MS Environmental Science

A holistic and integrative program, the Master of Science in Environmental Science program incorporates contemporary thinking on the relationship between nature and human society and how the relationship is influenced by factors such 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 managers.

Admission Requirements

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.

Requirements for Graduation

A student must have taken and passed any three of the four foundation courses of MS Environmental Science Program.

To be conferred with a degree, the student must pass both the written and oral examination given by the examination committee and must be able to defend the thesis.

The admission requirements are:

Minimum Course Requirements

Minimum number of units to be earned: 32

1. Core Courses (13 Units)

Course CodeDescriptionUnitsPre-requisite
ENS 201Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics3BOT 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 211System Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources Management3MGT 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 275Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development3COI. Environmental issues, concerns and opportunities; environment-economy interactions; environmental administration; sustainable development policies and issues; resource-use conflict and resolution. 3 hrs (class).
ENS 296Environmental Impact Assessment: Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences4COI. 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)

Other Graduate Courses
Course NumberCourse TitleCourse DescriptionPre-requisite/sSemester/s OfferedCourse Credit
ENS 202Landscape EcologyPrinciples, theories, research methods and application of landscape ecology in environmental and natural resource management. COI1, 23
ENS 203Advanced Aquatic EcologyRecent studies in aquatic environment-organism interactions; adaptive mechanisms; species displacement and extinction; modern approaches in the evaluation of production rates.COI1, 23
ENS 204Issues in Aquatic Resources ManagementProblem and issues in the use of aquatic resources with emphasis on the Philippines situation.COI1, 23
ENS 220Institution and the EnvironmentSocial 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. COI1, 23
ENS 255Environmental PsychologyAnalysis of the confluence of psychological processes and environmental context from a transactional perspective.COI23
ENS 265Gender and EnvironmentsTheories, research, and issues relevant to the analysis of gender relations in the home and work environments. COI13
ENS 290Special ProblemsCOI1, 2, M1-3 (May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units.)
ENS 291Special TopicsTopics:
• Environmental Research Methods
• Environmental Diplomacy
• Environmental Geology
• Environment, Human Health and the Industries
• Environmental Hydrology
COI1, 2, M1-3 (May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units.)
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.


Environmental Restoration

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.



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.


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