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Environmental Policy, Management, and Law (EPML) Program


The core of the EPML program is three required graduate seminars, all taught by full-time core faculty who specialize in environmental affairs. Using case studies, they provide a comprehensive overview of the field, as well as specific analytical skills necessary to better understand how government makes crucial decisions affecting the management of our natural resources and environmental quality. Class size in the three program seminars is limited to 30 students each.

For the MPA program concentration in EPML, students are required to complete two of the three core seminars and to choose three additional courses from a wide array of pre-approved electives offered throughout the University of Colorado system for their additional electives required by the MPA program. A wide array of coursework is available at either the UCD Downtown Campus or Anschutz Medical Campus that can be applied to the concentration. For the Graduate Certificate Program in EPML, students are required to complete five courses within the EPML program.

Students should identify the courses – whether in SPA or elsewhere – they would like to use to round out their program, and to discuss those choices with their academic advisor. Relevant classes can be found in departments such as: Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Communications, Urban Planning, Geography & Environmental Sciences, and Health & Behavioral Sciences.

Core Seminars

  • PUAD 5631 Seminar in Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PUAD 5632 Seminar in Environmental Management
  • PUAD 5633 Seminar in Natural Resource and Environmental Health Law

Pre-Approved Electives (partial list)

  • PUAD 5410 Administrative Law
  • PUAD 5420 Law and Public Policy
  • PUAD 5440 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • PUAD 5625 Local Government Management
  • PUAD 5710 Public Sector Technology
  • PUAD 5650 Disaster and Emergency Management Policies
  • PUAD 5310 Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • PUAD 5320 Public Policy Analysis
  • CVEN 5402 Environmental and Water Quality Modeling
  • CVEN 5393 Water Resources Development and Management
  • CVEN 5401 Intro to Environmental Engineering
  • CVEN 5402 Environmental and Water Quality Modeling
  • CVEN 5480 Hazardous Wastes and Site Remediation
  • CHEM 4700 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 5710 Air Pollution Chemistry
  • CHEM 5720 Atmospheric Sampling and Analysis
  • URPL 6612 Geographic Information Systems for Planners
  • URPL 6649 Environmental Planning I: Ecology
  • URPL 6650 Environmental Planning II: Policy and Law
  • URPL 6651 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • URPL 6653 Natural Resource Management and Planning
  • ENVS 5030 Environmental Geology
  • ENVS 5500 Ecological Risk Assessment
  • ENVS 5730 Air Quality Modeling and Analysis
  • ENVS 6200 Risk Assessment
  • ENVS 6210 Human Health and Environmental Pollution
  • ENVS 6220 Toxicology
  • ENVS 6230 Environmental Epidemiology
  • BIOL 5154 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 5445 Applied Environmental Biology
  • GEOG 5090 Environmental Modeling with GIS
  • GEOG 5265 Sustainability in Resources Management

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