At the BardCEP, we believe that solutions to contemporary environmental challenges such as climate change should be tackled from an integrated perspective. Our students are given rigorous scientific, economic, and political training, and they enter the professional world equipped with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to create thoughtful 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.