Energy and Climate Policy

(15 credit hours) The Energy and Climate Policy concentration prepares students to contribute in the areas of energy generation, use and impact, focus on energy policies, behaviors, and technologies and their socioeconomic and environmental consequences. MPA students will focus primarily on economics-based quantitative methods, behavioral science contributions to energy production and conservation projects, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods in community settings. Students may not use MPA core courses to fulfill concentration requirements.

Required Courses (6 credit hours)
SPEA-E 574 Energy Systems in Transition  (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 674 Energy Economics and Policy (3 cr.)

Electives (9 credit hours)

In consultation with a concentration advisor, students select a mixture of science and policy courses related to energy in accordance to professional goals. Students must take a total of three electives courses from the Natural Science (Group I) and Economics, Public Policy, and Law (Group II) electives listed below. At least one course must be taken from each of the following groups.

Group I - Natural Science Electives (Choose one or two of the following courses)

SPEA-E 503 Natural Gas: Technical and Policy Challenges (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 515 Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 518 Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 529 Application of Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 536 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 591 Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 515 Renewable and Nuclear Energy and Climate Change  (3 cr.)
EAS-G 571 Principles of Petroleum Geology (3 cr.)
EAS-G 576 Climate Change Science (3 cr.)
EAS-G 587 Organic Geochemistry (3 cr.)
GEOG-G 532 Physical Climatology (3 cr.)
GEOG-G 544 Climate Change Impacts (3 cr.)

Group II - Economics, Public Policy and Law-Related Electives (choose one or two of the following courses)

SPEA-X 511/SPEA-E 501 Human Behavior and Energy Consumption (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 541 Benefit Cost Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 512/LAW-L 660 Energy and Climate: Law and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 532 Water Policy and Economics (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 533/LAW-B 675 Public Natural Resources Law (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 535 International Environmental Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 564 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Design and Implementation (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 590 Energy Policy from a Nation-State Perspective (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 625 Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 626 Energy Policy Seminar (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 643 Natural Resource Management and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 645 Environmental Law (3 cr.)
SPEA-S 516 Preparing for Climate Change and Resilient Urban Communities (3 cr.)
SPEA-S 596 Sustainable Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550/LAW-L 644 Energy Law and Policy (3 cr.)
INTL-I 525 International Climate Governance (3 cr.)
MSCH-T 602 Communicating Climate Change (3 cr.)

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