Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (P.S.M.)

Professional Science Master. Major in Interdisciplinary Science and Technology.

The Professional Science Master (P.S.M.) degree is a partnership of the University of Idaho and regional employers, where graduates are immersed in enhanced learning and are faced with real-world learning scenarios. The P.S.M. is a national program with over 165 partner institutions participating in coordination with the National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA).

There are 3 requirements for the P.S.M. degree in Interdisciplinary Science and Technology:

  1. 12 credits of professional skills courses,
  2. 15 credits in the student's emphasis area, and
  3. 3 credits of elective skills courses.
Professional Skills Courses (12 credits)12
At least three of the four skills courses must be taken at the 500 level. Joint-listed courses must be taken at the graduate level. At least two of the skills courses must be designated PSM core courses, which include ENGL 522.
Scientific Communication
Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation
Communication for Science Professionals
Science Synthesis and Communication
Scientific Ethics
Ethics in Science
Environmental Philosophy
Leadership and Innovation
Organizational Leadership
BUS 552
Ethical Leadership and Law in Education
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Managing Projects and Budgets
Enterprise Accounting
Conflict Management
Emphasis
Select one of the following emphasis areas:15
Environmental Contamination
Sustainable Soil and Land Systems
Climate Change
Water Resources
Management of Regulated River Systems
Ecohydrological Science and Management
Precision Nutrition for Animal and Human Health
Sustainable Food and Fiber
Geographic Information Skills, Mapping, and Monitoring
Elective Science Skills (3 credits)3
The elective skills course should complement the student's emphasis area, but does not have to be from within that emphasis area.
Total Hours30

A. Environmental Contamination Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
Pollution Prevention
Environmental Hydrology
Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants
Introduction to Environmental Regulations
Air Quality, Pollution, and Smoke
Principles of Environmental Toxicology
Food Toxicology
Pesticides in the Environment

B. Sustainable Soil and Land Systems Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
Law, Ethics, and the Environment
Pollution Prevention
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Principles of Sustainability
Wetland Restoration
Principles of Environmental Toxicology
Societal Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change
Global Climate Change
Restoration Ecology
Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources

C. Climate Change Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
Northwest Climate and Water Resources Change
Introduction to Bioregional Planning
Watershed Science and Management
Climatology
Biogeography
Land, Resources, and Environment
Societal Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change
Global Climate Change
NRS 510

D. Water Resources Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
BE 552
Environmental Hydrology
Wetland Restoration
Watershed Science and Management
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
Environmental Hydrogeology
NRS 510
NRS 573
Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources

E. Management of Regulated River Systems Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
Engineering Hydrology
Open Channel Hydraulics
Fluid Dynamics
Fluvial Geomorphology and River Mechanics
Riparian Ecology and Management
Large River Fisheries
NRS 510
NRS 573

F. Ecohydrological Science and Management Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
BE 552
Environmental Hydrology
Limnology
Riparian Ecology and Management
Large River Fisheries
Wetland Restoration
Watershed Science and Management
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
Environmental Hydrogeology
NRS 510
NRS 573
Restoration Ecology

G. Precision Nutrition for Animal and Human Health Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
Applied Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts
Biofuels
Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion
Principles of Sustainability
Introduction to Physical Properties of Food
Advanced Food Technology
Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry
Biocomposites
Field Crop Production
Plant Breeding

H. Sustainable Food and Fiber Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
Exploring International Agriculture
Foundations of Extension Education
Principles of Sustainability
Functional Foods and Health
Food Laws
Food Toxicology
Field Crop Production
Plant Breeding
Vegetable Crops
Market Garden Practicum
Pesticides in the Environment
Soil Fertility
Sustainable Food Systems

I. Geographic Information, Skills, Mapping, and Monitoring Emphasis

Select 15 credits from the following electives:
Image Sensors and Systems
Air Quality, Pollution, and Smoke
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
Landscape and Habitat Dynamics
GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management
Introduction to SAS/R Programming
Statistical Ecology

Courses to total 30 credits for this degree