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Environmental Policy

In the Environmental Policy concentration, you will integrate knowledge gained from many disciplines and learn practices that balance environmental results, public interests and the economy. Government officials, business leaders, advocacy groups and academics all benefit from the ability to develop and implement workable environmental policies.

This concentration provides you with the knowledge needed to understand what factors are considered in the development of environmental policies, and offers real-life insights into the challenges of implementing these policies. The courses are taught by instructors with years of experience in environmental policy development and implementation.

Graduates with the Environmental Policy concentration are employed in government, business, non-governmental organizations and academia.

Student research

Every student in the Master of Environmental Studies program creates a research poster designed to showcase their capstone project. The selection of posters listed below is representative of the range of research projects undertaken by recent students in the Environmental Policy concentration.

Sample Environmental Policy concentration courses

In the Environmental Policy concentration, you will choose from a wide variety of courses, from departments and graduate schools across the University. The following list provides some examples of courses that the program has approved for students to take as part of this concentration.

Department of Earth and Environmental Science (MES Home)

  • Innovative Environmental Management Strategies
  • Risk Assessment: Science & Policy Challenges
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Climate Change & Security
  • US Environmental Policy-An Analysis of NEPA
  • Issues in Food and Agricultural Policy
  • The US Water Industry in the 21st Century
  • Current EPA Regulatory Practices and Future Directions
  • Global Water Issues
  • Comparative Environmental Regulation
  • The Politics of Water
  • Policy to Practical in Environmental Management: Water Issues
  • The Historical, Scientific, & Policy Dimensions of “Brownfields”

Wharton School of Business

  • Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • Risk Management
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Management, Law & Policy

School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Energy & Its Impacts
  • Renewable Energy and its Impacts
  • Energy Systems & Policy
  • Climate Policy and Technology

School of Design

  • Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
  • Policy and Design

Fels Institute of Government

  • Policy Development

Penn Law

  • Public International Law
  • Environmental Lawyering
  • International Environmental Law

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