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Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master in Environmental Management

Degree Type

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Department

Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

An increasing focus on the environment and its resources has made environmental managers an essential asset for many businesses, nonprofits and government entities. If you want to help enforce environmental regulations in air quality, waste, water and pollution in a variety of in-demand positions, an advanced degree in environmental management will set you up for success.

Program Overview

Help develop solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

Imagine building a livelihood based on your environmental values. Imagine learning in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with our inspiring backyard as your transformative classroom. Imagine earning a Master in Environmental Management (MEM) and a bachelor’s degree in one of seven undergraduate programs in just five years. It’s all possible at Western through our accelerated MEM 3+2 program.

Our unique and innovative accelerated degree program allows you to customize your educational experience. Choose an undergraduate program in Biology; Business Administration; Environment & Sustainability; Politics & Government; Psychology; Public History; Recreation & Outdoor Education; or Sociology and pair it with a Master in Environmental Management. You can then choose to focus your degree on Integrative & Public Land Management, Sustainable & Resilient Communities or Global Sustainability. Through a wide selection of fieldwork, research and internship opportunities, you’ll gain the experience and skills needed for a purposeful career as an environmental policy analyst, conservation scientist or sustainability consultant.

Research in our backyard

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2 live and learn in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with our inspiring backyard as a transformative classroom experience.

Program Requirements

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.

The Environmental Management emphasis allows students to complete the B.A. in Environment and Sustainability (ENVS) and the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) at Western in five years. To remain qualified for the 3+2, upon earning 66 credits each student must have:

  • maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA within the major;
  • earned a B or above in two social science, two natural science (one with lab), and one statistics course;
  • fulfilled the 3-credit Internship requirement with a B or above and positive letter from the project sponsor;
  • provided three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is to be a professional reference and at least one of which is to be an academic reference from the student’s major at Western;
  • written a Statement of Purpose to the MEM program, detailing early career ambitions and ideas and connections for the eventual master’s Project.

At this point, if any aspect of a student’s performance is found to be insufficient, the MEM Director may reject a 3+2 student from the MEM program, in which case the student will need to find a new emphasis or minor in order to complete the undergraduate degree. Upon meeting the requirements above, and after Junior Year (reaching 91 credits in this plan—see “MAJOR MAP” at western.edu/3_2) holding to the same GPA and general performance standards outlined above, the School of Graduate Studies will designate students as “MEM candidates with provisional acceptance.” Upon completion of the final 29 credits of the Western B.A. in Year Four of this plan, the School of Graduate Studies will designate students as “MEM degree seeking students.” Students who have completed all other requirements of the 3+2 program and all Western undergraduate requirements, yet choose to leave the MEM program before Year 5, will still have completed the undergraduate emphasis in Environmental Management and have earned the 120 credits necessary for a Western undergraduate degree.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 65 credits is required for the B.A. components of the emphasis.

ENVS 100Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)3
ENVS 200Writing the Environment3
ENVS 301Science of Sustainability and Resilience3
ENVS 350U.S. and Western Environmental Politics3
ENVS 390Environmental Monitoring4
ENVS 400Applied Sustainability3
ENVS 410Environmental Ethics3
ENVS 499Internship in Environmental Studies3
Required supporting courses
BIOL 130Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)3
BIOL 135Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
ECON 215Environmental Economics3
PHYS 125Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)3
Select one of the following:3
ENVS 360
Global Environmental Policy
ENVS 370
Water Policy and Politics
GEOG 340
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Select one of the following:1
HWTR 200
This Is The Headwaters
HWTR 398
Headwaters Conference
Select one of the following:3
ECON 216
Statistics for Business and Economics
MATH 113
Statistical Thinking (GT-MA1)
MATH 213
Probability and Statistics
SOC 211
Quantitative Research Methods
Core MEM Courses
ENVS 601Introduction to Environmental Management5
ENVS 605Science of Environmental Management3
ENVS 608Environmental Politics and Policy3
ENVS 611Integrative Skill in Environmental Management3
ENVS 612Quantitative in Environmental Management3
ENVS 615Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation3
Select one of the following from the MEM Emphases:3
Sustainable and Resilient Communities Emphasis:
ENVS 616
Environmental Organization Development and Management
Global Sustainability Emphasis:
ENVS 617
Global Sustainability
Integrative and Public Land Management Emphasis:
ENVS 618
Public Lands Management
Total Credits65

Upon successful completion of the prescribed courses listed above, University defined General Education, and elective requirements totaling 120 credits (with 40 at the 300-level or higher), students are eligible for their B.A. conferral. Students electing to complete MEM must follow the balance of their declared emphasis curriculum.

For a full description of the required Graduate coursework, please see the appropriate MEM program in the Western Graduate Catalog.

Capstone Course Requirement

The following course in the Environment and Sustainability Major fulfills the capstone course requirement: Applied Sustainability.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued.

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements.

Sample Major Map: B.A. in Environment and Sustainability & MEM (3+2)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ENVS 100Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)3
BIOL 130
BIOL 135
Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)
and Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)
4
HWTR 100First Year Seminar1
ENG 102Academic Writing (GT-CO1)3
Elective Elective 6
Credits17
Spring
ENVS 200Writing the Environment3
PHYS 125Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)3
MATH 113Statistical Thinking (GT-MA1)3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 6
Credits15
Year Two
Fall
ENVS 301Science of Sustainability and Resilience3
HWTR 398
or HWTR 200
Headwaters Conference
or This Is The Headwaters
1
Gen EdOther General Education Courses6
Elective Electives6
Credits16
Spring
ENVS 350U.S. and Western Environmental Politics3
ECON 215Environmental Economics3
Elective Electives 3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 6
Credits15
Summer
ENVS 499Internship in Environmental Studies 13
Credits3
Year Three
Fall
ENVS 390Environmental Monitoring4
GEOG 340
or ENVS 370
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 2
or Water Policy and Politics
3
ENVS 410Environmental Ethics3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 3
Credits13
Spring
ENVS 360Global Environmental Policy 33
Gen Ed General Education Courses 3
Elective Electives 6
Credits12
Summer
ENVS 601Introduction to Environmental Management5
Credits5
Year Four
Fall
ENVS 605Science of Environmental Management3
ENVS 608Environmental Politics and Policy3
ENVS 611Integrative Skill in Environmental Management3
Elective Elective3
Credits12
Spring
ENVS 612Quantitative in Environmental Management3
ENVS 615Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation3
ENVS 616
or ENVS 617
or ENVS 618
Environmental Organization Development and Management
or Global Sustainability
or Public Lands Management
3
ENVS 400Applied Sustainability3
Credits12
Summer
ENVS 690MEM Project Development5
Credits5
Year Five
Fall
ENVS 620
or ENVS 625
or ENVS 623
Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities
or Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management
or Studies in Environmental Management
3
ENVS 620
or ENVS 625
or ENVS 623
Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities
or Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management
or Studies in Environmental Management
3
ENVS 694Master's Project and Portfolio3
Credits9
Spring
ENVS 620
or ENVS 625
or ENVS 623
Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities
or Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management
or Studies in Environmental Management
3
ENVS 694Master's Project and Portfolio3
ENVS 694Master's Project and Portfolio3
Credits9
Total Credits143

Faculty & Staff

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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Scholarships

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Clubs & Organizations: Join the Organics Guild, Sustainability Coalition or Wildlife Society.
  • Coldharbour Institute: Experiment with sustainable building design, resilient food systems or community organizing in the Gunnison Valley.
  • Conferences: Attend the Headwaters Conference, the Colorado Water Workshop and Sage Grouse Spring Symposium.
  • Earthship Academy: Learn how to construct a self-sustaining building capable of producing food and saving energy.
  • High Country News: Check out the independent news source’s new satellite office located in Kelley Hall.
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Find a research assistantship at one of the premier biological research stations in the world.
  • Solar Energy International: Engage in the local, regional or global conversation about the renewable energy era.

Sustainable practices

Students work in Chipeta Garden where they focus on composting, gardening and hosting events, such as their annual farm-to-table event.

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Additional Resources

How It Works – MEM 3+2

Students apply to Western as traditional undergraduates and choose between one of seven undergraduate programs that are designed to prepare them for the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) while …

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Tuition & Aid

MEM 3+2 students have access to financial aid for four years, during which they also have access to program-specific aid. For the first three years, students in the program pay undergraduate tuition …

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Community Events

The Headwaters Conference Every fall, Western Colorado University hosts a gathering of scholars, writers, poets, journalists, public officials, community activists, social and natural scientists and …

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ENVS Network

The ENVS Network documents people, organizations, and projects involved with the School of ENVS. Each year, Master in Environment Management students complete a 600 hour project, connecting people and organizations worldwide.

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Center for Mountain Transitions

Empowering students to advance just and sustainable mountain communities, from the Rockies to the world.

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Center for Public Lands

The Center is a hub for cross-boundary land management work and study.

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Center for Cold-Climate Food Security

The School of ENVS seeks funding for the Center for Cold-Climate Food Security to amplify experiential educational opportunities around high-alpine and cold-climate food production, while addressing hunger in the Gunnison Valley.

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Interim Dean

Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Clark Family School of Environment & Sustainability, Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Center for Public Lands Director

Contact Information

970.943.2248

ses@western.edu

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230

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