American University of Beirut
I. WHAT IS THE PROGRAM ?
The program is a multi disciplinary. interfaculty graduate program at AUB leading to the degree of Master of Environmental Sciences. It offers three majors
(1) Environmental Technology in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA)
(2) Ecosystem Management in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (FAFS)
(3) Environmental Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
The Program prepares graduates through teaching and research, and is supported by fully equipped core laboratories housed in the Faculty of Medicine (FM) and FEA, Core Environmental Laboratory (CEL) that follows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, Geographic Information System (GIS) and an Engineering Environmental Research Center (EERC). Graduates of the program will be highly qualified for dealing with a broad range of environmental issues, such as monitoring, assessment, remediation, management, policy, planning, and training. The, Program emphasizes an integrated and comprehensive approach that aims at enhancing the quality of life while safeguarding the sustainability of the environment and of natural resources.
II. WHEN WILL THE PROGRAM START?
It is planned to have the first group of students start in October 1997.
III. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
A student with a BS or a BA may apply, and is required to complete the following undergraduate prerequisites or their approved equivalents: Biol 200, Chem 202, Phil 209, ES 201, ES 202, and Math 208.
Additional courses from the following list may be recommended by the advisor depending on the student's background and intended major: Chem 205, Math 20 1, Math 202, Math 209, Phys 204, EH 211, Geol 204 and Geol 205.
A WORD ABOUT THE MAJORS
The Environmental Technology major focuses on the fundamental scientific and applied concepts associated with environmental problems and issues. It exposes students to technologies and techniques for efficient analysis, control, evaluation, operation, and management of environmental facilities and systems related to water, wastewater, air, and solid wastes (municipal, hazardous, and industrial). Graduates will be well prepared for research, training, consulting, and testing in the field of environmental sciences as well as planning, operation and management of environmental facilities and systems.
The Ecosystem Management major focuses on the interaction of the physical and biological resources, agricultural and social sciences as they relate to the utilization and development of ecosystems. The curriculum is designed to impart to the student a working knowledge of the methodologies and techniques used in monitoring and management of ecosystems. The major emphasizes interactions in the natural world and aims specifically at conferring a scientific understanding of the impact of development on the ecosystem. Relevance is ensured by placing the scientific core in a framework of current concerns. Students are prepared to anticipate, identify, evaluate and analyze environmental issues of direct bearing on the natural and agro-ecosystem. Graduates will learn how to formulate strategies, and implement solutions to keep the ecosystem productive and biologically diverse. They will be well prepared for research, training, and consulting in the private and public sectors.
Environmental Health is an integrated multidisciplinary field focusing on the impact of physical, chemical, and biological agents on human health. Graduates of the Environmental Health major will be specifically equipped to assess the impact of various pollutants on human health, to evaluate different pollution control strategies, and learn how to develop policies to manage and maintain a clean Environment.
For further information, contact:
Interfaculty Coordinating Committee
American University of Beirut
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