2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs

Environmental Policy and Planning Major

Program Curriculum

Degree Core Requirements
UAP 1004Introduction to Careers in Urban Affairs and Planning1
UAP 1024Leadership, Service, and Public Problem Solving3
PSCI 1014Introduction to United States Government and Politics3
STAT 3604Statistics for Social Science3
SPIA 3554Transdisciplinary Problem Solving for Social Issues3
UAP/PSCI 3714The U. S. Policy Process3
UAP/PSCI 3744Public Policy Analysis3
UAP 4754Legal Foundations of Planning3
UAP 4914Seminar in Public and Urban Affairs3
UH 4514Honors SuperStudio1
Major Requirements
UAP 3354Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning3
UAP 3014Urban Policy and Planning3
UAP 3224Policy Implementation3
UAP 4344Law of Critical Environmental Areas3
UAP 4374Land Use and Environment: Planning and Policy3
UAP 4354Interdisciplinary Environmental Problem Solving Studio4
Elective Courses
Select nine hours (at least one from each of the Competency areas):9
Study Abroad
The Washington Semester: Seminar in American Politics and Public Policy
The Washington Semester: Politics, Policy and Administration in A Democracy
Field Work/Practicum
Urban Contention and Mobilization
Community Analytics
Environmental Law
Evolution of the American Landscape
Global Environmental Issues: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
State and Local Government
Urban Politics
Environment and Sustainable Development Economics
Environmental Economics
Social and Cultural Landscapes
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Modeling with Geographic Information Systems
Urban and Regional Analysis
International Development Policy and Planning
Planning of the Urban Infrastructure
Community Renewable Energy Systems
Sustainable Urbanization
Active Transportation for a Healthy, Sustainable Planet
Field Study
Land Analysis and Site Planning
Green Building Systems
Environment & Conservation
Environment and Natural Systems
Introduction to Environmental Data Science
Forest Ecosystems
Forests, Society & Climate
Plants and Greenspaces in Urban Communities
Urban and Community Forestry
Energy and Society
Water, Environment, and Society
Environmental Problems, Population, and Development
Future of Cities
Free Electives
Select as many credits needed to reach 120 credits21
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
ENGL 1105First-Year Writing (Pathway 1f)3
ENGL 1106First-Year Writing (Pathway 1f)3
Select three credits in Pathway 1a3
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
PHIL 1304Morality and Justice3
or PHIL 2304 Global Ethics
Select three additional credits in Pathway 23
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
Select one of the following:6
Principles of Economics
and Principles of Economics
Economics of the Food and Fiber System
and Economics of the Food and Fiber System
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
ENSC 1015
ENSC 1016
Foundations of Environmental Science
and Foundations of Environmental Science
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
MATH 1014Precalculus with Transcendental Functions (Pathway 5f)3
Select three additional credits in Pathway 5f3
Select three credits in Pathway 5a3
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select three credits in Pathway 6a3
Select three credits in Pathway 6d3
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
SPIA 2554Collaborative Policy-Making and Planning3
Total Credits120
  1. Pathways 45 Credit Hours
  2. PUA Degree Core 26 Credit Hours
  3. EPP Major 28 Credit Hours
  4. Free Electives 21 Credit Hours

Total Required for Environmental Policy and Planning Major 120 Credit Hours

Departmental Policies

Hours Requirement

A total of 120 hours is required to graduate with a PUA degree. Fifty-four (54) credit hours are required to complete the Environmental Policy and Planning major (Core and Major Requirements sections).

In-major GPA

All of the courses in sections II and III are included in the in-major GPA calculation. A GPA of 2.0 or above (overall and in-major) is required for graduation.

Satisfactory Progress

To make satisfactory progress within the EPP major, students must complete UAP 1024 Leadership, Service, and Public Problem Solving, PSCI 1014 Introduction to United States Government and Politics, STAT 3604 Statistics for Social Science, and UAP 3354 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning by the end of the semester in which 60 hours have been attempted; and maintain an in-major GPA of 2.0.

Dual Use of Courses

No course can double count within or between SPIA-related majors or minors with the exception of the Core Degree Requirements. In accordance with university guidelines, courses satisfying degree core requirements may not be used to satisfy other areas of a degree (e.g. Pathways).

Intra-SPIA Program Majoring and Minoring

Students may pursue more than one major or minor associated with the School of Public and International Affairs Program. In this case, the policy pertaining to the “Dual Use of Courses” will apply.


Some courses listed on this checksheet have prerequisites. Be sure to consult the University Catalog and/or check with your advisor regarding course planning.

University and Admissions Foreign Language Requirement

2 years of a single foreign, classical, or sign language in high school or complete FL 1105 -FL 1106 (these credits will not count toward the 120 required for graduation).