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    Dec 08, 2023  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Policy Minor

The Department of Political Science houses a program designed to give graduate students an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary specialization in environmental policy.

The program is designed to give master’s and doctoral level graduate students an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary specialization in environmental policy. While administered through the Political Science Department, the program is coordinated by a committee of representatives from the following participating departments and programs – Agricultural Economics; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Economics; Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries; Geography; Management; Political Science; and Sociology.

Students may request admission to the minor following admission to a graduate program in one of the participating departments. Students in good standing in one of these programs may apply for admission to the minor in environmental policy. The coordinating committee will consider the admission of interested students. Applicants should have a background in both natural and social sciences evidenced by prior course work or experience.


One course in environmental studies from the student’s major discipline and one course in quantitative methods are required. These requirements may be fulfilled before or after admission to the minor. All students admitted to the minor will be required to register for POLS 549  and to complete the following courses.

  • A choice of EEB 421  or EEB 484  or another Ecology and Evolutionary Biology course with the consent of the program coordinating committee or GEOG 433  or approved equivalent as determined by the program coordinating committee.
  • 6 hours of course work outside the major discipline approved by the coordinating committee.

Doctoral students seeking a minor in environmental policy must also complete, in addition to above, a policy-relevant dissertation approved by the coordinating committee.