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The Master of Science in Integrated Science and Technology (M.S. ISAT) with a concentration in Environmental Management and Sustainability includes core classes covering fundamental aspects of analytical methods, systems thinking and modeling, sustainability, and tools to understand, analyze and describe critical models and concepts in an increasingly cross-cultural world. The program is designed to build holistic thinking and problem-solving using systems perspectives on environmental and sustainability challenges. 

Courses are designed, developed and, for the most part, taught collaboratively by faculty from James Madison University and the University of Malta. Learning at both campuses affords students the opportunity to experience, compare, and contrast environmental and sustainability issues in different geographic, political, and social contexts. 

Organization of the program includes a core of applied material valuable to the practitioner that carries across the Fall and Spring semesters at both James Madison University and the University of Malta as well as a set of concentration courses and electives. 

Core Courses
  • Analytical Methods include analytical tools and techniques necessary for understanding patterns in data and applying data in ways that can help in defining action and shaping policy and practice.  
  • Systems Dynamics introduces the science of systems as practiced in the field and includes elements of system dynamics and systems modeling.
  • Human-Environment Dynamics focuses on the role humans play within natural and technological systems and how to properly understand and describe their impact on these systems.
  • Science, Technology and Society focuses on how science and technology impacts modern society and fits within a cross-cultural world.
Concentration Courses

Courses that are part of the concentration in Environmental Management and Sustainability include: 

  • Sustainability, Society, and Change explore key principles of sustainability and how these apply to both the individual and society at large, also discussing why this concept has taken on global importance in the wake of environmental and human development crises.
  • Earth Systems characterizes the Earth’s physical domains and dynamic processes within its biosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere, focusing in particular on key interactions between these. 
  • Sustainability Policy and Law introduces students to the basic principles of international and national environmental law, policy, and regulation as it pertains to sustainability.
  • US and Mediterranean Field Study dispersed and distinct coursework provides hands-on experience with relevant techniques in interdisciplinary and unfamiliar contexts.
Electives

Students select one of two sets of  elective courses allowing for further focusing studies in pathways related to sustainability technology management and sustainability conservation and use of living resources

Sustainable technology management focuses on improving the sustainability performance of industry through applications of industrial ecology and environmental management systems, as well as by developing innovative approaches for meeting energy needs and monitoring and managing waste and pollution. 

Sustainable conservation and use of living resources focus on the challenges of safeguarding biodiversity and protecting natural habitat while ensuring sustainable food production systems that are able to reliably and effectively provide food security. 

  • Elective 1: Biodiversity, Conservation & Protected areas
  • Elective 2: Energy, Water & Waste
  • Elective 3: Sustainable Industrial Systems
  • Elective 4: Sustainable Food Systems
Capstone/Thesis

Beginning in the first semester and carrying throughout the 12-month program of study, students will create an independent Capstone Project, jointly advised by JMU and University of Malta faculty members, that aligns with a student’s interests and coursework. This affords students the opportunity to demonstrate application and synthesis of the skills and knowledge gained through the program. Capstone project work is developed throughout the program of study under the guidance of program faculty and may be combined with professional placement opportunities. Culmination of the project analysis, report, and presentation occurs at a location selected by the student, in coordination with the faculty advisors. For students wishing to do a more in-depth project, a Thesis option is available in determination with the advisor and program directors.

Degrees Awarded

Upon successful completion of program requirements and presentation of the capstone project, students will be awarded both:

  • A Master of Science degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University, and
  • A Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Planning from the University of Malta 

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