Rad Major ALERT! Environmental Policy and Planning


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B.A. and B.S.: Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Iowa’s Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in environmental policy and planning requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 40-41 s.h. of work for the major. The Bachelor of Science with a major in environmental policy and planning requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 47-48 s.h. of work for the major. Students choose one of two tracks: planning or policy. Credit required for the major depends on the student’s choice of track.

The major in environmental policy and planning concentrates on the social science and policy dimensions of environmental problems, which often are caused by people and may have significant economic effects. Environmental issues are embedded in a complex mesh of economics, politics, culture, and behavior. Planners and policy makers must understand the human dimensions of these factors in order to solve environmental problems.

Environmental policy and planning is an interdisciplinary major that draws courses from geography, anthropology, economics, political science, and other disciplines. Work for the major includes introductory courses, methods courses, intermediate courses, and a track. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in the major. Transfer students must complete at least 21 s.h. of work for the major in residence at The University of Iowa.

All students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Students who earn a second major in anthropology, geography, or political science must complete a minimum of 12 s.h. of course work in the second major that they do not double-count toward the major in environmental policy and planning. The 12 s.h. of courses must be offered by the second major’s administrative home: anthropology [prefix 113 (ANTH)], geography [prefix 044 (GEOG)], or political science [prefix 030 (POLI)]. This requirement applies whether students earn the same degree (B.A. or B.S.) with both majors or earn a B.A. with one major and a B.S. with the other. However,honors students in environmental policy and planning may count their honors thesis credit toward this 12 s.h. requirement.

The major in environmental policy and planning requires the following course work.

The information shared above was created by the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa and can be found on their website at http://clas.uiowa.edu/geography/undergraduate-program/environmental-policy-and-planning-babs

Students who are interested in this RAD MAJOR should consider the Udall Scholarship.  For more information on this funding opportunity, go to http://www.udall.gov/ourprograms/mkuscholarship/mkuscholarship.aspx

 

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