Environmental management coursework focuses on how to mitigate the adverse effects of business and industrial operations on the Earth's environment. A bachelor's degree in environmental science or a related major is required for most jobs in the environmental management profession. Students explore a range of topics, including the natural sciences, environmental policy, computer modeling and GIS, as well as taking advantage of any opportunities for internships and/or field work. To advance in the field, a master's degree focusing on a particular aspect of environmental science may be useful.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in environmental management courses:
- Cost and benefit analysis
- Risk management
- Environmental policy and law
- Environmental and energy economics
- Technologies in environmental management
List of Common Courses
Environmental Management Introduction Course
In this introductory level course, students learn scientific, legal and political concepts of environmental management. Topics of discussion include the regulation of hazardous and solid waste, as well as water and air pollution. The class focuses on the structure and roles of local, state and federal governments as they relate to environmental management.
Important environmental issues concerning corporations, government and not-for-profit groups are explored. Students become familiar with the state and federal agencies that govern environmental activities. Lessons in multi-disciplinary examination and decision-making with regards to the environment are also provided.
Environmental Management Course
Course discussions revolve around contemporary environmental issues as well as how these concerns affect organizational management. The class educates its participants in operational and strategic methods of managing the environment. Information is given on standards of the international environmental management system (ISO).
Ecosystems and Environmental Management Course
Students of this course receive a comprehensive view of the principles that govern ecosystems. They study environmental impacts on the Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere. Both the past and the current state of the environmental movement are explored.
The class looks at how environmental hazards can adversely affect the health of humans. They discuss such hazards as chemicals, which can pollute water, air and soil, along with noise pollution and radiation. Methods of hazard management and control are also discussed.
Environmental Management Global Issues
This is one of the final courses in environmental management. It explores the concerns arising in global environmental management. Discussions encompass environmental pollution and conservation, along with economic development. Students expand their knowledge of national and global environmental issues. They become proficient in critical thinking and practical application of techniques.