Dual M.A./M.S. Journalism/Environmental Science

Acquire the research background, professional training, and knowledge of science and journalism, while helping define discussions in the fields of science and journalism about the ways in which this information influences public perceptions and public policy, and, therefore, the effects of science on society.

Course Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 51 units to earn dual master’s degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. You may choose from the following academic tracks:

Professional Emphasis

Journalism Courses (18 units) 

  • JOUR 506: Introductory and Advanced Reporting (3 units)
  • JOUR 507: Reporting with Multimedia (3 units)
  • JOUR 508: Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • JOUR 509: International and U.S. Media Law (3 units)
  • JOUR 589: Research Methods (3 units)
  • JOUR 590C or 590F: School Media (3 units)

Shared Journalism/Environmental Courses (15 units)

  • JOUR 555: Environmental Journalism or JOUR 572: Science Journalism (3 units)
  • JOUR 572: Science Journalism or JOUR 565: Issues in Covering Science & the Environment (3 units)
  • ENVS 515: Translating Environmental Science (3 units)

One thesis or project for a total of 6 units of credit:

  • JOUR 909: Project or JOUR: 910 Thesis (3 units)
  • ENVS 909: Project or ENVS 910: Thesis (3 units)

Environmental Courses (15 units)

Take Both:

  • ENVS 518: Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment (3 units)
  • ENVS 544: Applied Environmental Law (3 units)

Select one:

  • ENVS 520: Environmental Physics (3 units)
  • ENVS 570: Soil Physics (3 units)

Select one:

  • ENVS 525: Environmental Microbiology (3 units)
  • ENVS 574: Aquatic Plants & the Environment (3 units)
  • WSM 552: Dryland Ecohydrology (3 units)

Select one:

  • ENVS 562: Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry (3 units)
  • ENVS 564: Environmental Chemistry (3 units)

Environmental Electives (3 units)

  • ENVS 508: Scientific Writing for Environmental, Agricultural and Life Sciences (3 units)
  • ENVS 561: Soil and Water Conservation (summer) (3 units)
  • ENVS 595F: Conservation Biology: Field Studies in Developing Countries (summer) (3 units)
  • ENVS 596B: Arizona Water Policy (consent of instructor required) (3 units)
  • ENVS 603K: Engaging the Public in Environmental Decision-Making (3 units)
  • ENVS 603M: Global Climate Change and the Law (3 units)
  • TTE 530: Environmental Learning (Education) (3 units)

Total: 51 units

Journalism Studies Emphasis

Journalism Courses (18 units)

  • JOUR 508: Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • JOUR 509: International and U.S. Media Law (3 units)
  • JOUR 539: Ethics and the News Media (3 units)
  • JOUR 560: International Media Systems (3 units)
  • JOUR 589: Research Methods (3 units)
  • JOUR 596F: Media Coverage of International Crises (3 units)

Shared Journalism/Environmental Courses (15 units)

  • JOUR 555: Environmental Journalism or JOUR 572: Science Journalism (3 units)
  • JOUR 565: Issues in Covering Science & the Environment (3 units)
  • ENVS 515: Translating Environmental Science (3 units)

One thesis or project for a total of 6 units:

  • JOUR 909: Project or JOUR 910: Thesis (3 units)
  • ENVS 909: Project or ENVS 910: Thesis (3 units)

Environmental Courses (15 units)

Take Both:

  • ENVS 518: Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment (3 units)
  • ENVS 544: Applied Environmental Law (3 units)

Select one:

  • ENVS 520: Environmental Physics (3 units)
  • ENVS 570: Soil Physics (3 units)

Select one:

  • ENVS 525: Environmental Microbiology (3 units)
  • ENVS 574: Aquatic Plants & the Environment(3 units)
  • WSM 552: Dryland Ecohydrology (3 units) 

Select one:

  • ENVS 562: Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry (3 units)
  • ENVS 564: Environmental Chemistry (3 units)

Environmental Electives (3 units)

  • ENVS 508: Scientific Writing for Environmental, Agricultural and Life Sciences (3 units)
  • ENVS 561: Soil and Water Conservation (summer) (3 units)
  • ENVS 595F: Conservation Biology: Field Studies in Developing Countries (summer) (3 units)
  • ENVS 596B: Arizona Water Policy (consent of instructor required) (3 units)
  • ENVS 603K: Engaging the Public in Environmental Decision-Making (3 units)
  • ENVS 603M: Global Climate Change and the Law (3 units)
  • TTE 530: Environmental Learning (Education) (3 units)

Total: 51 units