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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences will offer a new master’s degree program in environmental science beginning this fall. The program, to be taught by faculty in the departments of biological sciences, chemistry and physical sciences, is the only one of its kind in the New York Metropolitan area.
Scientific and technological advances of the 19th and 20th centuries have led to substantial economic growth and progress world wide. These changes, however, also have impacted the environment in significant and unexpected ways. “Pace’s interdisciplinary graduate program will help students acquire the knowledge and practical skills needed to tackle the environmental challenges of the 21st century,” said Dr. David Rahni, professor of analytical chemistry and director of the new program.
Students will learn about the growing challenges facing today’s global community, including the depletion of natural resources, disruption in the food chain, global climate changes, the decline of air, water and land quality, and the increase in toxic pollutants. Also, they will learn methods of monitoring, correcting and preventing such environmental problems.
This 39-credit master’s degree program has been approved and registered by the New York State Department of Education. Classes and research will take place in the Dyson Hall of Science, which is a modern facility with environmental instruments, an aquatic ecology laboratory, computers and state-of-the-art technology.
Students may have opportunities to participate in cooperative educational internships for field work experience. Degree candidates will have a broad, in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the field of environmental science as well as practical research skills.
Employment opportunities for graduates may include environmental research, testing, analysis, field assessment, and waste management for nonprofit foundations, corporations, federal and state research centers and universities. There also will be opportunities for management positions in federal, state and local environmental protection agencies and departments and of environmental conservation.
Students interested in applying for admission to the program should have completed the equivalent of two years of basic, undergraduate science courses. However, qualified students can enroll in the program and complete undergraduate prerequisite courses along with the graduate-level courses.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.