Course Descriptions

Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

Course Descriptions

ENV 200A- Analysis of Environmental Management and Policy, 4 units | Fall

Introduction to rational decision making for public policy problems. Modeling natural/human system interactions, data gathering and hypothesis testing. Predicting outcomes of policy options.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Mark Schwartz, Professor for the Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

Instructor: Mark Schwartz

ENV 200B- Environmental Policy Evaluation, 4 units | Winter

Method and practice, philosophical basis, and political role of policy analysis. Reviews basic concepts from economic theory; how and why environmental problems emerge in a market economy; and tools necessary for solving environmental problems.

Same course as ESP/ECL 212B.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Dr. Fran Moore, Associate Professor for the Master of Science in Environmental Policy and ManagementDr. Michael Springborn, Program Chair for the Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

Instructor: Fran Moore; Michael Springborn 

ENV 200C- Environmental Policy Process, 4 units | Spring

Introduction to selected theories of the policy process and applications to the field of environmental policy. Develops critical reading skills, understanding of policy theory, and an ability to apply multiple theories to the same phenomena. 

Same course as ESP/ECL 212A.

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. POL 1, ESP 160, or ESP 161 recommended.

Dr. Gwen Arnold, Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

Instructor: Gwen Arnold 

ENV 201- Environmental Law, 3 units | Fall

Roles of legislatures, agencies, and courts in creating and interpreting law; legal strategies for addressing environmental problems; major environmental statutes; and the relationship between federal and state/local legal authority. 

Prerequisites: None.

Tracy Winsor, UC Davis Instructor in Environmental Law and also the Supervising Deputy for the California Attorney General’s Office

Instructor: Tracy Winsor

ENV 202- Strategies of Environmental Administration and Management, 4 units | Fall

Bureaucracy and public management, organizational theory, analysis of environmental management by US agencies, NGOs, and business. Overview of natural resources management, analyzes the strengths and limitations of different administrative approaches. 

Prerequisites: None.

ENV 203- Environmental Policy Clinic, 4 units | Winter, Spring

Teams of students analyze an environmental policy problem from scientific, legal and economic perspectives. Hands-on learning partnering with rotating clients. The course can be taken twice- once in the winter and once in the spring. 

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

ENV 296- Environmental Policy and Management Practicum, 2-6 units | Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Practicum experience integrating coursework into an applied professional setting. May be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

ENV 297- Professional Development Seminar, 1 unit | Fall, Winter, Spring

A weekly seminar inviting policy and management professionals to come and discuss their challenges and achievements. May be repeated for credit up to six units.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

A more detailed description of the Policy Clinic, Practicum and Professional Development Seminar can be found here.