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University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies; Life Sciences NH State Licensure Pathway, MS

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MS in Environmental Studies; Life Sciences NH Lic Pathway
AU New England
Credits for Degree: 36 semester credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom, Fieldwork
Standard time to completion: 21 months

Program Overview

The MS in Environmental Studies degree requires a minimum of three semesters and 36 credits. There are a few commonalities across all the Environmental Science degree concentrations that are apparent as students look through the following requirements and descriptions. All MS degrees have a combination of coursework and application in the field. There will be some field work in particular courses, through an internship, and a culminating academic experience. All MS students in ES are expected to:

  • Take three core courses (9 credits), and,
  • Identify a concentration area (6 credits required courses, 15 credits of methods/electives) in which to specialize; and,
  • Complete an appropriate professional internship (3 credits) , and,
  • Complete a capstone requirement (3 credits) in the form of a master’s project, thesis, collaborative service initiative, or a second professional internship.

Six concentrations described below, one of which is self-designed. All ES MS concentrations have the same set of core courses, except the MS with Science Teaching Licensure Pathway, the description of which follows the other concentrations below. Courses required for concentrations are divided into specific academic content areas or methods courses in which students can acquire knowledge and develop skills in topics identified by faculty as useful in the field.

Students are to develop knowledge and skills, in the areas listed on the following pages. Together with their advisors, students are required to develop a program plan, during their first semester, which indicates:

  1. The specific concentration and methods courses to be taken to develop needed expertise, and the semester in which each is planned;
  2. The type of capstone the student plans to complete;
  3. Whether the Professional Science Master’s designation is planned and which courses will be taken to fulfill the requirements (i.e., 18 STEM and 12 PLUS course credits); and;
  4. Any special arrangements such as advanced standing, or general education requirements which will need to be met.

All students must complete the core, concentration, and methods/elective courses for the number of credits indicated or have an approved waiver form on file with the Department of Environmental Studies and the University Registrar.


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Plan of Study

To earn the MS degree with NH Licensure Pathway in either Life Sciences or Middle Level Science students must meet the general education requirements, satisfy the prerequisites listed below, and successfully complete a minimum of 36 credits, distributed as follows, in the section following the prerequisites:

Middle Level Science Prerequisites

In addition to a solid academic background in at least one science area, students must satisfactorily complete (“B” or better) the following courses from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution (within the last 10 years of beginning the program), or obtain a passing score on an equivalent CLEP exam before you can be recommended for certification to the State of NH.

  • one semester of Basic Biology with lab (molecular and cellular, CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Chemistry with a lab (CLEP accepted)
  • one semester of Mathematics (CLEP accepted)
  • semester of Physics (not available at Antioch; CLEP not offered by ETS; “B” or better from Excelsior College UExcel Examination in Physics accepted.

Core Areas - 9 Semester Credits

Choose Two (2) Courses From the Following - 6 Semester Credits

*Optional - Selection of a third course may be used to fulfill concentration or skills credits below.

Skills Requirement - 3 Semester Credits

Choose from any course designated as “concentration or skills”

*Optional Core course may be selected to fulfill concentration or skills credits.

Capstone Project - 6 Semester Credits

A full-time, 15-week student teaching internship at an approved site in the area of students’ certification track

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