Students discuss some of the benefits of working with faculty at Bard CEP.
Amy Faust '07
Consultant, Environmental Planning, UK Department for International Development/World Bank, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
"The theoretical and practical training from BCEP was key to my entry into international development. My con-sulting assignments for international financial institutions vary from climate change planning to environmental impact mitigation to urban development in Latin America and East Africa - all have required a holistic approach and a firm grounding in understanding economic, political, technical and community angles to develop sustain-able solutions with government and donor clients."
We believe that solutions to environmental challenges should be tackled from an integrated perspective. Students are given rigorous scientific, economic, and political training, and they enter the professional world equipped with the knowledge and practical experience to create thoughtful, realistic and competent policy.
Innovation and Distinction
The Center’s innovative graduate programs are truly unique and interdisciplinary. Students come from various backgrounds to pursue a master of science degree in either environmental policy or climate science and policy. The emphasis on science-based policy enables students to progress from knowledge of the issues to the formulation of feasible, effective solutions. Distinctive features include a interdisciplinary approach to course work, small classes, one-on-one faculty advising, an extended professional internship, skills-based training, and research opportunities created to fit student interests. The master’s degree curriculum is shaped to reflect the fact that today’s students face an unprecedented leadership challenge, requiring from educators not only sound instruction in science, law, economics, and policy, but also the vision and courage to change the future.
Environmental Policy Curriculum
The graduate program leading to an MS in environmental policy covers nine broad topics in the first year: air and atmosphere; water and fisheries; land, forest, and; soil; biological diversity; energy; agriculture; urban systems; industrial ecology; risks to human health. Courses move progressively through several topics-all concurrently addressing the same environmental theme for roughly a three week period. The curriculum's organization provides the context for the courses and enables students to examine one particular environmental area at a time in an integrated, comprehensive, and realistic manner.
The graduate program leading to an MS in climate science and policy focuses on climate science, specializing in the interactions between climate change, ecosystems, and agriculture. Joint class sessions, field trips, guest lectures, and conferences expose students to the critical issues and practices of climate change science and policy. Policy experts and natural and social scientists have designed the curriculum for students to gain the sophisticated graduate level training in policy solutions demanded by employers today. Graduates gain training critical to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governments as they face the challenges posed by climate change.