Master of Arts, M.A. Environmental Learning Emphasis

This degree allows students to take coursework in both environmental studies and education within the Subject Matter Strand of the M.A. degree. It focuses on the content knowledge of teaching and of environmental education. Basic core courses are taken in the College of Education. Fifteen units comprising a content area are taken in other appropriate college.

Admission

  • A Bachelor's degree in education or a related field from an accredited four-year institution.
  • GPA of 3.0 figured on the last 60 units. 
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Application on GradAPP 

Curriculum

(Also see our graduate course descriptions)

  • Required minimum of 33 units of graduate courses
  • College of Education Core (9 units):
    • TLS 570 Introduction to Educational Research.
    • TLS 539 Recent Research on Teaching and Schooling
    • TLS 545 Curriculum Theory and Policy
  • Supporting Coursework (24 units):
    • Teaching and Teacher Education Courses (12-15 units)
      • TLS 531 Environmental Education Topics (3)
      • TLS 560 Education and Sustainability (3)
      • TLS 593 Internship (Arizona Sonora Desert Museum)* (3-6) This internship is designed for full time students. For part time students, substitute courses are arranged.
      • Other courses to be determined in consultation with the advisor.
    • Environmental Studies Courses (9-12 units)
      • Courses are selected in consultation with the major advisor. Courses are possible in the Departments of Ecological and Evolutionary Biology, Geography and Regional Development, Global Change, Geosciences, Renewable Natural Resources, Teaching and Teacher Education, or Wildlife and Fisheries Science.
    • Thesis Option (4 units)
      • TLS 910  Thesis
      • The Thesis units may be applied to the Environmental Studies requirements.

 

  • Current Environmental Studies Courses
    • Other courses may be substituted as they become available. Additionally up to 6 units of transfer credit from accredited colleges/universities may be applied to the degree requirements.
    • Wildlife and Fisheries Science
      • WFSC 530 Conservation Genetics (summer, online)
      • WFSC 530 Conservation Genetics (fall, in person)
      • WFSC 571 Stream Ecology (fall)
      • WFSC 547 Wildlife Conservation Behavior (spring, online)
    • Teaching, Learning, & Sociocultural Studies
      • TLS 596 Topics in Teacher Education: Ecological Concepts (3)
    • Watershed Management
      • WSM 568 Wildland Water Quality (spring)
    • Entomology
      • ENTO 505 Aquatic Entomology (spring)
    • Renewable Natural Resources
      • RNR 400 Noxious, Invasive Plants of Arizona (summer, online)
      • RNR 529 Ecological Climatology (GIS course with no prereqs, fall)
      • RNR 548 Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation (fall)
      • RNR 548 Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation (spring)
      • RNR 548 Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation (summer, online)
      • RNR 580 Natural Resources Policy and Law (spring, in person)
      • RNR 595F Conservation Biology in Developing countries – Namibia (summer, study abroad)
      • RNR 595G Amazon Rainforest Conservation Biology in Ecuador (summer, study abroad)
      • RNR 595N Community based Conservation in In Nepal (summer, study abroad)
      • RNR 595M Conservation Realities in Northern Mexico (summer, study abroad))
      • RNR 596E Restoration Ecology (fall)
      • RNR 597W Costa Rica Climate Justice program (summer, study abroad)
    • Global Change
      • GC 530 The Climate System (3)
      • GC 587A Global Change Workshop (3)
    • Geosciences
      • GEOS 572 Global Biogeochemical Cycles (3)
      • GEOS 595B Global Climate Change (3)
    • Geography and Regional Development
      • GEOG 508 Arizona and the Southwest (3)
      • GEOG 515 Introduction to Water Resources Policy (3)
      • GEOG 563 Perception of Environment (3)
      • GEOG 578 Global Change (3)
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      • ECOL 500 A, B Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2-3)
      • ECOL 506L Conservation Biology in the Field (1)
      • ECOL 514 Plants of the Desert (1)
      • ECOL 542 Marine Ecology (6)

 

For more information, email: COE-TLSGrad@email.arizona.edu