Integrative & Public Land Management Track

Master in Environmental Management

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.

Program Overview

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.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ENVS 601 Introduction to Environmental Management 5 View
ENVS 605 Science of Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 608 Environmental Politics and Policy 3 View
ENVS 611 Integrative Skill in Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 612 Quantitative in Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 615 Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation 3 View
ENVS 618 Public Lands Management 3 View
ENVS 690 MEM Project Development 5 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Why Western?

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

Trailblazing

Volunteers built a new segment of trail during the midland trail build party.

What Skills Will I Acquire?

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.

Dean, School of ENVS

John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability

Contact Information

970.943.2248

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230