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Energy and Sustainability Concentration

This concentration is particularly relevant for students who are pursuing or interested in pursuing careers in energy and environmentally related applications in the law, national and international policy, government, print and media journalism, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, ethics, business, and basic and applied research.

Sustainability by definition aims to meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainability education lies within the intersection of environmental science and engineering, economics and business, public policy, and many other areas. Energy is a crucial component of sustainability.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate course work in one of the concentrations below. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their faculty adviser and the director. 

Courses applied to the degree are subject to the following restrictions: a maximum of 6 credits may be earned through independent study or directed readings and research courses; a maximum of 6 credits may be taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; a maximum of 15 credits may be transfer credits; a maximum of 6 of the transfer credits may be from other accredited institutions.

Transfer credits include credits taken before first enrolling as an admitted degree-seeking student (at another institution, in another Mason graduate program, or in Mason nondegree status) or credits taken at another institution after admission to the degree program through study abroad or study elsewhere (which requires prior written approval of the director and the dean). Additional information may be found in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis. Students are required to take MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar (1 credit), MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal (1 credit), and either MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (1-4 credits) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (3-4 credits). Students electing to complete the concentration in community college teaching with a thesis will complete 38 credits.

Concentration in Energy and Sustainability (EAS)

This concentration is designed for students interested in careers in energy and sustainability-related positions in the public, private, or non-profit sectors, including law, national and international policy, media, government, and business. As one of the University's Green Leaf academic programs, the concentration in energy and sustainability focuses on finding ways to meet present needs for energy and material goods without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainability education lies at the intersection of environmental science, engineering, economics, business, public policy, social justice, and many other areas. Energy required to fuel all of these endeavors is a crucial component of sustainability.  

One required course of interdisciplinary studies proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Three core courses in energy and sustainability (9 credits)

Two required courses (6 credits)

EVPP 533 - Energy Policy

GGS 507 - Sustainable Development

One natural science course (3 credits) chosen from:

PHYS 581 - Topics in Renewable Energy

GEOL 521 - Geology of Energy Resources

Two courses (6 credits) in energy, sustainability or environmental policy:

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

BIOD 760 - National Security Technology and Policy

ECON 695 - Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)

EVPP 505 - Selected Topics in Environmental Science (when the topic involves energy or sustainability policy; take 3 credits)

EVPP 638 - Corporate Environmental Management and Policy

EVPP 642 - Environmental Policy

GGS 525 - Economics of Human/Environment Interactions

PUBP 710 - Topics in Public Policy (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

Two courses in humanities or social science approaches to sustainability and environmental issues (6 credits)

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

COMM 660 - Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

ECON 695 - Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)

INTS 540 - Contemporary Issues in Social Justice & Human Rights

ITRN 760 - International Environmental Politics

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

RELI 636 - Religion and the Natural Environment

One course (3-4 credits) in planning, modeling, or management

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

CEIE 601 - Infrastructure Modeling

EVPP 650 - Environmental Analysis and Modeling

EVPP 693 - Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)

One course (3 credits) in natural science

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

CLIM 690 - Scientific Basis of Climate Change

EVPP 607 - Fundamentals of Ecology

EVPP 677 - Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management

Electives (0-3 credits)

Students who wish to take MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project for their capstone research experience will take one course (3 credits) of electives from courses listed below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to take MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis will not take an elective course.

BIOD 760 - National Security Technology and Policy

CEIE 601 - Infrastructure Modeling

CLIM 690 - Scientific Basis of Climate Change

COMM 660 - Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns

ECON 695 - Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)

EVPP 505 - Selected Topics in Environmental Science (when the topic involves energy or sustainability policy; take 3 credits)

EVPP 607 - Fundamentals of Ecology

EVPP 638 - Corporate Environmental Management and Policy

EVPP 642 - Environmental Policy

EVPP 650 - Environmental Analysis and Modeling

EVPP 677 - Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management

EVPP 693 - Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)

GEOL 521 - Geology of Energy Resources

GGS 525 - Economics of Human/Environment Interactions

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

INTS 540 - Contemporary Issues in Social Justice & Human Rights

ITRN 760 - International Environmental Politics

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

PHYS 581 - Topics in Renewable Energy

PUBP 710 - Topics in Public Policy (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

RELI 636 - Religion and the Natural Environment

One research methods course (3 credits)

 Students choose one of the following courses or other relevant courses in consultation with an advisor.

BINF 690 - Numerical Methods for Bioinformatics

EVPP 632 - Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Scientists

EVPP 650 - Environmental Analysis and Modeling

EVPP 651 - Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science

OR 682 - Computational Methods in Engineering and Statistics

PUBP 710 - Topics in Public Policy

SOCI 620 - Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

Students who wish to do a project in lieu of a thesis will take 1 credit of MAIS 798 and an additional 3 credit elective course from the courses listed under the electives requirement. Students who choose to write a thesis will take 4 credits of MAIS 799 and no additional electives.

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

 

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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