The Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science is enhancing the Master of Professional Science program once again by creating a new track in Coastal Sustainability Science and Practice (Marine Affairs and Policy Division). This track will be offered for the first time in Fall 2012 and provides students with advanced training in the expanding field of sustainability, with a combined focus on the practical aspects of systems management and the theoretical understanding of whole-systems design. The goal of this track is to train future leaders who create solutions for sustainability issues at local and global levels.
The Fall semester will provide students with the unique experience to conduct a semester of hands-on applied research on location at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in Eleuthera, Bahamas. The Cape Eleuthera Institute specializes in testing innovative sustainable technologies and practices for small island and coastal systems. MPS students will develop professional skills through their direct involvement in ongoing aquaculture, biodigestion, passive building design, sustainable entrepreneurship, marine management, and alternative energy programs. They will become active participants in everything from conceptual design to the daily technical maintenance of these projects. In addition, students benefit greatly from the exposure to island conditions and daily life at an active field research campus on a small island with a population of only 10,000.
The Cape Eleuthera Institute semester will be strengthened and complimented by a Spring semester of coursework at the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science. This curriculum will provide a foundation in the history and philosophy of sustainability, as well as exposure to case studies of sustainable design from other bioregions. Additionally, students will be allowed to select electives that reflect their growing interests, such as aquaculture, the economics of natural resources, and environmental engineering. This will be followed by a summer internship that expands upon their previous experience, either returning to CEI or working with another faculty approved internship site. This degree provides excellent preparation for employment in the areas of marine conservation, renewable energy, ecological design, and coastal systems management.
- Dr. Brian Soden
Professor and Associate Dean for Professional Studies
- Dr. Jill Richardson
Director – Masters of professional Science/Lecturer/Advisor
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