More than 50 percent of the people in the world live in urban areas and this number is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades. Some experts say that in 100 years, all of the world’s population will live in cities.
In the United States and around the world, critical issues in the urban environment include planning and designing systems for clean air and water, ensuring equity for the poor, transportation, environmental health, brownfield remediation, community development, physical infrastructure and food security.
Graduates with the Urban Environment concentration may be employed in municipal government, non-government organizations, planning/design firms and academia.
Your capstone project is a culmination of your classroom, research and field experiences in the MES program. Your methods and results are unique to your professional and academic goals. Take a look at abstracts by recent MES students with a concentration in Urban Environment to understand the breadth of capstone topics and formats.
Every student in the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) 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 Urban Environment concentration.
- Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plans on University Campuses (PDF) by Steven Gillard '11
- The Role of Residential Roofs in Philadelphia's Stormwater Retention (PDF) by Antonio Larson '11
Sample Urban Environment concentration courses
In the Urban Environment 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)||
|Urban Studies Program||
|School of Design||
|Wharton School of Business||
|School of Social Policy & Practice||
|Fels Institute of Government||