ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Oneonta has received the final approval to begin offering a master of science degree in lake management in the fall semester of 2011.
Offered at the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department and itsBiological Field Station on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, the program will train students for careers as lake managers capable of modifying the character and quality of aquatic resources to meet the needs of water providers, lakesidemunicipalities, and recreational users. It will also prepare them to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, and play on inland lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and the streams tributary to them.
Degree recipients will meet the requirements to apply for certification as Lake Manager by the North American Lake Management Society. The program will include 32 hours of theory and closely aligned field and laboratory experiences as well as a thesis based on research involving the development and implementation of a lake-management plan and the monitoring of short-term responses.
To be admitted to the program, students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree that includes undergraduate courses in the natural sciences, communications, business, government and statistics. The program is expected to draw applicants with a diversity of technical and liberal arts backgrounds.
More information about the new program is available at www.oneonta.edu/gradstudies or from the SUNY Oneonta Office of Graduate Studies at (607) 436-2523.