MA in Energy & Environmental Analysis

The Center for Energy & Environmental Studies sponsors an MA degree in Energy & Environmental Analysis. Students and their advisors in the center work together in planning an individualized program of study. The program provides a professional training degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, engineering, or management. The degree requirements include a core curriculum, a sequence of concentration courses, and an interdisciplinary breadth requirement.

Admission

Applicants are asked to submit their test scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Tests. In the case of curriculum deficiencies, additional coursework without credit will be required for the degree.

Course Requirements

At least 10 courses (40 degree credits) must be taken, including (1) at least four courses in core requirements; (2) four elective courses in a concentration area; and (3) two courses to fulfill the interdisciplinary breadth requirement.

Core Requirements

Four courses as follows:

Quantitative Methods

A course in quantitative analysis is required. The specific selected course, with the approval of an advisor, depends on the background of the student. Recommended courses include CAS MA 684, CAS GE 505, GE 550, GRS GE 712, and GE 805.

Physical or Ecological Environmental Principles

The required course is CAS GE 510. Students with extensive backgrounds in physical environmental principles may select a more specialized course in biology, engineering, geography, or geology.

Energy, Society, and the Environment

The required course is CAS GE 519.

Environmental Policy Analysis

The required course is GRS GE 625 or GRS GE 660.

Concentration Courses

A concentration area and four courses making up the concentration are chosen with the consent of an advisor. One of these courses can be an environmental internship in an appropriate public, private, or nonprofit organization. Students who choose the internship option are required to complete an oral or written summary of their work experience. The registration for the internship is GRS GE 902. Concentration topics and associated courses ordinarily are selected from the list below. This list is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the concentrations in energy & environmental studies available at Boston University, but is provided to assist in the planning of the student’s program. Course descriptions and prerequisites may be found under appropriate departmental listings.

Interdisciplinary Breadth Requirement

The purpose of the breadth requirement is to expose students to the broad, interwoven nature of the environmental field. The breadth requirement consists of two courses, one from each of the following groups. Note: Any of these classes taken to fulfill a required core class cannot fulfill this breadth requirement.

Theory and Concepts

  • GRS ES 623 Marine Biogeochemistry
  • GRS BI 648 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • CAS GE 504 International Resources and Environmental Issues and Management
  • CAS GE 594 Global Environmental Negotiation and Policy
  • CAS ES 511 Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • CAS GE 503 Micrometerology: Energy and Mass Transfer at the Earth’s Surface
  • CAS GE 529 Modeling and Monitoring Terrestrial Ecosystems Processes
  • LAW 844 Environmental Law

Modeling and Analysis

  • CAS GE 550 Modeling Social and Environmental Systems
  • CAS ES 577 Groundwater Modeling
  • CAS GE 502 Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • CAS GE 505 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • CAS GE 517 Models for Hydrologic Analysis
  • GRS GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling

For further details on either MA program, write to the Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies.

Energy & Environmental Studies Electives

Resource Management

Land Resources

  • CAS BI 637 Plant Ecology
  • CAS ES 512 Surface Water Hydrogeology
  • CAS ES 541 Coastal Processes
  • CAS GE 510 Physical Principles of the Environment
  • CAS GE 525 Plant Physiological Ecology
  • MET UA 620 Urban and Regional Land Use and Planning
  • MET UA 629 Urbanization and the Environment

Water Resources

  • CAS ES 511 Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • CAS ES 512 Surface Water Hydrogeology
  • CAS GE 503 Applied Climatology
  • CAS GE 507 Dynamical Oceanography
  • GRS ES 640 Marine Geology
  • GRS ES 653 Microbial Geology
  • GRS ES 711 Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GRS ES 714 Advanced Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • GRS GE 517 Models for Hydrologic Analysis

Air Resources

  • CAS GE 503 Applied Climatology
  • CAS GE 566 Physical Climatology
  • GRS CH 893 Seminar: Photochemistry
  • GRS GE 921 Problems in Meteorology

Urban Environments

  • CAS ES 511 Surface Water Hydrogeology
  • CAS ES 512 Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • CAS GE 503 Applied Climatology
  • CAS PS 564 Environmental Psychology
  • CAS PS 565 Social and Environmental Psychology of Urban Life
  • MET UA 533 Health Care and the Environment
  • MET UA 620 Urban and Regional Land Use and Planning
  • MET UA 629 Urbanization and the Environment

Ecology and Population

  • CAS BI 504 Evolution
  • CAS BI 524 Biology of Populations
  • GRS BI 615 Biology of Mammals
  • GRS BI 637 Plant Ecology
  • GRS BI 650 Biophysics
  • CAS BI 666 Biochemical Ecology

Modeling and Systems Analysis

Energy and Environmental Modeling

  • CAS GE 517 Models for Hydrologic Analysis
  • CAS GE 505 Geographic Information Systems
  • CAS GE 550 Modeling Environmental and Social Systems
  • CAS MA 565 Mathematical Modeling of Ecological Systems
  • CAS MA 569 Optimization Methods of Operations Research
  • CAS MA 570 Stochastic Methods of Operations Research
  • ENG MN 521 Dynamic Programming
  • ENG MN 724 Optimization Theory
  • ENG SC 505 Stochastic Processes
  • GRS GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling

Energy Facility Planning

  • CAS MA 569 Optimization Methods of Operations Research
  • CAS MA 570 Stochastic Methods of Operations Research
  • ENG MN 521 Dynamic Programming
  • ENG MN 724 Optimization Theory
  • MET UA 535 Energy and Conservation
  • SMG MG 871 Environmental and Energy Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Systems Engineering

  • CAS GE 550 Modeling Environmental and Social Systems
  • CAS MA 569 Optimization Methods of Operations Research
  • CAS MA 570 Stochastic Methods of Operations Research
  • ENG MN 535 Green Manufacturing
  • ENG SC 506 Stochastic Models and Forecasting

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Project Planning and Evaluation

  • CAS GE 520 Energy Issues and Policy
  • CAS MA 569 Optimization Methods of Operations Research
  • CAS MA 570 Stochastic Methods of Operations Research
  • GRS GE 660 Resource Economics and Policy
  • GRS GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling
  • GRS GE 794 Current Issues in Environmental Affairs
  • GSM FE 727 Managerial Economics
  • GSM GE 796 Current Issues in Environmental Affairs
  • GSM ME 729 Economic Decision Analysis
  • GSM MG 844 Management of the Environment
  • GSM MG 871 Environmental and Energy Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • MET UA 521 Environmental Law

Quantitative Analysis for Policy Analysis

  • MET UA 632 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • MET UA 729 Environmental and Resource Policy Formulation

Comparative Systems Analysis

  • CAS EC 582 Regional Policy in the United States
  • CAS GE 511 Ecological Economics
  • CAS GE 520 Energy Issues and Policy
  • GRS GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling

Resources, Environment, and Economic Development

  • CAS GE 504 International Resources and Environmental Issues and Management
  • CAS GE 520 Energy Issues and Policy
  • CAS GE 595 Global Environmental Negotiation and Policy
  • CAS GE 597 Sustainable Development in Latin America

Environmental Health

Risk Analysis and Management

  • GRS BI 618 Ecotoxicology
  • MET UA 729 Environmental and Resource Policy Formulation
  • SPH EH 708 Introduction to Environmental Health
  • SPH EH 764 Work and Health
  • SPH EH 808 Solid Waste Management
  • SPH EH 862 Radiation Protection
  • SPH EH 866 Seminar: Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • SPH EH 869 Environmental Planning
  • SPH LW 757 Occupational Health and Safety Law
  • SPH LW 758 Corporate Management of Risks to Health, Safety, and Environment
  • SPH LW 852 Environmental Health Law

Health, Safety, and Work Environment

  • CAS PS 564 Environmental Psychology
  • MET UA 629 Urbanization and the Environment
  • SPH EH 708 Introduction to Environmental Health
  • SPH EH 764 Work and Health
  • SPH EH 765 Survey of Environmental Health
  • SPH EH 862 Radiation Protection
  • SPH EH 866 Seminar in Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • SPH EH 961 Directed Studies in Environmental Health
  • SPH LW 757 Occupational Health and Safety Law
  • SPH LW 758 Corporate Management of Risks to Health, Safety, and Environment

Sanitation, Waste Disposal, and Community Health

  • CAS ES 511 Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • CAS ES 512 Surface Water Hydrogeology
  • MET UA 521 Environmental Law
  • MET UA 620 Urban and Regional Land Use and Planning
  • SPH EH 708 Introduction to Environmental Health
  • SPH EH 765 Survey of Environmental Health
  • SPH EH 768 Principles of Toxicology
  • SPH EH 803 Waste and Wastewater
  • SPH EH 808 Solid Waste Management
  • SPH EH 860 Municipal Sanitation
  • SPH EH 862 Radiation Protection
  • SPH EH 864 Environmental Microbiology
  • SPH EH 867 Soil Pollution
  • SPH EH 869 Environmental Planning
  • SPH LW 852 Environmental Health Law

Environmental Pollution and Public Health

  • CAS ES 511 Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • CAS ES 512 Surface Water Hydrogeology
  • MET UA 521 Environmental Law
  • SPH EH 708 Introduction to Environmental Health
  • SPH EH 765 Survey of Environmental Health
  • SPH EH 768 Principles of Toxicology
  • SPH EH 803 Waste and Wastewater
  • SPH EH 808 Solid Waste Management
  • SPH EH 862 Radiation Protection
  • SPH EH 864 Environmental Microbiology
  • SPH EH 866 Seminar in Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • SPH EH 867 Soil Pollution
  • SPH EH 869 Environmental Planning
  • SPH EH 961 Directed Studies in Environmental Health
  • SPH LW 758 Corporate Management of Risks to Health, Safety, and Environment
  • SPH LW 852 Environmental Health Law

Hazardous Waste

  • CAS ES 511 Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • CAS ES 512 Surface Water Hydrogeology
  • GRS BI 729 Marine Ecology
  • SPH EH 768 Principles of Toxicology
  • SPH EH 803 Waste and Wastewater
  • SPH EH 808 Solid Waste Management
  • SPH EH 864 Environmental Microbiology
  • SPH EH 867 Soil Pollution
  • SPH EH 869 Environmental Planning
  • SPH LW 758 Corporate Management of Risks to Health, Safety, and Environment
  • SPH LW 852 Environmental Health Law