Nearly 82 percent of Gunnison County is surrounded by public land. Western’s beautiful setting is the ideal environment to learn about integrative public land management and sustainable practices.
Help build resilient social and ecological systems.
The Integrative & Public Land Management (IPLM) track will teach you how to balance project management, climate action and collaborative solutions across diverse communities. In the program, you’ll have the unique opportunity to participate in applied projects, field experiences and a self-designed, 600-hour master’s project. In addition, the MEM faculty members’ extensive professional networks in conservation nonprofits, environmental consulting companies and agencies will help you find your niche in land management and climate adaptation.
Through a combination of immersive educational experiences, intensive coursework and industry networks, you’ll be prepared to launch your career in public land management, private land conservation, conservation advocacy and more.
Vast outdoor laboritory
Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) students are able to take full advantage of the abundance of public land in Gunnison County where diverse ecosystems, natural resources, participation in conservation easement agreements and enthusiastic community partners abound.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
All Biology majors require the 26-credit Biology Nucleus.
|BIOL 150||Biological Principles (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)||4|
|BIOL 151||Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)||4|
|BIOL 301||General Ecology||3|
|BIOL 310||Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 312||Genetics (with recitation)||4|
|CHEM 111||General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)||3|
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry Laboratory I (GT-SC1)||1|
|CHEM 113||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 114||General Chemistry Laboratory II||1|
(beyond required Core courses)
Nine Credits of:
|Select one or both of the following:||1-9|
|Studies in Environmental Management|
|Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management|
|Masters Project Requirement|
|ENVS 690||MEM Project Development||5|
|ENVS 694||Master's Project and Portfolio 1||9|
Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Master's Project and Portfolio Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Master's Project and Portfolio Spring Year 5.
Kate Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Director of Undergraduate Environment & Sustainability program, Graduate Faculty in the Master of Environmental Management program, Center for Cold Climate Food Security Director
Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Clark Family School of Environment & Sustainability, Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Center for Public Lands Director
Micah Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Integrative and Public Land Management Director
Ricardo Vazquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable and Resilient Communities Director
Salif P. Mahamane, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Graduate Faculty for MEM, Graduate Faculty and Outdoor Industry MBA
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An ideal learning environment.
The MEM takes full advantage of the abundance of public land in Gunnison County where diverse ecosystems, natural resources, participation in conservation easement agreements and enthusiastic community partners abound. Our faculty have interests ranging from ecology and wildlife biology to recreation management and geography to strategies in the face of climate chaos and bring a wealth of connections with local, regional and national environmental organizations. In the program, you’ll be immersed in an extraordinary outdoor laboratory with true experts in land management guiding them along the way.
More than 90 percent of our graduates are employed in an environmental position either prior to or immediately following graduation at organizations such as:
- U.S. Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- National Park Service
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Teton Science Schools
- Jefferson County Open Space Parks and Trails
- Crested Butte Land Trust
Volunteers built a new segment of trail during the midland trail build party.
Gain the skills necessary for an in-demand career in land management.
Western’s IPLM track was created in response to interviews with federal and local agencies, nonprofit executive directors and environmental consultants who identified the skills and experiences they wish to see in their employees. In-demand skills that you will acquire in the program include:
- Understanding how to analyze and manage social and ecological systems
- Applying scientific knowledge and methods to environmental management questions
- Navigating complex and challenging problems with diverse stakeholders
- Transforming land management institutions to respond better to social and ecological change
Charting a course
Integrative & Public Land Management students are immersed in applied projects, field experiences and a self-designed, 600-hour master’s project—leaving prepared for careers in public land management, private land conservation, and conservation advocacy.