Ocean Engineering and Sciences

Environmental Resource Management

Environmental Resource Management

What is Environmental Resource Management?

Environmental Resource Management has become an area of national and international significance. Resource managers, typically in the public and private developmental sectors, face increasingly complex technical problems that can cut across several of the more traditional educational disciplines. In addition to the fundamentals of biological and chemical environmental processes, managers must be knowledgeable in local, region, and global cause and effect relationships of human activities in the development and utilization of environmental resources. Resource managers must also understand the legal and regulatory aspects of resource and environmental impact assessment. Recognizing these multidisciplinary needs, the master's degree program in Environmental Resource is a option in the Environmental Sciences Program at Florida Tech and includes both university course work and an internship with a regulatory agency or private company involved in environmental resource management. Graduates are well prepared to effectively interact with engineers, scientists, managers, and politicians.

Where will you use Environmental Resource Management?

Opportunities exist for Environmental Resource managers in the private, educational, corporate, and governmental sectors. Some career areas to consider are: Environmental Chemistry, Offshore Oil Recovery, Biofouling, Remote Sensing, Environmental Protection, Global Climate Monitoring, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, or Natural Habitat Restoration.

Why Environmental Resource Management at Florida Tech?

Nationally ranked academic programs and outstanding faculty await the marine science student, including "hands-on" experience that starts in the first semester. Our major facilities include:

  • Evinrude Marine Center, where numerous small craft are moored for studies of the nearby Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries.
  • Vero Beach Marine Laboratory, our experimental beachfront aquaculture station.
  • Aquaculture Lab and Field Facility, a five-acre teaching and research facility with ponds, tanks, indoor hatchery and laboratories.
  • Indian River Lagoon Research Platform a shallow-water wooden tower where research into biofouling, marine meteorology, tides and currents, and environmental change are conducted.
  • Laboratories throughout the university for studies in biology, chemistry, computers, geology, marine instrumentation, mathematics, meteorology and physics, including our new wave channel.

Our Graduate Program:

The Master of Science in Environmental Resource Management requires 30 approved credits beyond the bachelors degree. The undergraduate major should be in science or engineering, or sufficient course work in the physical and life sciences to readily understand the fundamental biological, chemical and physical relationships important in environmental resource management. Students with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation (up to 12 credits) may take deficiencies and courses for graduate credit concurrently.

Environmental Resources Management at Florida Tech is taught within the highly interdisciplinary Department of Ocean Engineering and Sciences which includes diverse faculty and staff in programs including environmental sciences, coastal management, oceanography, and ocean engineering.

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