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
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.
|Principles of ESP||Natural Science and Policy||Social Science and Policy||Capstone|
|Fall 2018||FW 868: Water Policy and Management|
|Spring 2018||ESP 800: Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy||ESP 804: Environmental Applications and Analysis|
|Alternatives||Waiver Form||Waiver Form||Application for Capstone Experience Project|