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EMAP will make you a better environmental steward.


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Meet our current students and alumni!

The Master of Science in Environmental Metrology & Policy (EMAP) at Georgetown University is a highly ranked interdisciplinary graduate program. It focuses on applying best available environmental sciences and metrology to environmental policymaking for bettering the prevention and management of worsening chemical pollutions of environment. The latter are unfortunately being further aggravated by the on-going global warming and climate change and wide-spread environmental injustice as exemplified by the wildfires-aggravated air pollutions and the Louisiana cancer alley, respectively. It is in this broad context of urgent societal needs to address many emerging and evolving challenges in protecting environment that EMAP welcomes students from all walks of life (or any undergraduate bachelor degrees) who aspire to become future leaders in mitigating legacy pollutions and protecting the Planet Earth from being further polluted while asserting environmental justice. Moreover, many will rediscover joyfully their innate ability to master scientific knowledge and skills through learning and researching with EMAP if they have missed it the first time in their earlier life and education.

Through its integrated and processes-focused experiential-learning curriculum and students-enabled inclusive learning culture, the Environmental Metrology & Policy program aims to better equip students with a unique combination of broad fundamental knowledge in both environmental science and metrology and policymaking, working expertise and marketable skills needed to lead the increasingly challenging enterprise of environmental protection. As such, learning and training with EMAP will start a transformation that enables its graduates to carve out impactful careers in leading environmental research and policymaking at all levels of government, industry, and other organizations for chemical pollutions prevention and management in US and world, as showcased by the success stories of its alumni. In other words, EMAP graduates will be well-equipped to channel their passion in environmental protection by contributing effectively to mitigating the existing pollutions that are being aggravated by global warming and climate change, preventing new pollutions and ensuring environmental justice etc. through sound and evidence-based environmental policymaking and implementation. Jointly with the Department of Chemistry at Georgetown University, the Environmental Metrology & Policy Program also offers an EMAP MS–CHEM PhD dual degree program.

Specifically, integrated metrology and policymaking core courses offer students a sequential curriculum structure to pursue a year-long guided hands-on and independent research on contemporary environmental topics concerning chemical pollutions. Students’ working knowledge is further enriched through electives in economics, government, ethics, and environmental data science. Moreover, with access to dedicated state-of-the-art metrology instruments and a 10-week program-funded summer internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or other viable organizations and institutions, the Environmental Metrology & Policy students hone well their technical proficiencies by working with leading scientists and policy makers. 

Leveraging all the Washington, D.C. region has to offer, the Environmental Metrology & Policy Program’s integrated research-oriented professional training combines environmental science and metrology and policymaking to uniquely prepare students for making impactful differences in growing interdisciplinary fields of protecting environment from aggravating chemical pollutions. Students in this highly ranked program of great time flexibility benefit from world-class instructors from Georgetown, NIST and EPA. They will learn from them the environmental science of identifying and quantifying chemical pollutants in environment and assessing their environmental and health risks by combining epidemiological, occupational, clinical, animal, in vivo, in vitro, and in silico data to estimate human and ecological responses to pollutant exposures. They will also become familiar with the current laws that govern environmental protection in the United States and other countries, and when, how, and why these laws were enacted. Consequently, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the complex process by which environmental decisions are made and the efficacy of past decisions through an evaluation of real-world (EPA) cases studies. Furthermore, all lecture courses are scheduled after 4pm on weekdays and lab courses on Saturdays so students can have the option of pursuing the degree while still working full or part time.

“The academic expectation that you are at Georgetown, that you are going to make difference, you are doing something important, that feels really good”, Hannah B. Hidle, class of 2021.

“This program taught me how to be a better scientist and researcher. I am proud to call myself an Environmental Scientist now!”, Ciara Dalton, class of 2021

Both Hannah and Ciara have made a successful transition from a BA in foreign affairs and history respectively to now a research scientist at EPA.

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