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Department of Public & Environmental Affairs

Environmental Policy and Planning

Designing an Academic Plan: Sequence of Courses and General Education Requirements

The faculty members in Public and Environmental Affairs have given much thought to what we expect our majors in Environmental Policy and Planning to learn to serve them well in their future careers. We are including a copy of those “learning outcomes” here so that you know in general what our expectations are. Each of the learning outcomes below indicates which courses in the curriculum are particularly appropriate for that objective.

As part of our annual effort to assess how well our majors are doing in meeting these expectations, we will evaluate at least one written assignment in each of our core courses using these criteria. We will also send a questionnaire to graduating senior majors to ask them how well they believe the program helped them to meet the same objectives.

Recommended Academic Plan (using a sample of a possible electives), or download the pdf version:

Freshman Year

Fall POL SCI-101 American Government and Politics
ENV SCI-102 Introduction to Environmental Science
General education courses
Spring PU EN AF - 202 Introduction to Public Policy
General education and electives

Sophomore Year

Fall COMM SCI-205 Social Science Statistics
PU EN AF-215 Introduction to Public Administration
ENV SCI- Environmental Science elective
ECON-203 Micro Economic Analysis
Spring COMM SCI-301 Foundations for Social Research
ENV SCI- Environmental Science elective
PU EN AF-301 Environmental Politics and Policy
PU EN AF- Emphasis courses and electives
Remaining general education courses

Junior Year

Fall ENV SCI- Environmental Science elective
PU EN AF-378 Environmental Law
PU EN AF- Emphasis courses and electives
Spring PU EN AF-322 Environmental Planning
PU EN AF- Emphasis courses and electives

Senior Year

Fall Emphasis courses and electives
Spring Emphasis courses and electives