Professional Science Master's Overview
The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) option in Environmental Sciences
serves the needs of scientists who want to improve their skills in business. The
PSM program is designed to fill a management need for technology-based companies,
governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. The business training
is complemented by advanced science training in pertinent fields such as agriculture,
biology, chemistry, and engineering. The U.S. is on the verge of losing its lead as an innovative and technological leader in the world, because it is not generating an adequate highly-trained workforce. The increasing global population and per capita natural resource usage has predictable outcomes. The Environmental Sciences PSM is part of the solution.
Industry and agencies seek scientists with business skills. The Professional Science Master’s Program fills that need
- More science than an MBA
- More education in professional fields (business, law, communication) than a traditional MS or doctoral program in a scientific discipline
- Closer interaction with potential employers through internships and other experiences than a traditional MS or doctoral program in a scientific discipline
The Environmental Sciences PSM at CSU Chico presently offers three options
- Environmental Biotechnology
- Resource Management
- Sustainable Development and Technology
We are developing new options, and options may be tailored for individual needs.
The curriculum includes multiple educational approaches
- Team projects.
- Business/industry/government internships
- Exposure to cutting-edge research issues
- Student participation in seminars/colloquia for all PSM students
- Writing/communication/project management/negotiation/consensus-building and other workplace assets
- Required final project, often team experience, in which meeting a schedule really matters (in contrast to the open-ended nature of much university research)
The Sloan Foundation is a sponsor of the CSU Systemwide PSM efforts. In 2004, USA Today published an overview article on PSM's. The national PSM Web site and National PSM Association provide excellent PSM information.