Sustainable Systems

This specialization focuses on the science and management of designed and domesticated ecosystems. Graduates have a strong understanding of the functional dynamics of an ecosystem, comprehensive appreciation of ecosystem responses to manipulation, and the ability to link ecosystem processes to human and environmental health and economic output.

Students may concentrate efforts toward understanding terrestrial, aquacultural, or environmental impact and system function. Expertise is developed in production of food, fiber, ornamental, and utility products from domesticated systems and the potential interactions with natural enemies and indigenous species.

Coursework addresses natural ecosystem functions, management of designed ecosystems, numerical methods, environmental policy, land use planning, environmental law, and economics.

Graduates find employment with private-sector firms in the production of food, fiber, ornamental, and utility products from domesticated systems and have ample opportunity with government advisory and regulatory agencies.

For an overview by Track Chair Marta Gomez-Chiarri, click here.

Core courses (21-25 credits), including:

  • Natural Sciences (12-16 credits)
    • Natural Ecosystems (at least 3 credits)
    • Managed Ecosystems (at least 3 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
Elective courses (6-10 credits)
Independent study (3 credits: EVS 598)
Graduate seminar (2 credits)
Track Chair

Marta Gomez-Chiarri
Dept. of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
169 CBLS
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI02881
Tel. (401) 874 2917
E-mail: gomezchi@uri.edu