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


ESPP allows students to waive either ESP 801 or 802 if they have a background in that area. However, because ESPP students are required to take at least two courses, those students receiving two waivers will not be approved for a project-based capstone experience and will instead be required to enroll in a capstone course. Details

ESP 801: Physical, Chemical and Biological Processes of the Environment
Fall | M,W,F 12:40- 1:30 p.m. | 273 Giltner Hall
Drs. Daniel Kramer, Wei Liao, Hui Li, Anthony Kendall and Volodymyr Tarabara

ESP801 “Physical, Chemical, and Biological Processes of the Environment” has been redesigned to provide students who have disciplinary training in social sciences with a broad overview of environmental science from the perspective of natural sciences and engineering. ESP 801 includes four modules: Environmental Geosciences, Biology/Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering that are taught by four MSU instructors. An environmental case study, a research proposal or a similar interdisciplinary project serve as a crosscutting theme for the course and a common point of reference for learning in ESP 801 and ESP 802. As a counterpart course to ESP 801, ESP 802 is also structured in a modular fashion but focuses on social aspects of environmental problems. ESP 801 and ESP 802 build a foundation for an integrative experience in the capstone ESP 804 course where students, having taken ESP 801 or ESP 802 or both of these classes, work on team-based projects that span the social/natural science spectrum. The new curriculum design reflects ESPP’s objective of providing an interdisciplinary preparation to a cohort of students from diverse backgrounds pursuing an interest in environmental science and policy.

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

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Get to know Environmental Science and Policy Program doctoral student Sara Tanis and ESP 802 professors Robert Walker and Michael Kaplowitz. Video produced by ESPP newswriter Liz Pacheco.

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