Environmental Management Systems 

Overview

The Environmental Management Systems curriculum consists of three areas of concentration: Environmental Analysis and Risk Management, Policy Analysis and Resource Conservation. Each includes a variety of elective courses that allow students to gain expertise in specific areas that interest them. The curriculum is designed to be flexible to allow students to prepare for positions in the public or private sectors working in an office, laboratory or in the field.

Graduates with a concentration in Environmental Analysis and Risk Management will have knowledge and practical understanding of: chemistry, microbiology, land use planning, site investigation techniques, risk assessment and federal and local environmental regulations.

Graduates with a concentration in Policy Analysis will have a knowledge and practical understanding of the role and scope of state and federal regulatory agencies, environmental laws and regulations, mechanisms for implementation of regulations, compliance with regulations, environmental permitting, the role of risk assessment in decision making and land use planning.

Graduates with a concentration in Resource Conservation will have a knowledge and practical understanding of the chemical, physical and biological properties of soils, soil and water conservation and associated federal programs, coastal restoration, soil/plant relationships, fundamentals of forestry, wildlife and agricultural management, land use planning soil and water assessment and remediation principles and ecological risk assessment.

There are many options for a career in environmental management. Environmental consulting firms and state and federal regulatory agencies, such as the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resource Conservation Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hire graduates for careers in office and field work related to such issues as environmental regulations and compliance, ecological and human health risk assessment, environmental law, wetlands conservation, land use planning and management and remediation of contaminated sites. Some students continue their education in graduate programs in environmental and natural resource areas or law school. Additionally, students in the Environmental Analysis and Risk Management concentrations may design a curriculum that prepares them for medical school or schools of public health.

Areas of Concentration 

Environmental Analysis and Risk Management

Required Courses (30 hrs.)—AGRO 4055; BIOL 2051; CHEM 2001; AGRO 4056 or OCS 4090; and 16-17 hours of approved electives. Students may select no more than six hours of approved electives below the 3000 level.

Approved electives: AGRO 3010, AGRO 4056, AGRO 4070, AGRO 4078, AGRO 4092, BIOL 2160, BIOL 4084, BIOL 4087, BIOL 4110, BIOL 4190, CHEM 2262, CHEM 2364, CHEM 4150, EMS 3090, EMS 4***, ENVS 4***, EVEG 4153, IE 4462, MEDP 2051, NS 4411, NS 4352, OCS 3103, OCS 4090, OCS 4242, OCS/ENVS 4600, RNR 4061.

Policy Analysis

Required Courses (30 hrs.)—AGEC 3803; AGRO 4078; ENVS 4101; ENVS 4261, 4262 or 4264 or 4266; select one: AGEC 3503 or ECON 4320; OCS 4465; and 12 hours of approved electives. Students may select no more than 6 hours of approved electives below the 3000 level.

Approved electives: ACCT 3233, ACCT 4233, ACCT 4234, AGEC 3803, AGEC 4603, AGRO 3010, AGRO 4070, AGRO 4078, AGRO 4092, ARCH 4062, ECON 4325, EMS 3090, EMS 4***, ENVS 4***, FDSC 4070, GEOG 4047, GEOG 4078, GEOG 4080, HRE 2723, HRE 3723, OCS 3103, OCS 4465, OCS 4560, OCS/ENVS 4600, RNR 4061.

Resource Conservation

Required Courses (30 hrs.)—AGEC 3503; AGRO 3040, 4052, 4055, and 4078; select one: AGRO 3000 or 4070 or HORT 2050 or 2061 or OCS 4308; GEOG 4047; and select one: OCS 4166 or 4465 or 4560; and four to five hours of approved electives.

Approved electives: AGEC 3803, AGEC 4603, AGRO 3010, AGRO 4056, AGRO 4058, AGRO 4070, AGRO 4092, BIOL 2051, BIOL 4253, CHEM 4150, EMS 3090, EMS 4***, ENVS 4***, GEOG 4018, GEOG 4029, GEOG 4070, GEOG 4086, OCS 3103, OCS 3200, OCS 4128, OCS 4165, OCS 4242,, OCS/ENVS 4600, RNR/BIOL 4020, RNR 4023, RNR 4025, RNR 4040, RNR 4061.

Minor 

Environmental Management is a field that is of interest to students in a variety of majors, particularly in the basic and applied sciences. The minor in Environmental Management Systems complements other majors by allowing students to learn about current topics, research and regulations in the environmental field and preparing them for careers that require knowledge of environmental principles. To graduate with a minor in environmental management systems, students must complete 18 hours consisting of EMS 1011, EMS 3040, and EMS 3050, and 8 hours chosen from EMS 3045, EMS 4010, EMS 4020, EMS 4055 or EMS 4056.

Required classes:
EMS 1011 Environment and Technology
EMS 3040 Applied Environmental Management
EMS 3050 Environmental Regulations and Compliance

And 8 hours chosen from:
EMS 3045 Soil Conservation (cross-listed with AGRO 3040)
EMS 4010 Applied Ecology (cross-listed with ENVS 4010)
EMS 4020 Quantitative Risk Assessment
EMS 4055 Chemical Properties of Soil (cross-listed with AGRO 4055)
EMS 4056 Microbial Ecology and Nutrient Cycling in Soils (cross-listed with AGRO 4056 and BIOL 4256)

Note: some of these classes have prerequisites (see catalog or check with instructor).

For more information about the Environmental Management Systems minor, contact Dr. Maud Walsh, Undergraduate Advisor,School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, at 578-1211 or evwals@lsu.edu.

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