Environmental Policy Analysis

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Purpose and Scope

The challenges of managing natural resources and environmental quality are well-recognized and becoming increasingly important. Issues arise at the site, local, regional, national, and global scales, and decisions often require the balancing of competing interests with different objectives. The methods and applications of environmental policy analysis provide a basis for more informed decision making. The purpose of the Environmental Policy Analysis Specialization is to teach students the skills to apply various methods of policy analysis, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and apply them to better understand the implications of various decision options to manage environmental and natural resource challenges.
The Environmental Policy Analysis specialization will be of interest to MEM students who seek to understand and employ analytical frameworks that apply to a broad range of environmental issue areas and are critical for strategic environmental policy within organizations that develop, analyze, practice and evaluate environmental and natural resource management. Students specializing in Environmental Policy Analysis frequently seek employment in a range of organizations spanning all areas of environmental management, including government agencies, international development institutions, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and consulting firms.

Specialization Coordinator: Matthew Kotchen


Two required courses.
F&ES (New) Environmental Economics and Policy
F&ES 824Environmental Law and Policy


Students must take at least one course from each of the following two bins

Economic and Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis

F&ES 510Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
F&ES 753Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
F&ES 758Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
F&ES 800Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
ECON 132a Econometrics and Data Analysis II
ECON 136b Econometrics
ECON 545a Microeconomics
ECON 558a Statistics and Econometrics

Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Governance

F&ES 727Food: Science, Law & Policy
F&ES 826Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
F&ES 829Global Environmental Governance

Additional Electives

Two courses.

Environmental Policy Analysis students should also develop expertise in some specific environmental or natural resource problem or issue (e.g., renewable energy, water resources, environmental health, forest management, biological diversity, climate change, conservation, etc.). Students are encouraged to look at other specializations to develop this two-course sequence (e.g., Energy and the Environment, Ecosystem Conservation and Management, Water Resource Management, and others). The core requirements of other specializations are a natural fit here. Students may also develop the sequence based on their own interests, but should make the case that the two courses are consistent with developing an area of topical concentration. The two-course sequence must be approved by the specialization coordinator prior to the student’s last semester.
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