Environmental Policy and Planning (EPPL) B.A./B.S.

We as a society depend on and value the environment for basic services such as food production, climate regulation, and recreation.  In turn, societies have a significant impact on the environment, which in turn, can have significant economic and quality of life impacts.  However, environmental problems are often difficult to resolve because they are embedded in a complex mesh of economics, politics, culture, and behavior. In order to address environmental problems in the future, we will need citizens who understand the human dimensions of these issues. The purpose of this new major in Environmental Policy and Planning is to provide students with an opportunity to concentrate on the related social science and policy dimensions of environmental problems.

The major integrates a group of courses to comprise a coherent approach to the study of the human dimensions of environmental problems. The major provides a recognizable, meaningful label to a concentration of courses that are customized by the student, thus making graduates viable as potential employees or candidates for graduate education. The major is managed by the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.

Environmental Policy and Planning is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and a minor within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

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Students will take a common core of courses in anthropology, economics, geographical and sustainability sciences, and political science. Then, students choose between the Planning and Policy tracks. Each track has one course required for all and a selection of courses from which students pick an additional three. The Planning track has courses primarily in geographical and sustainability sciences and in urban and regional planning. The Policy track has courses primarily in political science and geographical and sustainability sciences.

Students who earn a second major in anthropology, geography, political science, or history must complete a minimum of 12 s.h. of course work in the second major that they do not also 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 ANTH), geographical and sustainability sciences (prefix GEOG), or political science (prefix 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.

Students may not use a course to satisfy more than one requirement of the major.

EPPL majors: How to get a minor in Geography

EPPL majors: How to get a minor in Geographical Information Science (GISci)

 

Common Requirements (B.A. and B.S.)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES (B.A. AND B.S.)

All of these:

Requirements for B.S. and B.A.
Course Name Semester Hours
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
GEOG:2013/BUS:2013/URP:2013 Introduction to Sustainability  3 s.h.

One of these:

Requirements for B.S. and B.A.
Course Name Semester Hours
GEOG:1046/ANTH:1046/GWSS:1046 People and the Environment: Technology, Culture, and Social Justice 3 s.h.
ANTH:2261 Human Impacts on the Environment 3 s.h.

One of these:

Requirements for B.S. and B.A.
Course Name Semester Hours
EES:1080/ENVS:1080 Introduction to Environmental Science 3-4 s.h.
EES:1085/ENVS:1085 Fundamentals of Environmental Science 4 s.h.
GEOG:1020 The Global Environment 3 s.h.

INTERMEDIATE COURSES (B.A. AND B.S.)

This course:

Requirements for B.S. and B.A.
Course Name Semester Hours
GEOG:3780/GHS:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3 s.h.

One of these:

Requirements for B.S. and B.A.
Course Name Semester Hours
ANTH:3103 Environment and Culture 3 s.h.
ANTH:4130/RELS:4730 Religion and Environmental Ethics 3 s.h.

One of these:

Requirements for B.S. and B.A.
Course Name Semester Hours
POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 s.h.
POLI:3111 American Public Policy 3 s.h.
GEOG:3400 Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice 3 s.h.
NAIS:3276/RELS:3976 American Indian Environmentalism  3 s.h.

METHODS COURSES (B.A.)

This course:

Requirements for Methods Courses.
Course Name Semester Hours
GEOG:1050 Foundations of GIS 3 s.h.

One of these:

Requirements for Methods Courses.
Course Name Semester Hours
GEOG:1065 Introduction to Spatial Analysis: Patterns and Processes 3 s.h.
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3 s.h.
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4 s.h.
STAT:2010 Statistical Methods and Computing 3 s.h.
STAT:2020 Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences 3 s.h.
STAT:3510 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.

METHODS COURSES (B.S.)

All of these:

Requirements for Methods Courses.
Course Name Semester Hours
GEOG:1050 Foundations of GIS 4 s.h.
GEOG:3520 GIS for Environmental Studies 3 s.h.
STAT:2010 Statistical Methods and Computing  3 s.h.

One of these:.

Course Name Semester Hours
STAT:3120/IGPI:3120 Probability and Statistics  4 s.h.
POLI:3000 Analyzing Political Data 3 s.h.
ANTH:5110 Anthropological Data Analysis  3 s.h.
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods  3 s.h.

 

CAPSTONE COURSE/RESEARCH PROJECT (B.A. and B.S.)

Students complete a capstone course or a research project. Capstone or research project courses are typically taken by studnets during their senior year. Students who choose GEOG:4995 Honors Thesis, POLI:4601 Honors Senior Thesis, or ANTH:4996 Honors Research must make arrangements with a faculty advisor.

One of these: 

Course Name Semester Hours
GEOG:4030 Senior Project Seminar 3 s.h.
GEOG:4995 Honors Thesis arr.
POLI:4601 Honors Senior Thesis  3 s.h.

Or, students may take both of these:

Course Name Semester Hours
ANTH:4995 Honors Research Seminar  2 s.h.
ANTH:4996 Honors Research 2 s.h.

 

Tracks (B.A. and B.S.)

Students choose either the planning track or the policy track and complete their track's required course work.

PLANNING TRACK

The planning track requires 12 s.h. Some of these courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course or seek permission of the instructor.

This course:

Requirements for Planning Track.
Course Name Semester Hours
GOEG:3800 Environmental Economics and Policy 3 s.h.

Three of these:

Requirements for Planning Track.
Course Name Semester Hours
ECON:3640/URP:3134 Regional and Urban Economics 3 s.h.
GEOG:2410 Environment and Development 3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 Water Resources 3 s.h.
GEOG:3210/OEH:3210 Health, Work, and the Environment 3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems 3 s.h.
GEOG:3350 Urban Ecology 3 s.h.
GEOG:3400 Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice 3 s.h.
GEOG:3760/GHS:3760 Hazards and Society 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice 3 s.h.
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290 Native American Foods and Foodways  3 s.h.
URP:3001/GEOG:3920 Planning Livable Cities 3 s.h.
URP:3350/ECON:3750/GEOG:3940 Transportation Economics 3 s.h.

POLICY TRACK

The policy track requires 12 s.h. Some of these courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course.

This course:

Requirements for Policy Track.
Course Name Semester Hours
POLI:2417 Comparative Environmental Policy  3 s.h.

Three of these:

Requirements for Policy Track.
Course Name Semester Hours
ANTH:3237/MUSM:3237 Politics of the Archaeological Past 3 s.h.
ANTH:3240 Cultural Resources Management Archaeology: Practice and Practicalities 3 s.h.
CPH:3400/GEOG:3210 Health, Work, and the Environment 3 s.h.
GEOG:2331 Human Dimensions of Climate 3 s.h.
GEOG:3400 Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice 3 s.h.
GEOG:3750 Environmental Quality: Science, Technology, and Policy 3 s.h.
HIST:3230 American Environmental History 3 s.h.
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290 Native American Foods and Foodways  3 s.h.
POLI:3100 American State Politics 3 s.h.
POLI:3102 The U.S. Congress 3 s.h.
POLI:3110 Local Politics 3 s.h.
POLI:3111 American Public Policy 3 s.h.
POLI:3117 Bureaucratic Politics and Public Administration  3 s.h.
POLI:3118 Interest Groups 3 s.h.
POLI:3122 Public Choice 3 s.h.
POLI:3123 State Politics in Iowa (section EXW) 3 s.h.
POLI:3126 Environmental Policy 3 s.h.
POLI:3204/SOC:3525 Public Opinion 3 s.h.
POLI:3424 Global Development 3 s.h.
POLI:3408 Chinese Politics and Society 3 s.h.

The course POLI:3125 Perspectives on Contemporary Iowa must be taken concurrently with POLI:3124 Political Science Des Moines Internship Program. Credit from POLI:3124 does not count toward the major.

Courses may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. * For the policy electives, the course POLI:3125 Perspectives on Contemporary Iowa must be taken concurrently with POLI:3124 Political Science Des Moines Internship Program. Credit from POLI:3124 does not count toward the major

Majors in Environmental Policy & Planning may minor in Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, or Geographic Information Science (among others); no more than 6 sh can count toward both the major and the minor.