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Course of Study

Completing the ES&P Master's degree requires completing 12 course units which includes one credit devoted to completing the final M.S. project. The 12 course units include five required core courses, two skills courses, and five elective courses. The core courses provide ES&P graduate students with a common academic foundation. Each of the four core ES&P faculty members teach a core course that all ES&P graduate students must take. The five elective courses allow students flexibility to take courses that will best help them meet their professional and academic objectives.

We encourage students to take advantage of the diversity of courses offered throughout Clark University, and consider enrolling in courses offered in the other programs in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, and in other departments (particularly geography, economics and biology) as approved by the student's faculty advisor.

I. Required Core Courses (5)

The ES&P required courses include four core courses plus one required unit devoted to facilitating the completion of the final M.S. project. The core courses provide ES&P graduate students with a common academic foundation. The required courses are taught by the core ES&P faculty.

1. IDCE 363 Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy — A survey of methods that are currently used to aid environmental decision makers.

2. IDCE 382 Environmental Pollution Policy: A U.S. Perspective — Studies of approaches to regulating hazardous chemicals in air, water, and food.

3. IDCE 30205 Climate Change, Energy, and Development — Explores the challenges associated with climate change, energy and development from multiple perspectives, disciplines and scales.

4. IDCE 30287 Fundamentals of Environmental Science — Covers the key scientific and technical topics and emphasizes quantitative skills of problem-solving.

5. IDCE 30213 Final Master's Project — All ES&P Master's students are required to register for one full unit of this course to facilitate completion of their final M.S. project. This course is taken with the student's M.S. final project faculty mentor. Students have the option of registering for 0.5 credits for two semesters or 1.0 credit in one semester. This course is pass/fail, the grade designation for this credit will not be given until the student has completed and submitted their final M.S. project.

II. ES&P Skills Courses (a sampling, 2 required)

Note: This list is a sampling of skills courses, but students may request approval from their faculty advisor for other courses to be considered “skills” courses.

• IDCE 30218 Community Development Decision Making and Negotiations
• IDCE 30220 Advanced Remote Sensing
• IDCE 30225 Grant Writing for Community Developers
• IDCE 305 Qualitative Research Methods: Skills and Application
• IDCE 390 Intro to GIS
• IDCE 324 Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
• IDCE 332 Sustainable Development Assessment and Planning
• IDCE 334 Planning and Zoning for Community Developers
• IDCE 349 Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis
• IDCE 366 Principles of Negotiation and Mediation
• IDCE 367 Quantitative Environmental Modeling
• IDCE 388 Advanced Vector GIS
• IDCE 396 Advanced Raster GIS

III. ES&P Elective Courses (a sampling, 5 required)

Elective courses provide students the flexibility of designing much of their coursework to suit their own needs and to provide depth in a chosen area of focus. Students may take courses offered by the other three graduate programs in IDCE (International Development and Social Change, Community Development and Planning, and/or Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment) or in other departments, as approved by their Environmental Science & Policy faculty advisor.

• CHEM 142 Environmental Chemistry
• ECON 157 The Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
• EN 341 Environmental Toxicology
• IDCE 30240 Community Planning Studio
• IDCE 30245 Natural Resource Management
• IDCE 30252 Green Business Management
• IDCE 30265 Environmental and Social Epidemiology
• IDCE 30269 Capitalism, Nature Development
• IDCE 30270 Environment, Poverty, and Health
• IDCE 30276 Environmental Law
• IDCE 30277 Sustainable Production and Consumption
• IDCE 30287 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
• IDCE 30288 Applied Ecology
• IDCE 355 Global Health: Epidemiological Perspective
• IDCE 380 Urban Ecology

Please view Clark's official Academic Catalog ( for a complete listing of course offerings. Remember that each IDCE program offers flexibility so students can take classes across programs and within other departments at Clark University, including the Graduate School of Geography and the Graduate School of Management.