data;
    • Demonstrate proficiency in modeling skills to project possible consequences from current land-use and development decisions;
    • Be adept at proposing, managing and completing team projects, within proposed timelines and budgets;
    • Demonstrate effective communication that effectively translates technical, scientific and economic information for local decision-makers.

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    Upcoming Events

    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Related Degrees (Must Be Handpicked Using Degree Blocks with Appropriate IDs)

    Introduction

    Work with an AUNE advisor to strategize and design a program that aligns with the career path that you envision for your future. We understand that if your career goals transcend the academic boundaries of our existing Environmental Studies programs, you may consider a more individualized approach. That’s why we work with you to develop a rigorous, yet rewarding, academic framework that is both goal oriented and structured enough to bestow the academic depth needed to engage in meaningful practice. If your interests lie at the intersection of disciplines, this option provides the specific customization you’re seeking.

    This degree is offered by AU New England.


     

    Program Overview

    This intersection of disciplines might occur at nature and writing, conservation and communications, agriculture and community, art and environment, ecology and psychology or another combination of focuses. Those choosing this option must have a predominantly environmental focus, a strong academic background, experience in their proposed field of study, and clearly articulated professional goals.

    Consider a sampling of some of our students’ Self-Designed Study titles: Green Marketing, Endangered Species Management and Biological Conservation, Environmental Advocacy and Journalism, Environmental and Social Sustainability, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Social Justice Education, Environmental Media Arts, Environmental Writing and Creative Arts, Materials Management & Sustainability Science, Public Understanding of Earth Systems, Sustainable Recreation, Urban Environmental Stewardship, Watershed Management.

    Degree Requirements

    Length of Program:

    This coursework for this program can be completed in 5 semesters. Classes are held 2 days a week plus internship and capstone.

    Coursework:

    This program is designed for students with strong academic backgrounds in their concentration and significant work experience in the environmental field. Students interested in self-designed studies must submit a program title, description, and course plan to the Director of Self-Designed Studies for approval upon matriculation. The approved plan must then be placed in your academic record in the University Registrar’s Office. To earn an MS in Environmental Studies, with a Self-Designed Studies, you must earn a minimum of 36 credits distributed as follows:

    Core Areas (9 credits, select 3 out of 4 courses):

    • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
    • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (3)
    • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
    • Leadership for Change (3)

    Concentration courses (15 credits):

    • To be selected with academic adviser from suite of concentration course offerings

    Skills courses (6 credits)

    • Intro to GIS (3)
    • Advanced GIS (3)
    • Applied GIS (3)
    • Communication in the Digital Age (2)
    • Consulting Skills (1)
    • Dispute Resolution (1)
    • Diversity, Justice & Inclusion (2)
    • Field Study Trips (2-3)
    • Natural Resource Inventory: field Techniques (2)
    • Proposal Writing and Project Management (3)
    • Service Learning Seminar (1)

    General Internship (3 credits)
    Capstone Project or 2nd Internship (3 credits)

    Most course offerings rotate over a 2-year cycle;  Professional Science Masters students should select courses in consultation with their academic adviser to meet additional requirements; Students who select 1 and 2 credit courses should plan carefully with their academic adviser to avoid additional cost; Students entering under a recognized partnership with AUNE should discuss degree requirements with their academic adviser.

    International Service Program

    Combine this concentration with Peace Corps service. Through the AUNE International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service tuition free and change the world.

    Career Outlook

    The diverse career paths of graduates from Self-Designed Studies reflect the unique goals of these students. Many students use the program to develop skills and expertise to advance existing careers through the development of an environmental specialty. Other students use the program to empower their environmental work with specialized skills in organizational administration, communications or field sciences. Graduates of the program are employed in every sector of environmental work, from private consulting and regulatory enforcement to education, advocacy and the arts.

    Applied Internship Requirements

    One of the hallmarks of our program is that students are required to complete at least one applied internship (3 credits), in which they gain valuable skills and build important professional networks. Students may choose to do a second internship in lieu of a final Capstone project or thesis. Examples of internships include:

    • Audubon International: Assisted in the Audubon certification of Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury, NH, including wildlife and habitat management, integrated pest management, water conservation, outreach, and education
    • Grafton Nature Center, Grafton, VT: Designed and implemented environmental education curriculum focused on watersheds
    • Lake Sunapee Protective Association, Sunapee, NH: As Watershed Protection assistant, assisted water quality restoration projects, prepared environmental education materials, and answered local citizen’s questions about the watershed
    • Living on Earth, Somerville, MA: Researched, produced, and edited weekly environmental issues show on public radio
    • National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, Washington, DC: Provided upcoming program support including a new page on the Classroom Earth website and a new educational partnership with NOAA
    • New England Wildflower Society, Framingham, MA: Assisted in teaching second and fourth grade public school classrooms about local flora
    • Pitcher Mountain Community Supported Agriculture, Keene, NH: Worked on the CSA farm including planting, harvesting, watering, and building raised beds
    • Seeds of Solidarity, Orange, MA: Developed and taught a garden program for teenagers, developed a handbook for local schools on how to create and maintain school gardens
    • Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH: Environmental educator for grades PreK-6, led classes including wildlife in winter, ice harvesting, and maple sugaring
    • Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center, Lincolnville, ME: Coordinated and trained summer staff, developed environmental education curriculum, coordinated and taught day camp program
    • Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, Keene, NH-Designed and co-facilitated educational workshops relating to citizen science initiatives
    • Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Waterbury, VT: Developed and led youth conservation crew experiences, designed and implemented a plan for a pilot AmeriCorps program at the VYCC
    • Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY: Exhibit design and interpretation projects at the Bronx Zoo; researched and evaluated existing exhibits at the zoo
    • Conservation Psychology Network/Antioch Environmental Studies Department, Keene, NH: Created book prospectus, including sample activities, for conservation psychology activity book for use by formal and nonformal educators to teach and apply principles of this growing field
    • Whole Terrain, student editor, Keene, NH: solicited authors and crafted Antioch University New England’s journal of reflective environmental practice from “zero to press”
    • Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY: Completed research interview process with children to gain a deeper understanding of ecoliteracy
    • Cool Monadnock (Partnership between Antioch New England Institute & Clean Air Cool Planet), Keene, NH: Collected energy and fuel data for municipality’s buildings to create town greenhouse gas inventory reports. Created communications plan for Cool Monadnock Neighbors Helping Neighbors program
    • Student Conservation Association, Seattle, WA: Served as crew leader for high school students doing trail work at Mt. Rainier National Park
    • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development: Worked with president on wide-variety of projects, ranging from marketing and writing articles to fundraising efforts and web creation to support creation of this international organization.
    • Life Is Good Company, Hudson, NH: Designed educational programs on site to enhance sustainability efforts
    • International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, WI: Developed and led interpretive tours and programs associated with crane exhibits, nature trails, ecological restoration, and other site features

    Admissions / Cost / Aid

    Upcoming Events

    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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    New Science Teachers in High Demand!

    Become a science teacher who works with your students to solve compelling classroom and community-based problems. Create playful, active, and rigorous science classrooms where students design their own scientific investigations in order to answer intriguing questions, all the while meeting educational standards. Learn how to teach for engagement, act more like a coach, facilitator, and guide and effectively manage your classrooms with empathy and respect.

    Learn how to design and teach problem-solving and inquiry-based lessons in one of our three lab schools during your first semester, develop student-centered month-long units on science topics of your choice during Curriculum Design, design and teach experiential science lessons to middle and high school students in another one of our lab schools. Student teach anywhere in the country, and develop an online professional teaching portfolio that will make your job applications jump to the top of the pile.

    This degree is offered by AU New England.


     

    Program Overview

    This concentration is the only science teacher certification graduate program in the country that is housed in an environmental studies department. Consequently, our graduate students want to infuse their middle-level science (grades 5-8) and life sciences (grades 7-12) with ecology, environmental science, and natural history.

    Because you are earning an MS in Environmental Studies along with your science teaching certification, you can pursue both formal and non-formal education careers. And for those of you who want to teach during your summers off, you can also find opportunities in non-formal educational settings like summer camps, outdoor adventure programs, science museums, nature centers, and environmental learning centers.

    Degree Requirements

    Length of Program:

    This coursework for this program can be completed in 5 semesters. Classes are held on Thursdays & Fridays, and occasional weekends. Full-time student teaching can take place almost anywhere in the country during the final semester.

    Coursework:

    To earn the MS degree with certification in either Life Sciences or Middle-Level Science you must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credits, meet the general education requirements, and satisfy the prerequisites listed below. These prerequisites do not have to be satisfied before you apply or begin the program.

    Core Areas (9 credits, select 3 out of 4 courses):

    • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3) – Required
    • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (3) – Required
    • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
    • Leadership for Change (3)

    Concentration courses (18 credits):

    • Conceptual and Human Development (3)
    • Curriculum Design (3)
    • Foundations of Science and Environmental Education (3)
    • Problem Solving Science (3)
    • Teaching Exceptional Children (2)
    • School Law (1)
    • Science Teaching Methods (3)
    • In consultation with a student’s academic adviser, other courses may be selected from the complete suite of concentration course offerings

    Skills courses (3 credits)

    • Intro to GIS (3)
    • Advanced GIS (3)
    • Applied GIS (3)
    • Communication in the Digital Age (2)
    • Consulting Skills (1)
    • Dispute Resolution (1)
    • Diversity, Justice & Inclusion (2)
    • Field Study Trips (2-3)
    • Natural Resource Inventory: field Techniques (2)
    • Proposal Writing and Project Management (3)
    • Service Learning Seminar (1)
    • with permission of the academic adviser, students may substitute 2-3 credits of skills with a concentration course

    Capstone – Student Teaching (6 credits)

    Most course offerings rotate over a 2-year cycle;  Professional Science Masters students should select courses in consultation with their academic adviser to meet additional requirements; Students who select 1 and 2 credit courses should plan carefully with their academic adviser to avoid additional cost; Students entering under a recognized partnership with AUNE should discuss degree requirements with their academic adviser.

    Requirements prior to graduation (Prerequisites):
    In addition to a solid academic background in at least one science area, you must satisfactorily complete (“B” or better) courses from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution (within the last 10 years of beginning the program), or obtain a passing score on an equivalent CLEP exam before you can be recommended for certification to the State of NH. The prerequisites do not need to be completed before attending; however, they must be satisfied for recommendation to the NH Department of Education for certification. See additional info for details

    Career Outlook

    Our graduates teach life, physical, earth, and environmental science in the middle school, and biology, AP environmental science, and ecology in the high school. All our certification graduates instill their curricula with an environmental science sustainability and ecology orientation.

    For years, 100% of AUNE’s Science Teacher Certification graduates seeking teaching roles have been hired as science teachers, often within 30 days before or after graduation. There is a critical shortage of middle level and high school science teachers in most states, and a demand for new science teachers is projected into the foreseeable future.

    Teacher certification alumni also direct after-school programs, direct and/or teach in environmental camps and outdoor leadership programs during their summer breaks, as well as write environmental and ecology curricula.

    Internships

    Teacher certification students must complete one 6-credit, 15-week full-time student teaching assignment. Student teaching occurs during the fifth and final semester. All students also participate in a weekly seminar, either virtually or at AUNE.

    Student teaching can happen in public and private middle and high schools throughout the country. While most of our students find sites in New England, recent graduates have also student taught in California, Colorado, Washington, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia. A small sampling of New England-based student teaching sites follows.

    New Hampshire

    • Contoocook Valley High School, Peterborough, NH, high school biology
    • Keene High School, Keene, NH, biology, environmental science, earth science, and oceanography
    • Keene Middle School, Keene, NH, 7th grade life science with emphasis on research design, and experimentation
    • Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, NH, honors biology and physical science
    • Monadnock Regional High School, East Swanzey, NH, 8th grade physical science
    • South Meadow Middle School, Peterborough, NH, general science and mathematics
    • Westmoreland School, Westmoreland, NH, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade earth, space, biology, and physical science
    • Soughegan High School, Amherst, NH, biology and geology

    Maine

    • Belfast Area High School, Belfast, ME, biology, environmental science
    • Camden-Rockport High School, Camden, ME, middle and high school research biology, laboratory biology, and earth science
    • Isleboro Central School, Iselboro, ME, 7th-12th grade biology and marine sciences
    • Lakes Region, Bridgton, ME, biology
    • Mary E. Taylor Middle School, Camden, ME, general science

    Massachusetts

    • R.J. Grey Junior High School, Action, MA, 8th grade general science
    • Francis W. Parker Charter School, Ayer, MA, 10th-11th grade biology; 9th-10th grade chemistry
    • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA, biology (basic and intensive)
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Dorchester, MA, 6th and 8th grade general science, hydrology, and astronomy (bilingual science teaching)
    • Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA, high school biology and environmental studies
    • Shutesbury Elementary School, Shutesbury, MA, 6th grade life science
    • Wayland Middle School, Wayland, MA, 7th grade life science
    • Pentucket Regional Middle School, West Newbury, MA, 8th grade earth science

    Vermont

    • Brattleboro Area Middle School, Brattleboro, VT, life, physical, and earth science
    • Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro, VT, life science, earth science
    • Compass School, Westminster West, VT, life science
    • F.H. Tuttle Middle School, Burlington, VT, 6th grade science/mathematics
    • Guilford Central School, Guilford, VT, 7th-8th grade general, physical, earth, and life science
    • Vergennes Union Junior High School, Vergennes, VT, middle school science and mathematics
    • Wilmington High School, Wilmington, VT, biology and astronomy

    Admissions / Cost / Aid

    Life Science Certification Prerequisites

    You must satisfactorily complete (“B” or better) the following courses from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution (within the last 10 years of beginning the program) or obtain a passing score on an equivalent College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam before you can be recommended for certification to the State of NH. The prerequisites do not need to be completed before attending; however, they must be satisfied for recommendation to the NH Department of Education for certification.

    • two semesters of Basic Biology with lab (molecular and cellular, CLEP accepted toward one of the two semesters)
    • one semester of Chemistry with a lab (CLEP accepted)
    • one semester of Mathematics (CLEP accepted)
    • one semester of Physics (not available at Antioch; CLEP not offered by ETS; “B” or better from Excelsior College UExcel Examination in Physics [1] accepted)

    [1] http://www.excelsior.edu/exams/physics

    Middle-Level Science Certification Prerequisites

    In addition to a solid academic background in at least one science area, you must satisfactorily complete (“B” or better) the following courses from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution (within the last 10 years of beginning the program), or obtain a passing score on an equivalent CLEP exam before you can be recommended for certification to the State of NH. The prerequisites do not need to be completed before attending; however, they must be satisfied for recommendation to the NH Department of Education for certification.

    • one semester of Basic Biology with lab (molecular and cellular, CLEP accepted)
    • one semester of Chemistry with a lab (CLEP accepted)
    • one semester of Mathematics (CLEP accepted)
    • semester of Physics (not available at Antioch; CLEP not offered by ETS; “B” or better from Excelsior College UExcel Examination in Physics[1] accepted)

    [1] http://www.excelsior.edu/exams/physics

    Upcoming Events

    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Be a passionate advocate for environmental conservation, education, and justice.

    Learning the skills of ecological inquiry, complex problem solving, and building relationships with professional networks and local communities equips you to be an effective conservation professional in nonprofit conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, educational settings, and private consulting firms. Developing and implementing conservation plans, conducting natural resource inventories, managing land for plant and wildlife habitat, working with local communities to generate solutions to environmental problems, and teaching conservation in formal and informal educational settings are all aspects of Conservation Biology.

    This degree is offered by AU New England.


     

    Program Overview

    Students in the Conservation Biology concentration develop strong skills in natural history, ecological research, quantitative analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), environmental communication, and organizational leadership. If you join our program, you will gain deep understanding of the guiding principles of environmental studies and conservation biology, practical field experience to solve applied environmental problems, and leadership skills to facilitate solutions collaboratively.

    Requirements for our MS Degree with a concentration in Conservation Biology include a combination of foundational content courses (“Core” courses), conservation-focused courses (“Concentration” courses), and various electives, as well as research and applied internships. Graduates leave with strong interdisciplinary training that balances breadth and depth, and are able to conduct rigorous scientific study and understand the social contexts essential to forging effective conservation initiatives. By learning to link science to the conservation and management activities typical of nonprofit organizations, state and federal agencies, educational institutions, and consulting firms, our graduates are well prepared to make a real difference in the conservation world.

    Degree Requirements

    Length of Program:

    The requirements for this program can be completed in 5 semesters, and classes are held primarily on Thursdays and Fridays with some optional weekend courses. Capstone work varies in type and duration, depending upon topic and project scale.

    Coursework:

    To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies with a Conservation Biology concentration, you must complete a minimum of 36 credits distributed as follows:

    Core Areas (9 credits, select 3 out of 4 courses):

    • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3)
    • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (3)
    • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
    • Leadership for Change (3)

    Concentration courses (15 credits):

    • Biostatistics (3)- Required
    • Conservation Biology (3)- Required
    • New England Flora (3)
    • Research Seminar (3)
    • Soil Ecology (3)
    • Vertebrate Ecology: Herpetology (3)
    • Vertebrate Ecology: Mammalogy (3)
    • Vertebrate Ecology: Ornithology (3)
    • Wetlands Ecology(3)
    • Wildlife and Forest Management (3)
    • In consultation with a student’s academic adviser, other courses may be selected from the complete suite of concentration course offerings

    Skills courses (6 credits)

    • Intro to GIS (3)
    • Advanced GIS (3)
    • Applied GIS (3)
    • Communication in the Digital Age (2)
    • Consulting Skills (1)
    • Dispute Resolution (1)
    • Diversity, Justice & Inclusion (2)
    • Field Study Trips (2-3)
    • Natural Resource Inventory: field Techniques (2)
    • Proposal Writing and Project Management (3)
    • Service Learning Seminar (1)
    • with permission of the academic adviser, students may substitute 2-3 credits of skills with a concentration course

    General Internship (3 credits)
    Capstone Project or 2nd Internship (3 credits)

    Capstone Project (choose one of the capstone options below):

    • Master’s Project: Typically a descriptive, applied independent research project (e.g., a natural resource inventory of a local, regional, or national conservation property)
    • Master’s Thesis: Typically an experimental independent research project that may be fundamental or applied (e.g., the effect of salt marsh restoration on shellfish populations in the Gulf of Maine)
    • Collaborative Service Initiative. An interdisciplinary, small-group project with students from other MS concentrations in which the team conducts a short-term (3-5 months) service project for a local, regional, or national environmental organization

    Most course offerings rotate over a 2-year cycle;  Professional Science Masters students should select courses in consultation with their academic adviser to meet additional requirements; Students who select 1 and 2 credit courses should plan carefully with their academic adviser to avoid additional cost; Students entering under a recognized partnership with AUNE should discuss degree requirements with their academic adviser.

    International Service Program

    You may wish to combine this concentration with Peace Corps service. Through the AUNE International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service tuition-free and change the world.

    Certificates

    If you’d like to gain deeper training and expertise to complement your MS degree, consider adding coursework to earn a certificate in GIS, Conservation Psychology, Environmental and Sustainability Education, Climate Change Education, or Food Justice and Resilient Communities.

    AUNE Environmental Studies Centers

    To enrich your academic training and build your skills, become involved with any of our on-campus centers:

    Professional Science Master’s

    Antioch University New England is the only graduate school in New Hampshire partnered with the United States Council of Graduate Schools to allow our Environmental Studies students to gain a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) designation for their MS degree. A PSM designation complements the MS degree by showing prospective employers that our graduates have deep training in both STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and professional skills in business (e.g., finance, grant and proposal writing), communication, leadership, and regulation (e.g., management, administration, program evaluation). The PSM designation is optional; read more about it here.

    Career Outlook

    Graduates from our Conservation Biology concentration have various important leadership roles in environmental conservation around the world. Some alums go on to doctoral work in ecology and conservation, many are publishing their research, and all are making the world a better place. Here are some examples of the exciting conservation careers our alums are currently pursuing around the world:

    • Environmental Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Montpelier, VT
    • Environmental Compliance Specialist, New York City Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Research Scientist in Soil Ecology, University of New Hampshire
    • Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, Milwaukee, WI
    • Director of Environmental Programs and Sustainability, Vermont Academy
    • Coastal and Marine Planning Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Great Lakes, MI
    • Project Manager, Ugalla Primate Project, Kigoma, Tanzania
    • Biological Technician, Forest Health Monitoring Team, National Park Service
    • Science Director, Harris Center for Conservation Education, Harrisville, NH
    • Director of Land Protection and Stewardship, Mohonk Preserve, NY
    • Stewardship Director, Monadnock Conservancy, NH
    • Natural Resources Environmental Coordinator, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, MA
    • Environmental Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    • Environmental Scientist, Professional Environmental Engineers, St. Louis, MO
    • Adjunct Professor of Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Science, various colleges and universities
    • Research Ecologist, US Forest Service
    • Ecology and Environmental Science Teacher, Milbrook School, Milbrook, NY
    • Environmental Consultant, Wilkinson Ecological Design, Orleans, MA
    • Research Associate, Sample6 Technologies, Boston, MA
    • Raptor Observatory Coordinator, NH Audubon Society
    • Land Project Manager, Winnakee Land Trust, Rhinebeck, NY
    • Fish and Wildlife Technician, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Park Ranger, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
    • Nature Instructor, Lamoille County Conservation District, VT
    • Founder and Creative Director, Roots and Trails, Montpelier, VT
    • Environmental Studies Teacher, Community College of VT, Montpelier, VT
    • Program Associate, Bird Friendly Community, National Audubon Society
    • Conservation Planner, Williston, VT
    • Director of Recreation and Outdoor Programs, Landmark College, VT
    • Energy Educator, VT Energy Education Program
    • Scientist, EcoAdapt
    • Birding and Nature Guide, Manu, HI Conservation Birding and Nature Tours
    • Regional Editor, North American Birds Quarterly
    • eBird Regional Reviewer, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    • Plant Propagator and Facilities Coordinator, New England Wildflower Society
    • GIS Analyst, Zayo Group
    • Research Technician, CO Division of Wildlife

    Applied Internship Requirements

    One of the hallmarks of our program is that students are required to complete at least one applied internship (3 credits), in which they gain valuable skills and build important professional networks. Students may choose to do a second internship in lieu of a final Capstone project or thesis. Examples of internships include:

    • Loon monitoring and research with the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine
    • Tracking endangered turtles in Florida wetlands
    • Conducting research on shark ecology at the Cape Eleuthera Island School in the Bahamas
    • Researching Atlantic salmon restoration for the Department of Environmental Protection in Connecticut
    • Studying rare and endangered plants at the New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands
    • Surveying and monitoring alpine vegetation for the Adirondack Mountain Club in New York
    • Working on an agroforestry restoration project at Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica
    • Conducting wetland plant inventories at Cape Cod National Seashore
    • Restoring wild lupine and karner blue butterflies with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in New Hampshire

    Click here to view some of the recent internship sites of students in the Conservation Biology program

    • The Nature Conservancy: Conducted ecological assessment of recently acquired lands, identify significant ecological features, rare plants, and unusual natural communities; produce report and GIS data layers documenting results
    • Antioch University New England, Environmental Studies contract: Assisted in vegetation analysis component of natural resource inventory on 4000-acre parcel in central New Hampshire
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Collected fish, substrate, and water samples to assess mercury levels in freshwater lakes in southern New Hampshire
    • Vermont Institute of Natural Science: Conducted bird surveys as part of the Forest Bird Monitoring Program in Vermont
    • Manomet Center for Conservation Science: Assisted in long-term bird-banding operations in coastal Massachusetts
    • Vermont Audubon Society: Assistant director of summer environmental education camp, responsible for teaching, supervision, and administration
    • Teton Science School: Coordinated and taught workshop for teachers dealing with water quality monitoring and stream habitat assessment protocols
    • Audubon Society of New Hampshire: Identified potential vernal pools from aerial photographs and conduct field checks; worked with landowners and volunteers to develop monitoring programs
    • Appalachian Mountain Club: Surveyed and mapped natural plant communities in a 1000-acre wetland/bog complex in Maine
    • Center for Tropical Ecology, Antioch University New England: Organized symposium, “Conservation without Borders: The Impact of Conservation on Human Communities” aimed at promoting the interdisciplinary nature of conservation through an examination of the social, political, and economic impact of conservation on human communities
    • U.S. Forest Service, Northeast Research Station, New Hampshire: Lab technician, assisted with chemical analysis of foliar and soil samples
    • Monadnock Ecological Research and Education Project, Summit Steward on Mt. Monadnock in NH: Interacted with visitors on summit explaining impact of foot falls and climate change on subalpine vegetation

    Capstone

    AUNE’s Conservation Biology concentration gives students the research and field skills to understand the linkages between ecology and real-life conservation issues. Central to the program is the verifying capstone. These capstones allow you to demonstrate your knowledge on how to plan, design and implement and report a substantial project. All capstones allow you to define research questions, collect conceptual and background information from related studies, identify protocols for appropriate data collection and analysis, and follow the work through to its completion.

    Admissions / Cost / Aid

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    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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    Introduction

    Scientific discovery is groundbreaking, but advocacy is essential to forging real progress and enacting systems-level change. Whether you want to make an impact at the community, state, national or international level, we’ll help you develop the knowledge, skills, and networks to be effective. Equip yourself with the skills to bring environmental issues to the forefront of global progress.

    This degree is offered by AU New England.


     

    Program Overview

    Direct community-based organizations, research solutions to critical environmental and social challenges, or lead communications and development projects for a range of organizations. Advance clean energy. Mitigate climate change and help communities adapt to its impacts. Lead conservation and sustainable resource initiatives. Lead organizations committed to economic, environmental, and social justice. You choose the type of advocacy work you want to do and we’ll help you prepare for it.

    Degree Requirements

    Length of Program:

    This program can be completed in 5 semesters. Classes take place 2 days a week along with occasional weekend options,  internships, and a capstone project.

    Coursework:

    To earn the MS degree in Environmental Studies with an Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability concentration, you must earn a minimum of 36 credits distributed as follows:

    Core Areas (9 credits, select 3 out of 4 courses):

    • Earth Systems and Climate Change (3) -Required
    • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (3)
    • Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
    • Leadership for Change (3)

    Concentration courses (15 credits):

    • Environmental Advocacy: Essentials (3)-Required
    • Environmental Advocacy: Applied (3)-Required
    • Citizen Participation (3)
    • Civic Ecology and Community Resilience (2) FST
    • Conservation Biology (3)
    • Conservation Psychology (3)
    • Principles of Sustainable Systems (3)
    • Program Evaluation (3)
    • Program Planning and Design (3)
    • Soil Ecology (3)
    • In consultation with a student’s academic adviser, other courses may be selected from the complete suite of concentration course offerings

    Skills courses (6 credits):

    • Intro to GIS (3)
    • Advanced GIS (3)
    • Applied GIS (3)
    • Communication in the Digital Age (2)
    • Consulting Skills (1)
    • Dispute Resolution (1)
    • Diversity, Justice & Inclusion (2)
    • Field Study Trips (2-3)
    • Proposal Writing and Project Management (3)
    • Service Learning Seminar (1)
    • with permission of the academic adviser, students may substitute 2-3 credits of skills with a concentration course

    General Internship (3 credits)
    Capstone Project or 2nd Internship (3 credits)

    Most course offerings rotate over a 2-year cycle;  Professional Science Masters students should select courses in consultation with their academic adviser to meet additional requirements; Students who select 1 and 2 credit courses should plan carefully with their academic adviser to avoid additional cost; Students entering under a recognized partnership with AUNE should discuss degree requirements with their academic adviser.

    International Service Program

    Combine this concentration with Peace Corps service. Through the AUNE International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service tuition-free and change the world.

    Career Outlook

    Over the last five decades, there has been exponential growth in the number of social movement organizations, a significant growth in memberships and budgets, and a corresponding growth in the number of available paid advocacy positions.

    Eight Areas Where You Can Do Good Work

    • Professional public interest advocacy organizations usually work on a single issue or set of issues through research and education, lobbying, litigation, inter-group coalition building, and high-level negotiations with decision-makers.
    • Grassroots organizations mobilize specific communities and constituencies to take collective action through community organizing, popular education, community development, alternative institutions, and direct action campaigns.
    • Labor unions and professional associations represent and mobilize their members on political, economic, and social issues of interest to members and the public.
    • Progressive electoral public policy groups such as third parties, major party caucuses, non-partisan groups, and Political Action Committees.
    • Social action training and political education groups work with other advocacy organizations and activists to build up their personal and organizational capacities as advocates and organizers.
    • Research and data management organizations help meet the information needs of social movement organizations, often in direct collaboration and sometimes even with the full participation of community and public interest groups.
    • Progressive media and cultural groups produce documentaries, radio shows, books and periodicals, web-pages for activists and the public; offer public relations assistance to activist groups seeking to influence the mass media; and create art, music, and theater that inspire activists and the public.
    • Progressive, social change philanthropy groups including individual foundations and coordinating groups like National Network of Grantmakers and the Donor Organizers Network.

    Admissions / Cost / Aid

    Upcoming Events

    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Introduction

    The world needs you to preserve biodiversity, work for environmental justice, reinvigorate science education, guide communities in planning for climate change, and promote sustainable practices in organizations, schools, and businesses. As a team of passionate advocates, educators, and mentors, this is our mission and commitment to our students. Our Master of Science will help you become part of the next generation of environmental leaders working towards a more sustainable, healthy future.

    This degree is offered by AU New England.


     

    Program Overview

    Our faculty are committed, first and foremost, to creating great learning opportunities. Student-centered experiential learning is an important part of our curriculum identity. You’ll find our faculty working alongside students in the field and in the classroom, digging soil pits, mapping forest composition, tracking wildlife, writing regulatory policies, developing advocacy campaigns, and teaching.

    Degree Requirements

    Master of Science in Environmental Studies

    The Master of Science in Environmental Studies is a 36-credit program that can be completed in five semesters. A minimum of 3 credits of an appropriate professional internship is also required as well as a capstone requirement in the form of a master’s project, thesis, collaborative service initiative or a 2nd internship.

    Students in all concentrations select three (9 credits) out of the following four core courses. These courses provide the interdisciplinary foundation for understanding and addressing contemporary environmental issues.

    • Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
    • Leadership for Change
    • Earth Systems and Climate Change
    • Political Economy and Sustainability

    Concentration courses provide the conceptual and theoretical foundations in your program (15 credits; 18 credits for Science Teacher Certification) and skills courses (6 credits; 3 for Science Teacher Certification) provide an opportunity to develop a customized skill set that is relevant to your experience and career goals. Additional credits required include a three (3) credit internship and a 3 credit Capstone.

    Capstone project
    Integrate and apply your course and internship learning through one of four options: an interdisciplinary collaborative capstone project, an individual master’s project, an individual master’s thesis, or a second internship.

    International Service Program
    Combine your MS in Environmental Studies with Peace Corps service. Through the International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service, apply what you are learning to create positive change across the world, and save thousands of dollars on your degree.

    Master of Science in Environmental Studies with Professional Science Master’s Designation (36 credits)
    Students in AUNE’s Environmental Studies Master’s of Science (ESMS) program can choose earn the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) designation for their degree. Learn more at the Professional Science Master’s website.

    Careers

    Graduates of our MS in Environmental Studies program are employed in every sector of environmental work, from private consulting and regulatory enforcement to education, leadership, government, advocacy, and the arts.

    Admissions / Cost / Aid

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    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Introduction

    We need resource managers who can bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental challenges. You will help communities prepare for climate change, protect water, direct community waste systems, manage energy and materials sustainably, and conserve landscapes. Lead vital environmental efforts to protect natural resources in sustainable ways, preserve ecological services in the face of landscape development, create landscape resilience, develop multiple sustainable uses of a natural resource, and restore degraded ecosystems.

    This degree is offered by AU New England.


     

    Program Overview

    This 30-credit program gives students the flexibility to earn a master’s degree while continuing to work full-time. Students develop leadership skills to address multi-issue, multi-stakeholder environmental problems and learn how to manage complex natural resource issues.

    RMC students learn how to build stakeholder capacity, practice effective communication strategies, and provide the leadership and management to organizations and communities facing a myriad of challenges due to difficult resource management decisions, especially within the context of a changing climate.

    RMC faculty are engaged environmental scholars and practitioners who address real-world environmental problems at regional, national, and international scales. Our active applied research projects will provide you with a wide range of networking opportunities. Our cohorts reflect a diversity of cooperatively oriented learners ranging from seasoned resource managers to more recent undergraduates trained with cutting edge management tools.

    Degree Requirements

    Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation (30 credits)

    To earn the MS degree in Resource Management & Conservation you must earn a minimum of 30 credits distributed as follows:

    RMC Concentration Requirements

    • Building Sustainable Organizations
    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Earth Systems and Climate Change
    • Energy and Materials Sustainability
    • Financial Administration
    • Leadership for Change
    • Political Economy and Sustainability
    • Principles of Sustainability
    • Proposal Writing and Project Management

    Capstone Project

    The core curriculum classes meet five weekends in the fall and spring semesters, with a 5-day intensive during the first fall term.

    • Initial 5 day intensive in early fall semester (3 credits)
    • 5-Weekends each fall and spring semesters (24 credits)
    • Choice of additional weekly courses (9 credits of additional science courses)
    • Internship and Capstone Project (6 credits)
    Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation with Professional Science Master’s Designation (42 credits)

    Students in AUNE’s Environmental Studies Master’s of Science (ESMS) program or the Resource Management and Conservation MS program can choose to follow the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) study track or the non-PSM study track. The 42-credit RMC-PSM degree is open to both recent graduates as well as those with prior professional experience. It allows you to either investigate a new area of environmental theory and practice or supplement your current professional expertise. Earn a Professional Science Master’s and your M.S. in Resource Management and Conservation.

    Learn more at the Professional Science Master’s website. Students on a PSM-recognized Master’s track must also meet these additional requirements within their 42-credit degree program:

    Eighteen (18) credits of science and math, made up of:

    • Two required Core science courses: Earth Systems and Climate Change, and Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes
    • One of these two research skills courses: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design Techniques, or Biostatistics
    • Nine (9) additional credits of science and math

    International Service Program

    Combine the 42-credit track of this degree program with Peace Corps service. Through the AUNE International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service, apply what you are learning to create positive change across the world, and save thousands of dollars on your degree.

    Career Outlook

    RMC graduates have secured positions in the following areas after graduating from the program:

      • Nonprofit conservation and advocacy organizations at the local, national, and international level
      • Government departments that manage natural resources, regulate pollution, or monitor environmental compliance
      • Public agencies concerned with local and regional land use planning, or which acquire and manage open space
      • Environmental consulting businesses engaged in land management and sustainable development, wetlands protection, water resource management and environmental impact assessment
      • Private industry and institutions engaged in meeting regulations for environmental compliance and developing ecologically sustainable management systems

    <li”>Entrepreneurship and business start-ups

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of their Master of Science program in Resource Management and Conservation, students are able to:

    • Identify and understand the scientific and social complexities within the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies including ethics, sustainability and social justice;
    • Apply quantitative, spatial and qualitative research approaches to addressing science based problems;
    • Critically assess scientific and economic research;
    • Understand the interrelationships among, and between, public policy, science, economics and law;
    • Demonstrate and apply skills in external stakeholder capacity building;
    • Demonstrate and apply skills in facilitative and adaptive leadership;
    • Draw on theory to inform the practice of change management at multiple organizational scales;
    • Effectively manage complex projects and associated budgets and timelines;
    • Understand the definition and requirements of organizational sustainability.

    Admissions

    How to Apply

    1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
      • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
      • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
      • Non-refundable $50 application fee
    2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
    3. Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
    4. There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
    5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
    6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

    Official transcripts should be emailed to admissions.ane@antioch.edu or mailed to:

    Office of Admissions
    Antioch University New England
    40 Avon Street
    Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516

    All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.

    Application Deadlines

    Antioch University New England processes applications for most programs on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. All application materials should be received in Admissions by the dates listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department.

    Environmental Studies Master’s Programs: February 1 (Early Application Review); July 1 (All Others)
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    Tuition & Financial Aid

    A college education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

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    Upcoming Events

    Jan 24

    Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

    January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Jan 25

    Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

    January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm