Bryant’s M.S. in Global Environmental Studies

May Vickers, Staff Writer

Bryant University’s burgeoning College of Arts and Sciences, established in 2004, will celebrate its ten year anniversary in the spring of 2014. The college has significantly expanded to include not only liberal arts majors but several successful graduate programs including the Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies. The fact of the matter is that liberal arts degrees are not only important to employers, but they are here to stay.

A recent survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities discovered that ninety five percent of the three hundred and fifteen employers surveyed, prioritized hiring college graduates with skills that will help them contribute to innovation in the workplace. Furthermore, eighty percent of employers agreed that regardless of their major, every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences. Bryant University’s Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies represents an innovative program that employers will value.

With continuous global environmental challenges, the world needs individuals who can monitor the quality of our changing environment, manage human activities and behaviors and develop preventative and restoration strategies. Achieving a Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies will provide an individual with opportunities to explore their career in multiple exciting fields including waste management, construction, transportation, water resources, remediation of polluted areas, waste minimization, resource recovery, sustainable systems, and green product development. Students will have the skill sets and knowledge to pursue illustrious careers in multinational corporations and non-profit organizations dedicated to grappling with global environmental challenges. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is expected to increase by 28% between 2008 and 2018.

The Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies can be completed as a full time program in one to two years or as a part-time program within five years. For Bryant undergraduates the integrated four + one year program can result in a B.S. degree and the M.S. degree. A completion of a thesis from laboratory research experience or a field research project is required for each candidate. International experiences are strongly encouraged as global work experience is looked upon favorably by future employers. Caitlyn Witkowski, a pioneer of this program, conducted laboratory research in China. She has expressed how she believes the program will strongly benefit her future.

“The M.S. in Global Environmental Studies has prepared me to hit the ground running after school because the amazing faculty at Bryant didn’t give me information – they empowered me through hands-on experience, developing both my critical-thinking and technical skills.”

Unlike many larger universities, Bryant University’s Department of Science and Technology provides students with individual attention to help them discover and pursue their chosen specialties. The distinguished faculty is committed to academic excellence and is dedicated to preparing students for environmentally focused careers.

Students will use systems thinking to make environmental decisions, analyze cost/benefit factors in complex problems, commit to seeking sustainable solutions, conduct applied research, and become an environmentalist in the specialty of their choice. The program has a high degree of flexibility to cater to students’ desired career paths. Individuals in the program can choose among courses which have an emphasis on research, data analysis, publication and international collaboration with direct feedback from faculty along the way.

Sample courses include Global Change and Geochemical Impact, Green Technology for Sustainability and Innovation and the Global Energy Crisis. A Graduate Certificate of Sustainability Practices is being developed, along with a number of other training opportunities.  For further information about this exciting program, please contact Dr. Gaytha A. Langlois at langlois@bryant.edu.

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