Environmental Science Master’s Program


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.

Program Outcomes (Goals)

  1. The student will develop scientific critical thinking skills.
  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to articulate knowledge of environmental science, methodologies, and policy both verbally and orally.
  3. The student will synthesize a cogent research thesis inclusive of appropriate statistical analysis.
  4. 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.


Masters of Science – Environmental Science

Degree Plan

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.

ENS 500 Graduate Research Seminar 2 cr.
ENS 511 Advanced Experimental Design 3 cr.
ENS 515 Advanced Statistics 3 cr.
ENS 520 Advanced Techniques in GIS 3 cr.
ENS 542 Environmental Policy & Resource Management 3 cr.
ENS 545 Applying Dakota/Ochethi Sakowin Culture to Environmental Science 3 cr.
ENS 550 Conservation Biology 3 cr.
ENS 600 Research and Thesis 6-9 cr.
Total Core Requirements 26-29 cr.

ENS 522 Advanced Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing 3 cr.
ENS 530 Limnology 3 cr.
ENS 532 Watershed Analysis 3 cr.
ENS 552 Avian Ecology 3 cr.
ENS 554 Grassland Ecology 3 cr.
ENS 556 Ecology of Invasive Species 3 cr.
ENS 558 Restoration Ecology 3 cr.
ENS 560 Advanced Water and Soil Biogeochemistry 3 cr.
ENS 562 Microbial Ecology 3 cr.
ENS 570 Climate Change 3 cr. ENS 572 Environmental Water Quality 3 cr.
ENS 580 Advanced Water Sampling Techniques 3 cr.
Total Specialization/Emphasis Requirements  12+ cr.


Admissions Info & Application

Admission Requirement Check Sheet
Admissions Requirements for the Master ENS at SBC
Graduate Admissions Application

Graduate Admission Requirements and Costs


Daniel Buresh,  Ph.D.
Oregon State University
B.S. Oregon State University
A.A. Sitting Bull College

Gary Halvorson, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
M.S. Oregon State University
B.A. St. Olaf College

Mafany Ndiva Mongoh,  Ph.D.
North Dakota State University
M.S. North Dakota State University
B.S. University of Buea

Francis Ndar Onduso, Ph.D
University of Arkansas

Renae Schmitt, MS (Ph.D. ABD)