A holistic and integrative Program, the Master of Science incorporates contemporary thinking on the relationship between nature and human society and how the relationship is influenced by such factors as local, national and global policies and structures, modes of production and others. This is an inter-college program designed to produce environmental researchers, teachers and manages.
An applicant with a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, economics and other social sciences may be admitted to the MS Environmental Science program. Admission is based on the applicant's indicated competence and potential to complete the program. The admission requirements are:
- Completed application form
- Copy of official transcript of undergraduate (and graduate) works
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors
- Certificate of proficiency of English (for international students)
- Concept note of the proposed study (2-page maximum)
Minimum Course Requirements
1. Core courses (13 units)
ENS 201 – Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics (3). PR. BOT 150 or BIO 150 or COI. (1,2). Ecosystem structure, function, energetic, nutrient cycles, population dynamics, ecosystem models. 3 hrs (class). Required course for minor/cognate
ENS 211 – System Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Natural
Resources Management (3). PR. MGT 211 or COI. (1). Statistical concepts and data analysis; optimization techniques; stochastic modeling; application of the systems approach to resource-based problems. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 275 – Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development (3). PR. COI. Environmental issues, concerns and opportunities; environment-economy interactions; environmental administration; sustainable development policies and issues; resource-use conflict and resolution. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 296 – Environmental Impact Assessment: Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences (4). PR. COI. Framework and methodology for environmental impact assessment of the biophysical and socioeconomic systems; ecological, social and ethical bases of EIA; risk assessment and management; mitigation of negative impacts and enhancement of positive impacts; case studies. 6 hrs (3 class, 3 laboratory).
2. Graduate Seminar (ENS 299, 1 Unit)
3. Master's Thesis (ENS 300, 6 Units)
4. Specialization course (12 units)
Minimum number of units to be earned: 32
Areas of Specialization
Environmental Planning and Management
Environmental Planning and Management as an area of specialization focuses on the following (1) environmental policy, (2) environmental program planning and administration, (3) environmental impact assessment, (4) urban and industrial ecology, (5) environmental monitoring and evaluation and (6) environmental planning approaches and methods.
Ecosystem restoration can be tools for protecting biological diversity on the planet, it requires the recreation of prior structure and function including ecosystem services. Areas of focus include degraded forest and agro-ecosystem services. Areas of focus include degraded forest and agro-ecosystems management, degraded aquatic ecosystems management, mined-out area restoration, volcanic debris restoration and riverbank stabilization.
Community-Based Resource Management
CBRM is a process by which the people are given the opportunity and/or responsibility to manage their own resources. Areas of focus are (1) forest resource management (2) coastal resources management, (3) waste management, (4) mineral resource management and (5) agricultural systems management.
Protected Areas Management
Protected areas, such as wildlife reserves, parks and nature reserves provide economic, ecological, educational and cultural benefits. Protected areas management considers social and demographic analyses of the local populations and the present and future threats to their sustainability caused by land use changes. Area of focus is the management of protected areas.
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
This program will enable students to understand the chemical nature, effects and detection of environmental problems as well as acquire basic skills in conducting water, soil and air quality analyses. Areas of focus are (1) method development on water/wastewater analysis, (2) water quality monitoring and assessment, (3) wastewater characterization and treatment, (4) wastewater utilization and pollution control, and (5) chemodynamics and fate of chemicals in the environment.
This program is designed for a graduate student with a bachelor's degree in any of the natural sciences who, after finishing the graduate degree, will be able to apply the basic concepts and principles governing organismic and ecosystem structure and function in relation to (1) environmental phenomena, (2) biological impacts and (3) biological concerns in environmental management.
Other graduate courses
ENS 202 – Landscape Ecology (3). PR. ENS 201, BIO 150 or COI. (2). Principles, theories, research methods and application of landscape ecology in environmental and natural resource management. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 203 – Advanced Aquatic Ecology (3). PR. COI. (1). Recent studies in aquatic environment-organism interactions; adaptive mechanisms; species displacement and extinction; modern approaches in the evaluation of production rates. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 204 – Issues in Aquatic Resources Management (3). (2). Problem and issues in the use of aquatic resources with emphasis on the Philippines situation. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 220 – Institution and the Environment (3). PR. COI. (2). Social science approaches to the study of man-environment interactions; analysis of the interrelationships between culture, population, and the natural environment, and human responses to changing habitats. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 255 – (or PSY 255) Environmental Psychology (3). PR. COI. (2). Analysis of the confluence of psychological processes and environmental context from a transactional perspective. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 265 – (or SOC 265) Gender and Environments (3). PR. COI. (1). Theories, research, and issues relevant to the analysis of gender relations in the home and work environments. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 290 – Special Problems (1-3). PR. COI. May be taken twice provided that the total number of units be credited to the student's program will not exceed 4 units.
ENS 291 – Special Topics (1-3). PR. COI. May be taken twice provided that the total number of units be credited to the student's program will not exceed 4 units.
For more information about the program, please contact:
The Dean or the Program Director for Instruction
School of Environmental Science and Management
UP Los Baños, College, Laguna
Telephone: (63-49) 536-2836/3080;
Fax: (63-49) 536-2251