VISION - In the 21st century, environmental professionals need both interdisciplinary breadth and disciplinary depth. This is the model that some have called the T-shaped graduate. Disciplinary depth is the pillar of the T that provides command of specialized literature and the meticulous skills required to conduct sound research. Interdisciplinary breadth is the crossbar of the T, providing language and conceptual frameworks that allow communication across different fields of knowledge. Together, these develop experts who understand the context of their research and can work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
PROGRAM - Doctoral students pursue a Ph.D. in one of ESPP's partner doctoral programs. In addition, they complete the coursework and other requirements for the Dual Major in Environmental Science and Policy. The Dual Major provides students with knowledge about the diverse disciplines brought to bear on contemporary environmental problems. It is designed to provide an understanding of how various disciplines conceptualize environmental issues and how scientific information can be utilized in environmental decision-making and in creating environmental policy.
ESPP courses are open to all MSU graduate students, not only those enrolled in the dual major.
APPLICATION PACKAGE - To apply, you should forward to ESPP the following materials:
Requirements for the Dual Major in Environmental Science and Policy
1. All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 with no more than
one course’s grade below 3.0 in courses used in fulfillment of the requirements for the
dual major (12 credits):
2. Twenty-four credits in Doctoral Dissertation Research (course number 999) from the student's departmental major.
3. Pass a comprehensive examination that will be defined by the requirements of the student's major department and that will include a written examination in which the student demonstrates a knowledge of environmental science and policy as determined by the guidance committee.
4. Submit a dissertation that, in the judgment of the student’s guidance committee, represents the integration of environmental science and policy and the student’s departmental major.
|Principles of ESP||Natural Science and Policy||Social Science and Policy||Capstone|
|Fall 2018||FW 868: Water Policy and Management|
|Spring 2018||ESP 800: Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy||ESP 804: Environmental Applications and Analysis|
|Alternatives||Waiver Form||Waiver Form||Application for Capstone Experience Project|