Environmental Policy and Management (EM)

EM500: Environmental Foundations and Principles

This course will explore the history of environmentalism and the issues, ethics, and economics surrounding the foundation of current environmental policy and management. Students will assess how environmental and resource issues have influenced economic development and societal growth, and the interdisciplinary connectedness of science, policy, and advocacy in environmental decision making and management. Both local and global ecosystems will be addressed.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

EM504: Applied Research Environmental Policy

In the first of a two-course series in applied research methods related to environmental management and policy, you will be introduced to applied research within the profession, which encourages adoption of the role of a reflective practitioner who seeks to simultaneously understand and change the professional setting. You will examine the history of applied research and the intersection of applied research and experimental research. This study allows you to develop an understanding of the processes and how you can impact your own professional setting by applying research protocols needed to affect changes in environmental policy.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Third to last term

EM520: Environmental Law and Policy

This course examines United States environmental law and policy and its development, implementation, and enforcement. The perspective and impact of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches will be explored as well as their impact on environmental law and policy. Students will discuss the purpose, context, and implications of the most important laws, regulations, and court cases including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The course will examine important constitutional principles in substantive and procedural law as well as significant environmental laws and approaches.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: EM500

EM526: Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students

Writing effectively and accurately is a necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students is designed to prepare you for the demands of academic and professional writing in your coursework, professional career, and for the final capstone/research paper. You will learn to communicate complex and difficult material clearly to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert readers, and write for the kinds of audiences that you will encounter as a professional relying on the words on the page to make meaning. This course will introduce you to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and sentence level. You will gain an understanding of audience and purpose as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. Emphasis is placed on citing and quoting primary materials, organization strategies, as well as grammar, editing, and usage so that you hone and fine-tune your writing skills.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

EM530: Environmental Risk Assessment II

This course explores the basic concepts of risk assessment, processes, and procedural methods to evaluate and critique scientific information. Students will explore the growing importance of the analysis of risk in regulatory decision making. Students learn how to balance the costs and benefits of risk reduction and how to account for the uncertainties in risk estimates. Additionally, students are introduced to terminology and concepts necessary in risk communication.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: EM500

EM602: Comprehensive Exam Capstone

As a final step in the Master of Science in Environmental Policy, students may choose the nonthesis option and successfully complete a comprehensive exam. This comprehensive exam incorporates the program outcomes of the program. This exam is designed to carefully assess a student's overall learning in the program. Successful completion of the exam allows both student and faculty to measure and acknowledge a successful learning experience for the student.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Last Term

EM610: Sustainability - Policy and Practice

This course examines the philosophical and practical principles of green and sustainable design through the exploration of environmental issues, sustainable methods, public policy, and decision making. You will examine the organizational behavioral shifts toward addressing legal compliance and profitability while promoting sustainability. Through analyzing sustainability principles, policies, and programs that encourage and guide current and future initiatives, you will also explore the interconnected components of social, ecological, governmental, economic, and ethical constructs associated with sustainability.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: EM500

EM620: Environmental Project Management

This course examines the key elements of environmental project management. Emphasis is placed on project management organization, planning, and communication strategies and critical factors such as the uncertainty of project scope and the evolving environmental regulatory environment. Students will learn to develop environmental project plans, establish project organization, define management functions, estimate costs, and determine project effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the integrated nature of environmental project management.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: EM500; EM530 highly recommended

EM650: Environmental Policy Analysis

This course focuses on the analysis of environmental policy and approaches to problem solving. Students will study different types of criteria that stakeholders utilize in the policy development process, performance measurements, and assessment of environmental policy and program evaluation.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: EM500 and EM520

EM698: Applied Research

Students experience the art and science of applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical extension of professional practice. Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions. Students will design a research plan for their own applied research project.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: LS504