The Master of Science in Environmental Science program at Sitting Bull College prepares graduates as leaders in environmental, wildlife, and natural resource management fields. Students attain education through research, practical application, and the use of modern technology in order to build intellectual capital. The educational process is guided by western science methodologies balanced with traditional Lakota/Dakota cultural values.
The graduate program in Environmental Science (ENS) is an extension and builds off of the college’s current A.S. and B.S. programs. The program description for the B.S. program states that it is designed to provide students with a background sufficient to make them competitive in the workplace for careers in environmental science, natural resource management, wildlife management, and other science-related disciplines. The program will prepare students to conduct scientific research using methodology necessary to attain results that will be used for science-related, managerial decisions. The graduate program will build upon the objectives of the B.S. program by allowing students to gain greater skills in specific areas.
- The student will develop scientific critical thinking skills.
- The student will demonstrate the ability to articulate knowledge of environmental science, methodologies, and policy both in writing and orally.
- The student will synthesize a cogent research thesis inclusive of appropriate statistical analysis.
- The student will demonstrate an understanding of Native Science as it relates to the Lakota/Dakota culture, while maintaining the balance with and the integrity of Western Science.
The Master of Science in Environmental Science program at Sitting Bull College prepares graduates as leaders in environmental, wildlife, and natural resource management fields. Employment in environmental science is available on and near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, other reservation communities, nationwide, and internationally.
Potential employers include: Tribal agencies and entities: Tribal Environmental Protection Department, Tribal Game, Fish, and Parks Department, Tribal Paleontology Department, Tribal EPA/Department of Environmental Regulation, Tribal Water Resources, Tribal Colleges on vrious reservations | State agencies and entities: Departments of Agriculture, Health, Parks and Recreation, Forest Service, Geological Survey, Game and Fish, and various private businesses associated with oil drilling | Federal Government entities: US DOI Bureau of Indian Affairs – Division of Natural Resources, US EPA, US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US National Park Service, USDA ARS, USDA Forest Service, USDA NRCS.