CEM Prerequisites & Requirements

Prerequisites

  1. MEM Program Prerequisites >
  2. CEM specific prerequisites: college microeconomics course or an introductory college economics course with a substantial microeconomics component.

CEM Required Courses

1. Core Courses

All students in the program are required to take six core courses (at least 18 credit hours) distributed as follows (times in parentheses are when the course is normally offered, consult ACES for actual schedule):

  1. ENVIRON 520 & 521 Resource and Environmental Econonomics I & II – NSOE faculty
    (3 credit hours total, fall 1st year, Durham)
  2. ENVIRON 775 Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy – Roady (3 credit hours, fall 1st year, Durham)
  3. ENVIRON 786A Marine Policy – G. Murray (3 credit hours, fall 2nd year, Beaufort)
  4. One additional policy course* such as:

    • ENVIRON 705 Social Impact Analysis – G. Murray (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort - not offered spring 2018) ^   
    • ENVIRON 551DA International Conservation and Development – Campbell (3 credit hours, spring)^
    • ENVIRON 531 Economic Valuation of the Environment – Vincent (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)#
    • ENVIRON 569 Should I Eat Fish? Economics, Ecology, and Health – M. Smith (3 credit hours, fall, Durham, video connected to Marine Lab)
    • ENVIRON 577 Environmental Politics – Mullin (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
    • ENVIRON 533A Marine Fisheries Policy – Garrity-Blake (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 887A Theory & Methods for Policy Analysis of the Commons – Basurto (3 credit hrs, fall, Beaufort)^
    • ENVIRON 709A Conservation Biology and Policy – Nowacek (3 credit hours, summer II, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 860SA Political Ecology – Campbell (3 credit hours, fall, Beaufort)^
    • ENVIRON 590.45S Alternative Discourses of Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Global South – Shapiro (3 credits, every other spring, Durham)^
    • ENVIRON 640 Climate Change Economics & Policy – Pizer (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
    • ENVIRON 835 Environmental Law – Wiener (2 credit hours, fall, Duke Law School)
    • ENVIRON 869 Environmental Law & Policy Clinic – Nowlin, Longest (4 credit hours, fall, spring, Duke Law School) {ENV 835 or ENV 775 is recommended for ENV 869}
    • PUBPOL 647S Legal Analysis for Development Governance – Admay (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
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      * Or equivalent with approval of Advisor and Program Chair
      # Cross-listed with ECON 572; can serve as either policy or Quant-List A but not both
      Can serve as either policy or synthesis but not both
      + Can serve as policy, science & policy synthesis OR an elective
  5. One ecology course* such as:

    • EVIRON TBA (NEW!) Deep-Sea Science and Environmental Management - C. Van  Dover (Spring 2018)
    • ENVIRON 517 Tropical Ecology – Poulsen (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
    • ENVIRON 714 Landscape Ecology – Urban (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)
    • ENVIRON 744 Ecology and Conservation of Streams and Rivers – Paul (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
    • ENVIRON 745A Marine Climate Change – Johnston (3 credit hours, fall, Beaufort)+
    • ENVIRON 773A Marine Ecology – Silliman (4 credit hours, fall, spring, summer II, Beaufort)#
    • ENVIRON 790 Managing Ocean Noise - D. Nowacek (Fall 2017)
    • ENVIRON 812 Wetland Ecology and Management – Richardson (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)^
    • ENVIRON 822A Coastal Watershed Science & Policy – Hunt (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)@
    • ENVIRON 823 Ecological Resilience and Ecosystem Management – Heffernan (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)
    • ENVIRON/BIO 627 Molecular Ecology – Wernegreen (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
    • BIOLOGY 668 Population Ecology – Morris (3 credit hours, fall Durham)$

     

    Beaufort Signature Travel Courses Below – additional travel costs apply^

    • ENVIRON 590.62 Urban Tropical Ecology – Rittschof (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 773LA Marine Ecology – Silliman (4 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)
    • ---
      * Or equivalent with approval of Advisor and Program Chair
      # Can serve as either ocean science or ecology but not both
      ^ Can serve as either ecology or synthesis but not both
      $ Can serve as either ecology or quantitative but not both
      @ Can serve as ecology, ocean science OR science & policy synthesis
      + Can serve as ocean science, ecology OR quantitative
  6. One ocean science course* such as:

    • EOS 528S Biological-Physical Couplings in Coastal Environments; Responses to Changing Forcing [Coastal Environmental Change] – B. Murray (3 credits hours, spring, Durham)
    • EEOS 715 Intro. to Coastal Environmental Change Processes – B. Murray (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)
    • ENVIRON 745A Marine Climate Change – Johnston (3 credit hours, fall, Beaufort)$
    • ENVIRON 773LA Marine Ecology – Silliman (4 credit hours, fall, spring, summer II, Beaufort)#
    • ENVIRON 704A Biological Oceanography – Johnson (4 credit hours, fall, spring, Beaufort) TENTATIVE: Block A, 2018
    • ENVIRON 770 Physical Oceanography – Hench (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)^
    • ENVIRON 788LA Marine Invert. Zoology (4 credit hrs, fall/spring)
    • ENVIRON 822A Coastal Watershed Science  & Policy – Hunt (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)+
    • ENVIRON 825LA Marine Molecular Microbiology – Hunt (4 credit hrs, fall)
    • ENVIRON 573A Coastal Marine Pollution – Ferguson (3 credit hours, fall

     

    Beaufort Signature Travel Courses Below – additional travel costs apply

    • ENVIRON 528A Community-Based Marine Conservation in the Gulf of California – Basurto (3 credit hrs, spring, Beaufort)
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      * Or equivalent with approval of Advisor and Program Chair
      #Can serve as either ocean science or ecology but not both
      $Can serve as ocean science, ecology OR quantitative
      ^ Can serve as either ocean science or quantitative but not both

      + Can serve as ecology, ocean science OR science & policy synthesis
  7. One science and policy synthesis course* such as:

    • EVIRON TBA (NEW!) Deep-Sea Science and Environmental Management - C. Van  Dover (Spring 2018)
    • ENVIRON 705 Social Impact Analysis – G. Murray (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort) ^
    • ENVIRON 753LA Sensory Physiology of Marine Animals – Rittschof (4 credit hrs, fall)
    • ENVIRON 784LA Introduction to Bioacoustics – Nowacek (4 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 790 Managing Ocean Noise - D. Nowacek (Fall 2017)
    • ENVIRON 569 Should I Eat Fish? Economics, Ecology, and Health – M. Smith (3 credit hours, fall, Durham, video connected to Marine Lab)
    • ENVIRON 812 Wetland Ecology and Management – Richardson (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)#
    • ENVIRON 831 Sustainable Business Strategy (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
    • ENVIRON 590.5S Alternative Discourses of Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Global South – Shapiro (3 credits, every other spring, Durham)#
    • ENVIRON 887A Theory & Methods for Policy Analysis of the Commons – Basurto (3 credit hrs, fall, Beaufort)#
    • ENVIRON 776A Marine Mammals – Read (3 credit hrs, fall, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 822A Coastal Watershed Sci & Policy – Hunt (3 credit hrs, spring, Beaufort)@
    • ENVIRON 860SA Political Ecology – Campbell (3 credit hrs, fall, Beaufort)^
    • ENVIRON 551DA International Conservation and Development – Campbell (3 credit hours, spring)

     

    Beaufort Signature Travel Courses Below – additional travel costs apply

    • ENVIRON 777A Biol./Cons. Sea Turtles – Godfrey (3 credit hrs, spring, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 817 Urban Tropical Ecology – Rittschof (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 824A Marine Conservation Biology – Read (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort)
    • ENVIRON 528A Community-Based Marine Conservation in the Gulf of California – Basurto (3 credit hrs, spring, Beaufort) ---
      * Or equivalent with approval of Advisor and Program Chair
      # Can serve as either ecology or synthesis but not both
      ^ Can serve as either policy or synthesis but not both

      @ Can serve as ecology, ocean science or science & policy synthesis

2. Tools and Methods Courses

Three courses (at least 9 credit hours) in quantitative methods and tools are required. Be SURE to check the online NS Course Advising web page and ACES for additional courses.

Some of these courses are not offered every year, and this list is not inclusive.  

These are the most common Tools/Methods courses that CEM students take:

  • ENVIRON 770 Physical Oceanography – Hench (3 credit hours, spring, Beaufort) #
  • ENVIRON 704A Biological Oceanography – Johnson (4 credit hours, fall, spring, Beaufort) TENTATIVE: Block A 2018 #
  • ENVIRON 876A Data & Time Series Analysis in Marine Sciences – Hench (4 credit hrs, fall, Beaufort)
  • ENVIRON 745A Marine Climate Change – Johnston (3 credit hours, fall, Beaufort)+
  • ENVIRON 559 (GIS cert) Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis – Halpin (4 credit hours, 1st year in fall, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 765 (GIS cert) Geospatial Analysis for Coastal & Marine Management – Halpin (4 credit hrs, 1st year in spring, Durham) {ENV559 is required for ENV 765}
  • ENVIRON 859 (GIS cert) Advanced Geospatial Analysis – Fay (4 credit hours, spring, Durham … but videoconferenced to Beaufort)
  • ENVIRON 755 Community-Based Environmental Mgmt – Shapiro (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 557 Social Science Survey for Env. Mgmt – Kramer (3 cred hrs, spring, Durham)

Not commonly taken by CEM students, but do count towards Tool/Methods:

  • ENVIRON 638 Environmental Life Cycle Analysis – Daystar (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 808 Aquatic & Wetland Field Skills – O’Driscoll (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 710 Applied Data Analysis for Env. Science (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 665L Bayesian Inference for Environmental Models – J. Clark (3 credit hours, fall, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 752 Sustainable & Renewable Resource Economics – M. Smith (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 724 Landscape Analysis & Management – Urban (4 credit hrs, spring, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 531 Economic Valuation of the Environment – Vincent (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)#
  • ENVIRON 832 Environmental Decision Analysis – Maguire (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 734L Watershed Hydrology – Katul (4 credit hours, fall, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 761 Geospatial Analysis for Conservation & Management {terrestrial Focus} – Fay (3 credit hrs, spring, Durham)
  • ENVIRON 556 Environmental Conflict Resolution – Maguire (3 credit hours, spring Durham)
  • ENVIRON 857L Satellite Remote Sensing for Env. Analysis – Swenson (3 credit hrs, fall, Durham)
  • BIOLOGY 668 Population Ecology (3 credit hours, fall Durham)$
  • PUBPOL 813 Quantitative Evaluation Methods (3 credit hours, spring)
  • STA 841 Generalized Linear Models (3 credit hours)
  • STA 502 Bayesian Inference and Decision (3 credit hours)
  • STA 721 Introduction to Linear Models (3 credit hours)
  • STA 690 Special Topics in Statistics (3 credit hours, fall)
  • STA 730 Applied Time Series Analysis (3 credit hours, NCSU)
  • BMA 567 Modeling of Biological Systems (3 credit hours, Fall, NCSU)
  • SOCIOL 720 Survey Research Methods (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)
  • SOCIOL 723 Social Statistics II (3 credit hours, spring, Durham)

* Or equivalent with approval of Advisor and Program Chair
# Can serve as either ocean science or quantitative, but not both
$ Can serve as either ecology or quantitative, but not both
+ Can serve as ocean science, ecology OR quantitative 

3. Elective Courses

Electives should be chosen to add depth to the area of specialization, to develop a second area of expertise, or to strengthen quantitative skills.  Courses cannot be counted as both a required course and an elective.  Suggested electives are listed below.  Students may consult with their advisors concerning other acceptable courses.

Durham Courses

  • ENVIRON 501 Environmental Toxicology (3 credit hours, fall)
  • ENVIRON 517 Tropical Ecology (3 credit hours, spring)
  • ENVIRON 734L Watershed Hydrology (4 credit hours, fall)
  • ENVIRON 621 Water Resources Finance and Planning (3 credit hrs, fall)
  • ENVIRON 590.28 U.S. Water Governance (3 credit hrs, fall)
  • ENVIRON 542 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credit hours, spring)
  • ENVIRON 577 Environmental Politics (3 credit hours, spring)
  • ENVIRON 725S Protected Areas (3 credit hours, fall)
  • ENVIRON 556 Environmental Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours, spring)
  • ENVIRON 809 Wetlands Restoration Ecology (3 credit hours, spring)
  • ENVIRON 812 Wetlands Ecology and Management (3 credit hours, fall)
  • ENVIRON 564 Biogeochemistry (3 credit hours, fall) 
  • ENVIRON 505/LAW 520 Climate Change and the Law [seminar] (2 credit hours, spring, Durham) 

Beaufort Courses

  • ENVIRON 778LA Comparative Physiology of Marine Animals (4 credit hours, spring or fall)
  • ENVIRON 551DA Internatl. Conservation and Development (3 credit hours, spring)
  • ENVIRON 788LA Marine Invert. Zoology (4 credit hrs, fall/spring)
  • ENVIRON 876A Data & Time Series Analysis in Marine Sciences (4 credit hrs, fall)
  • ENVIRON 593 Independent Studies and Projects (limit 4 credit hours) *Does not count toward fulfilling requirements.
  • ENVIRON 825LA Marine Molecular Microbiology (4 credit hrs, fall)
  • BIOLOGY 753LA Sensory Physiology of Marine Animals (4 credit hrs, spring or fall)
  • BIOLOGY 570LA-1 Tropical Marine Ecology (2 credit hours, fall; Beaufort Signature Travel Course, additional travel costs apply)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

  • Year 1, fall, Durham: ENVIRON 898.02, ENVIRON 520 & 521, ENVIRON 775, ENVIRON 800, quantitative course(s)
  • Year 1, spring, Durham: ENVIRON 898.02, quantitative course(s)
  • Summer: Internship or research
  • Year 2, fall, Beaufort: ENVIRON 898.02, ENVIRON 786A, quantitative course(s), Master’s Project (4-6 credit hours, ENVIRON 899.02)
  • Year 2, spring, Beaufort: ENVIRON 898.02 (398.02), quantitative course(s), Master’s Project (4-6 credit hours, ENVIRON 899.02)
  • Note: Plan to work on MP during Blocks A or B while in Beaufort.