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Environmental Science (Master)

The addition of the Master of Environmental Science Co-op stream to the Environmental Science Program at Memorial University is in response to the growing job market for people with an environmental science background. A work term of one semester duration offers graduate students enrolled in the Master of Environmental Science program an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge of environmental science in a supervised work setting with a co-operating business in the environmental industry, a federal or provincial government department, or a non-governmental agency.

Students complete a 13-18 week paid work term during the spring semester.

Areas of Academic Study

Academic courses in the Master of Environmental Science program include Environmental Science and Technology, Earth and Ocean Systems, Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, Applied Ecology, Environmental Pollution and Mitigation, Environmental Risk Assessment, Air Pollution and other related topics.

Type of Work Assignments

Students learn how to apply scientific methods in finding solutions to environmental problems. Work situations could include working with environment consultants who seek solutions to water or air pollution problems, working with multinational oil and gas companies to create environmentally responsible practices, or conducting research with government departments to provide information needed for decisions on environmental policy on natural resource development.

Work Term Evaluation

The work term evaluation will be a combination of work performance and a substantive reflective essay. The work term experience and the information gathered during the work term may become the foundation for the project report which is required for the Master of Environmental Science Degree.