ESPP courses are open to all MSU graduate students, not only those enrolled in the dual major.


Offered: Spring (annual)
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
273 Giltner Hall
Dr. Wei Zhang (
and Dr. Adam Zwickle (


This team-taught course provides a broad overview of scholarship areas and key research questions in the intersection of environmental science and policy. It explores the core concepts and research methods of multiple disciplines involved in policy-relevant environmental research with readings and presentations from scholars from MSU and visiting institutions. Students will learn basic concepts of interdisciplinary research, and develop a basic understanding of typical research methods and analytical techniques that will facilitate effective communication with members of different disciplines. A series of interdisciplinary MSU research teams visit the course over the semester to discuss their research and address topics related to facilitating interdisciplinary teamwork and translation of science into policy. Research team speakers for 2016 included: Jinhua Zhao, Joan Rose, Steve Chester, Julie Winkler, Bruno Takahashi, Joe Herriges, Paul Thompson, Brian Teppen, Patricia Norris, and Meredith Gore.

Course Chart

ESPP Course Chart 2018-2019
  Principles of ESP Natural Science and Policy Social Science and Policy Capstone
Fall 2018  

ESP 801: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Processes of the Environment

  FW 868: Water Policy and Management
Spring 2018 ESP 800: Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy  

ESP 802: Human Systems and the Environment

ESP 804: Environmental Applications and Analysis
Alternatives   Waiver Form Waiver Form Application for Capstone Experience Project

View previous course charts here:

ESPP Courses 2014-2016

ESPP Courses 2013-2015