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Great Lakes Center courses

GLC 535 Great Lakes Ecosystem Science

Study of the North American Great Lakes ecosystems: evolution, physical and chemical features, biological structure, ecological interactions, ecosystem metabolism, and human dimensions. Specific topics covered will include: ecosystem concepts, including energy flow, nutrient cycling, and stability; food web structure and interactions among communities; geological history and evolution of the Great Lakes watershed; contemporary Great Lakes environmental issues; regulation of ecosystem functioning and adaptive management applied to the Great Lakes. 


GLC 590 Independent Study

Independent investigation into a specific area of Great Lakes environmental science; topic selected by the student in consultation with a faculty member.


GLC 600 Great Lakes Seminar

Research seminar on Great Lakes environmental science topics, including physical, biological, chemical, socio-economic, and management issues in the Great Lakes basin. Invited speakers representing various groups within the Great Lakes basin, including government agencies, academia, industry, and public interest groups, will give presentations on Great Lakes environmental science and management topics. Students present thesis proposals and research results.


GLC 688 Internship

Guided, supervised field experiences that complement the academic program. Requires approval by the student’s advisor and internship coordinator, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and background of courses or experience within the area of interest.


GLC 695 Master’s Thesis

Research or investigation of a particular problem, planned and carried out by the student in consultation and guidance from the instructor, submitted in acceptable form according to the directions given by the Graduate School.


PSM “Plus” courses


PSM 601 Project Management for Math and Science Professionals

Current practices in project management as applied to math and science projects. Hands-on experience with the skills, tools, and techniques required in different phases of a project’s life cycle, including project selection, project planning, project staffing and organization, task scheduling, project-scope management, budgeting and progress reporting, risk management, quality management, project communications, and use of appropriate project-management software tools. Techniques for communicating and motivating teams throughout the project life cycle. Emphasis on team building and practicing project-management techniques through the use of science-based cases.


PSM 602 Business & Technical Communication for Math and Science Professionals

An examination of communications in business settings intended to develop strategic thinking about communication and aid in improving writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills for mathematicians and scientists within a managerial setting, including a set of "best practices" or guidelines that have been derived from both research and experience. Students will put those guidelines into practice, using a workshop format that will rely heavily on discussion and in-class exercises.


Biology Department courses

BIO 603                 Foundations of ecology and evolution

BIO 612                 Topics in Ecology: Great Lakes ecology

BIO 612                 Topics in Ecology: Freshwater macroinvertebrate ecology

BIO 625                 Ichthyology

BIO 626                 Topics in Botany: Plant ecology

BIO 627                 Topics in Zoology: Microbial ecology

BIO 627                 Topics in Zoology: Biodiversity and systematics

BIO 627                 Topics in Zoology: Environmental toxicology

BIO 627                 Topics in Zoology: Conservation biology

BIO 629                 Fisheries management

BIO 630                 Stream ecology


Geography and Planning Department courses

GEG 503               Studies in resource conservation

GEG 516               Watershed pollution

GEG 521               Watershed analysis

GEG 523               Biogeography

GEG 525               Fundamentals of GIS

GEG 528               Environmental Assessment & Planning Applications in GIS

GEG 529               Advanced topics in GIS

GEG 565               Soil science and management

GEG 575               Principles of hydrology

GEG 616               Atmospheric deposition monitoring and modeling

GEG 617               Hydrologic modeling

GEG 618               Fluid dynamics and sediment transport

GEG 619               Wetland hydrology and ecology

GEG 610               Global climate change

PLN 560                Environmental Impact Assessment


Earth Sciences and Science Education Department courses

GES 521                Advanced environmental geochemistry

GES 525                Advanced hydrogeology

GES 529                Advanced environmental field methods and analysis

GES 607                Regional geomorphology of the United States


Chemistry Department courses

CHE 530                Advanced environmental chemistry

Great Lakes Center

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Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4329 •  Fax: (716) 878-6644