Academic Programs

Master of Science in Environmental Science

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General Info

Brief Description of the Major Field

A holistic and integrative Program, the Master of Science incorporates contemporary thinking on the relationship between nature and human society and how the relationship is influenced by such factors as local, national and global policies and structures, modes of production and others. This is an inter-college program designed to produce environmental researchers, teachers and managers.

 

Admission Requirements

An applicant with a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, economics and other social sciences may be admitted to the MS Environmental Science program. The Graduate School’s requirements for admission in UPLB apply. Admission is based on the applicant’s indicated competence and potential to complete the program. The admission requirements are:

1. Completed application form

2. Copy of official transcript of undergraduate (and graduate) works

3. Two letters of recommendation from former professors

4. Certificate of proficiency of English (for international students

 

Areas of Specialization

Environmental Planning and Management

Environmental Planning and Management as an area of specialization focuses on the following (1) environmental policy, (2) environmental program planning and administration, (3) environmental impact assessment, (4) urban and industrial ecology, (5) environmental monitoring and evaluation and (6) environmental planning approaches and methods.

Environmental Restoration

Ecosystem restoration can be a tools for protecting biological diversity on the planet, it requires the recreation of prior structure and function including ecosystem services. Areas of focus include degraded forest and agro-ecosystems management, degraded aquatic ecosystems management, mined-out area restoration, volcanic debris restoration and riverbank stabilization.

Community-Based Resource Management

CBRM is a process by which the people are given the opportunity and/or responsibility to manage their own resources. Areas of focus are (1) forest resource management (2) coastal resources management, (3) waste management, (4) mineral resource management and (5) agricultural systems management.

Protected Areas Management

Protected areas, such as wildlife reserves, parks and nature reserves provide economic, ecological, educational and cultural benefits. Protected areas management considers social and demographic analyses of the local populations and the present and future threats to their sustainability caused by land use changes. Area of focus is the management of protected areas.

Environmental Chemistry and toxicology

This program will enable students to understand the chemical nature, effects and detection of environmental problems as well as acquire basic skills in conducting water, soil and air quality analyses. Areas of focus are (1) method development on water/wastewater analysis, (2) water quality monitoring and assessment, (3) wastewater characterization and treatment, (4) wastewater utilization and pollution control, and (5) chemodynamics and fate of chemicals in the environment.

Environmental Biology

This program is designed for a graduate student with a bachelor’s degree in any of the natural sciences who, after finishing the graduate degree, will be able to apply the basic concepts and principles governing organismic and ecosystem structure and function in relation to (1) environmental phenomena, (2) biological impacts and (3) biological concerns in environmental management.

Courses

Core Courses

 Course Number 

 Course Title  Units   Prerequisites   Semester Offered 
 ENS 201  Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics  3

 BOT 150, 

 or BIO 150,

 or COI

 1, 2
 ENS 211

 Systems Analysis and Quantitative Methods in

 Natural Resource Management

 3

 MGT 211 or

 COI

 1
 ENS 275

 Contemporary Issues in Environment and

 Development  

 3

 COI

 ENS 296

 Environmental Impact Assessment: Perspectives 

 from the Natural and Social Sciences

 

 4  COI

 

 ENS 299

 Graduate Seminar

 1 

 ENS 300

 Master's Thesis

 6

 

Other Graduate Courses

 Course Number 

 Course Title  Units   Prerequisites   Semester Offered 
 ENS 202  Landscape Ecology   3

 ENSC 201, or

 BIO 150, or

 COI

 2
 ENS 203  Advanced Aquatic Ecology  3

 COI

 1
 ENS 204  Issues in Aquatic Resources Management   3

 

 2
 ENS 220  Institution and the Environment  3  COI  2
 ENS 255

 (or PSY 255)

 Environmental Psychology

 3  COI  2
 ENS 265

 (or SOC 265)

 Gender and Environments

 3  COI  1
 ENS 290

 Special Problems

 1-3  COI
 ENS 291

 Special Topics

 1-3  COI

 

Detailed Course Description

Course No. Title (Units). Description. Type. Prerequesites. (Semester of Offering) 

ENS 201. Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics  (3). Ecosystem structure, function, energetics, nutrient cycles, population dynamics, ecosystem models. 3 hrs (class). PR. BOT 150 or BIO 150 or COI. (1,2).

ENS 202. Landscape Ecology (3). Principles, theories, research methods and application of landscape ecology in environmental and natural resource management. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENS 201, BIO 150 or COI. (2).

ENS 203. Advanced Aquatic Ecology (3). Recent studies in aquatic environment-organism interactions; adaptive mechanisms; species displacement and extinction; modern approaches in the evaluation of production rates. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1).

ENS 204. Issues in Aquatic Resources Management (3). Problems and issues in the use of aquatic resources with emphasis on the Philippines situation. 3 hrs (class). (2).

ENS 211. Systems Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources Management (3). Statistical concepts and data analysis; optimization techniques; stochastic modeling; application of the systems approach to resource-based problems. 3 hrs (class). PR. MGT 211 or COI. (1).

ENS 220. Institution and the Environment (3). Social science approaches to the study of man-environment interactions; analysis of the interrelationships between culture, population, and the natural environment, and human responses to changing habitats. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (2).

ENS 221/SFFG 221. Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Formulation (3). Theories, concepts, and issues in environmental and natural resource policy formulation, case studies with special reference to developing countries. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.

ENS 230. Industrial Ecology (3). Ecological principles and their applications in the organization and management of industrial systems. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENS 201 or COI. (1).

ENS 242/ECO 275. Economic Valuation of Environmental and Natural Resource System (3). Approaches and techniques for economic measurements and valuation of natural resources and environmental impacts of development. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2).

ENS 255/PSY 255. Environmental Psychology (3). Analysis of the confluence of psychological processes and environmental context from a transactional perspective. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (2).

ENS 265/SOC 265. Gender and Environments (3). Theories, research, and issues relevant to the analysis of gender relations in the home and work environments. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1).

ENS 270. Dynamics of Population, Resources and Environment (3). Interactions of human populations with resources and environment in different ecosystems; local, national, and global in scope. 3 hrs (class). PR. HUME 2 or COI. (1).

ENS 275. Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development (3). Environmental issues, concerns and opportunities; environment-economy interactions; environmental administration; sustainable development policies and issues; resource-use conflict and resolution. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2).

ENS 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI.

ENS 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI.

ENS 296. Environmental Impact Assessment: Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences (4). Framework and methodology for environmental impact assessment of the biophysical and socioeconomic systems; ecological, social and ethical bases of EIA; risk assessment and management; mitigation of negative impacts and enhancement of positive impacts; case studies. 6 hrs (3 class, 3 lab). PR. COI. (2,S).

ENS 299. Graduate Seminar (1). May be taken twice.

ENS 300. Master’s Thesis (6)(1, 2, S)

ENS 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12)(1, 2, S)

 

Faculty Info

Faculty Information

Name of Faculty

 Designation  Major Field/Area of Specialization

 BAGUINON, Nestor T

 Assoc Prof   Forest Biology, Ecology, Soil Science, Silviculture, Statistics

 BALATIBAT, Juancho B. 

 Asst Prof   Entomology & Wildlife

 CASTILLO, Manuel L.

 Asst Prof   Silviculture, Social Forestry, Forest Taxonomy- my Floristics, Botany & Horticulture

 GARCIA, Mercedes U.

 Prof Emeritus  Soil Science

 FERNANDO, Edwino S.

 Prof   Molecular Phylogenetics, Plant Taxonomy, Forest Botany, FBS

 LAPITAN, Portia G.

 Prof   Tree Physiology, Biochemistry

 LIT, Ireneo Jr.

 Asst Prof   Forest Entomology/ Systematic Entomology

 MANALO, Mutya Q.

 Assoc Prof   Microbiology, Forest Pathology

 MILITANTE, Ernesto P.

 Assoc Prof   Forest Mycology, Forest Pathology, Forest Resource Mgt, Silviculture

 PAMPOLINA, Nelson M.

 Assoc Prof   Envi Biology,Forest Biology, Mycorrhiza, Biodiversity, Terrestrial Ecology, Silviculture

 RUBIO, Roberto B.

 Assoc Prof   Wildlife Bio&Mgt, Outdoor Recreation, Vertebrate Zoology, Statistics, Applied Zoology

Contact Info

Contact Information

Key Person: The Dean or Program Coordinator for Instruction

Phone Number: (049) 536-2868 or 3080

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