CSP Courses

CSP Courses
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Amy Faust '07

Consultant, Environmental Planning, UK Department for International Development/World Bank, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Amy Faust

"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." 

Academic Calendar 2013–2014

  • August 23–25, 2013 Math and Science Refresher
  • August 26–30, 2013 Orientation and Workshops
  • September 2, 2013 Fall Semester Classes Begin
  • October 12–15, 2013 Fall Break
  • November 25–29, 2013 Fall Reading Week
  • December 16–19, 2013 Exams
  • January 13–24, 2014 January term
  • February 3, 2014 Spring Semester Classes Begin
  • March 24–28, 2014 Spring Reading Week
  • May 19–23, 2014 Exams and Master’s Presentations
  • May 24, 2014 Commencement

Climate Science and Policy Curriculum

The climate degree covers the interplay between climate systems, ecosystems, and agricultural systems on the one hand and solutions on the other, training future policy leaders to guide efforts in greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation. The first-year curriculum focuses on climate science, energy consumption, and the agriculture and ecosystem linkages to climate. It connects core scientific principles to socioeconomic impacts, infrastructure investment, and political and legislative responses to global climate change. Students are taught the basic concepts of environmental and natural resource economics, environmental policy, and detailed analyses of U.S. and international climate law and policy. Key topics covered in the first year include: climate science, climate impacts on ecosystems and agriculture, energy systems, clean energy solutions, carbon markets and incentive programs, regional climate adaptation and mitigation, international and U.S. climate policy.

First Year Courses (descriptions below)

First Semester
Climate Science 
Natural Resource Economics
Climate and Agroecosystems
Climate Policy 
Tools of Analysis: Statistics and Econometrics
Second Semester
J-Term Elective
The Science of Energy Solutions
Environmental Economics
Climate Change and Water
The Politics of Solutions
Tools of Analysis: Geographic Information Systems

Final Year Courses

First Semester
Master's Thesis Proposal
Second Semester
Communication Strategies
Capstone Seminar
Master's Thesis Seminar

Part-time Option

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First Year Course Descriptions 

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  • Climate Change and Water
  • Climate Science
  • The Science of Energy Solutions
  • Climate Policy and the Politics of Solutions 
  • Climate and Agroecology
  • Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Economics
  • Tools of Analysis 
  • J-Term Elective