[Audio] MSU Launches State's First Sustainability Science Master's Program
While many Kentucky colleges offer undergraduate programs in sustainability, none have developed a sister program for graduate students. Dr. Howard Whiteman speaks with Kate on Sounds Good today on the development and implementation of Murray State's new Master of Science in Sustainability program, the first in the state.
According to the MSU Master of Science in Sustainability's Facebook page, sustainability is a growing field that studies, develops and implements ways to assist our world in its capacity to keep supporting life. It is a field growing parallel with its need, as natural resources become rare and global climate change affects every aspect of life on earth.
"Murray State is in front of the game," said Dr. Whiteman. "Sustainability is one of those fields that's only going to grow as time goes on."
The program is viewed as a value-added program, meaning it adds knowledge and experience onto a student's previous major, allowing each individual to enter the program and take their sustainability expertise into his or her desired field.
The curriculum takes a few core classes designated as fundamentally important to developing a knowledge base and combines them with restricted electives and courses in different fields, allowing students to personalize and tailor their experience.
An integral course students must take is a practicum, allowing the students to develop their own sustainability program that serves a need in the region. The students create their program and, with approval from faculty, implement the program and present their work through a written paper and a presentation at Scholar's Week.
For more information on the program, visit their Facebook page here.