Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power (Master's)
The Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. This degree addresses the requirements and topics needed for any Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), as well as the human health and environmental risks associated with the use of radioactive materials. Students will be prepared with essential knowledge to complete, analyze, and enhance Environmental Impact Statements—documents that provide valuable information about proposed development processes of nuclear energy. The program will also support the educational infrastructure that allows the nation to move forward with its nuclear energy initiatives by promoting and strengthening the teaching/learning needs in environmental protection around nuclear sites and installations, including uranium mines and milling facilities.
The master's degree concentration in Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power goes beyond environmental basics; students will understand the role of scientific quantification of nuclear project action and the interaction with the environment, while pursuing alternative power solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of nuclear energy. Learn the laws and policy associated with nuclear energy and become an expert in the interaction between nuclear power and the environment. Customize your Environmental Policy and Management master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.
This degree prepares students to:
- Develop the skills necessary to prepare an EIS, and their interdisciplinary nature
- Develop the ability to critically analyze the EIS document and the implementation policy process
- Understand the role of scientific quantification of nuclear project action and the interaction with the environment
- Enhance the individual and team skills necessary in the preparation of an EIS
- Advance knowledge in nuclear energy policy and laws
- Develop a foundation for improving engineering design of nuclear systems and nuclear waste treatment facilities that would be friendlier to the environment
- Develop the capability to identify alternative design features that would be friendlier to the environment and contribute to sustainable development of nuclear energy
Environmental Policy and Management Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Develop and demonstrate a higher awareness of environmental ethics including the responsible exercise of individual judgment and civic responsibility and honesty in dealing with environmental issues
- Understand the importance and application of the science of ecology and its impact on the cultural and social creation of humans and earth's physical and biological system
- Demonstrate a solid background in business management, environmental policy, public communication and involvement, and work toward the integration of environmental improvement into all organizational business decisions and operations
- Clearly articulate the roles of legislatures, rule-making bodies, and regulatory enforcement agencies in environmental protection and management
- Display critical thinking processes: analyze, understand, and evaluate environmental issues in organizations including educating the public and instituting collaborative decision-making on issues involving the levels of acceptable risks and degree, intensity, and acceptability of environmental protection
- Apply advanced methods such as life-cycle cost analyses, impact assessment, decision making, science, economics, finance, etc., in an integrative approach to craft informed decisions about complex environmental problems and challenges
MAS in Environmental Policy And Management with a concentration in Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs
Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.
- EPM 4001 - Environmental Foundations and Principles
- EPM 4115 - Introduction to Ecology
- EPM 4710 - Environmental Project Management
Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
Customize your degree or certificate using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.Core Coures - 8 qtr. hrs
The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
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Careers in Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power
Nuclear Corrective Action Plan Coordinator, Project Manager, Program Supervisor, Nuclear Planner, Nuclear Instructional Technologist, Nuclear Oversight Assessor, Procedure Writer, Operations Manager.
Assessment, monitoring, management, troubleshooting, quality control, writing, strategy, analysis, budgeting, scheduling, planning.
While commercial nuclear power plants aren’t typically built in the US, there are plenty of job opportunities in research and development for nuclear power as an energy source, especially for the development of carbon emission free plants. Public demand for stronger environmental restrictions and increased alternative energies has led to developments in renewable energies, along with nuclear power options. Technical innovation is key to success in this career, along with understanding the Environmental Impact Statement.
Careers In Environmental Policy and Management
The future is bright!
Environmental job openings are expected to soar within the next decade, with projections as high as 19% job growth for environmental science positions by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Careers for environmental specialists will likely be found in prosperous, rapidly growing cities and communities-hello, Denver! Clean energy projects are driving the economic recovery in the United States, with green business especially booming in the Southeast. Clean energy projects are popping up across the country, primarily in California, North Carolina, Florida, and Michigan. Start your career search for environmental-focused employment at any level of government, manufacturing companies, emergency services, service industries, or commercial businesses.
Stay ahead of the curve.
The vast majority of employers within the field of environmental science prefer candidates who hold a relevant master's degree, or a bachelor's degree with a certificate. Keep an eye on alternative energies, such as wind and solar energy, plus jobs that focus on efficient energy management. With the world more attuned to green living, the job market will likely focus on improving sustainability and natural resource management. Job creation in the clean energy and clean transportation sectors are booming across the United States, with more than 110,000 new jobs in those sectors created in 2012. Going green never looked better!
Where are they now?
University College alumni who graduated with a master's degree in environmental policy and management hold job titles such as Safety Director, Environmental Education Coordinator, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Watershed Coordinator, Natural Resource Manager, Forester, and Environmental Compliance Engineer in companies and organizations such as Proctor and Gamble, Kinder Morgan, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, and Colorado Conservation Trust.
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