Environmental Policy Analysis Specialization

For students who seek to understand and employ analytical frameworks that apply to a broad range of environmental issue areas and are critical for strategic environmental policy within organizations that develop, analyze, practice and evaluate environmental and natural resource management.

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    Students specializing in Environmental Policy Analysis frequently seek employment in a range of organizations spanning all areas of environmental management, including government agencies, international development institutions, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and consulting firms.

    Note that a capstone course used to fulfill the MEM capstone requirement cannot also be used toward fulfilling an MEM Specialization requirement; a capstone course taken once cannot be used to fulfill multiple requirements. Learn more about YSE capstone courses by visiting the MEM Capstone page.
     

    Courses

    Core

    Two required courses.

    Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
    ENV 824
    Environmental Law and Policy
    Klee
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Klee  
    ENV 834
    Environmental Economics and Policy
      Kotchen
    Tu,Th 9:00-10:20
      Tentative

    Elective

    Students must take at least one course from each of the following two bins

    Economic and Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis

    Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
    ENV 617
    Real World Environmental Data Science
    Grewal
    Tu 2:30-5:20
             
    ENV 641
    Market-Based Mechanisms for Water Management
    Kruse
    Tu 1:00-3:50
             
    ENV 728
    Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
    Reuning-Scherer
    Tu,Th 2:30-3:50
      Reuning-Scherer  
    ENV 753
    Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
    Gregoire
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Gregoire  
    ENV 758
    Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
      Reuning-Scherer
    Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
      Reuning-Scherer
    ENV 795
    Nature as Capital: Merging Ecological and Economic Models
              Fenichel
    ENV 800
    Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
      Gillingham
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Gillingham
    ENV 802
    Environmental Valuation
            Mendelsohn  
    ECON 132a
    Econometrics and Data Analysis II
           
    ECON 136b
    Econometrics
           
    ECON 545a
    Microeconomics
           
    ECON 558a
    Statistics and Econometrics
           

    Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Governance

    Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
    ENV 619
    Philosophical Environmental Ethics
    Latham
    Tu,Th 11:35-12:50
             
    ENV 622
    Decarbonizing Pathways to Limit Climate Change
      Levin
    Th 4:00-6:50
      Tentative
    ENV 727
    Global Food Challenges
      Wargo
    W 1:00-3:50
      Wargo
    ENV 820
    Land Use Law and Environmental Planning
      Shansky
    M,W 4:00-5:20
      Shansky
    ENV 826
    Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
    Clark
    Tu 2:30-5:20
      Clark
    Tentative
     
    ENV 840
    Climate Change Policy and Perspectives
    Esty
    M,W 2:30-3:50
      Esty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 961
    Environmental Law and Politics: Research and Advanced Topics Seminar
            Wargo
    Tentative
     
    ENV 973
    Capstone on Waste in the Urban Environment: Technology, Policy, and Management
      Miatto
    Tu,Th 2:30-3:50
      Tentative

    Additional Electives

    Two courses.

    Environmental Policy Analysis students should also develop expertise in some specific environmental or natural resource problem or issue (e.g., renewable energy, water resources, environmental health, forest management, biological diversity, climate change, conservation, etc.). Students are encouraged to look at other specializations to develop this two-course sequence (e.g., Energy and the Environment, Ecosystem Conservation and Management, Water Resource Management, and others). The core requirements of other specializations are a natural fit here. Students may also develop the sequence based on their own interests, but should make the case that the two courses are consistent with developing an area of topical concentration. The two-course sequence must be approved by the specialization coordinator prior to the student’s last semester.

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    Faculty Coordinator

    Daniel C. Esty

    Daniel C. Esty

    Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, jointly with Yale Law School; Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy


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