Required Coursework

The Core Curriculum
The classes that comprise the core curriculum prepare students to analyze and understand the formulation and management of public policy. Students learn about organizational analysis, budgeting, and financial analysis and reporting, probability theory, applied regression analysis, and applied microeconomics. The program emphasizes a hands-on approach so that students may acquire the analytic, communication, and work skills required to be problem-solving sustainability professionals. These skills include memo writing, presentations, team management, and financial analysis.

The Environmental Science and Earth Systems Concentration
In the Environmental Science and Earth Systems concentration, students learn the fundamental science of earth systems and conservation biology, including their human dimensions. They examine how science is used in the human management of ecosystems. The lessons from the research conducted at Columbia and regional case studies provide the subject matter that students use to explore how people can better approach environmental problems.

Curriculum and Course Schedule

All courses are three credit points unless otherwise noted.

Summer Term (19 points)

ENVP U6111 Principles of Ecology (2 points)
ENVP U6112 Urban Ecology (2 points)
ENVP U6115 Climatology (2 points)
ENVP U6116 Hydrology (2 points)
ENVP U6220 Environmental Chemistry (2 points)
ENVP U6221 Risk Assessment and Environmental Toxicology (2 points)
ENVP U6241 Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy, and Management
ENVP U6246 Analytics In Environmental Science and Policy (1 point)
ENVP U9229 The Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Management I

Fall Term (18 points)

ENVP U6234 Sustainability Management
ENVP U6225 Ethics, Values, and Justice
ENVP U6310 Quantitative Techniques and Systems Analysis in Policymaking and Management I
ENVP U8213 Microeconomics and Policy Analysis I
ENVP U9230 The Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Management II
Students must enroll in 3 points of related elective courses

Spring Term (17 points)
ENVP U8201 Financial Management
ENVP U8216 Microeconomics and Policy Analysis II
ENVP U9232 The Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis (5 points)
Students must enroll in 6 points of related elective courses