The Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) program at Clark University prepares students for evolving and critical careers at the intersection of environmental science and policy. ES&P continues a long tradition of innovation and creative contributions to environmental challenges – the current program has evolved from one of the first environmental programs in the country to explore relationships between environmental science, technology, and society.
Environmental challenges are complex. ES&P teaches students to use knowledge and methods from both the natural and social sciences, to integrate quantitative and qualitative analytical tools, and to understand the connections among environment, technology, society, and development.
With this program’s course of study, the ES&P student is equipped with skills and perspectives to work with a wide array of stakeholders – communities, industries, governmental agencies, NGOs, researchers, and donors – in ways that are sensitive to cultural, institutional, socio-political, and economic needs.
ES&P students have opportunities to participate in high quality, meaningful research collaborations. They have access to faculty that have experience working with an ethnically and socially diverse student population. ES&P graduates are able to recognize, frame, characterize, and creatively address the many environmental problems facing the world today.
Visit the IDCE Web site at www.clarku.edu/departments/idce/academicsGradESP.cfm to learn more details about the program.
ES&P Course of Study
Completing the ES&P Master’s degree requires completing 12 course units including five required core courses, two skills courses, and five elective courses. The core courses provide ES&P graduate students with a common academic foundation. The core curriculum includes a science foundation course, a science-policy foundation course focusing on pollution, a science-policy foundation course focusing on climate change and energy, a decision-making foundation course, and a course unit devoted to the final Masters project. The two skills courses and the five elective courses allow students flexibility to take courses that will best help them meet their professional and academic objectives. We encourage students to take advantage of the diversity of courses offered throughout IDCE in other departments at Clark University, (particularly geography, economics and biology) and in the Graduate School of Management.
Required Core Courses (5)
The ES&P required courses include four core courses plus one required unit devoted to facilitating the completion of the final Masters project.
- Science Foundation Course: IDCE 30287 - Fundamentals of Environmental Science This course covers key scientific and technical topics with relevance to environmental science and engineering. Quantitative problem-solving skills are emphasized.
- Science-Policy Foundation Course 1: IDCE 382 - U.S. Environmental Pollution Policy This course examines the pollution policy in the United States from three broad perspectives: protection of drinking water, air and food from toxic pollutants.
- Science-Policy Foundation Course 2: IDCE 30205 - Climate Change, Energy and Development This course explores the global, regional, and local challenges associated with climate change, energy, and development from multiple perspectives and disciplines.
- Decision-Making Foundation Course:IDCE 363 - Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy This course provides a survey of methods that are currently used to aid environmental decision makers. Different approaches to decision-making are explored and assessed.
- Final Master’s Project Course: IDCE 30213 - Master’s Final Research Paper
All ES&P Master’s students (except those opting for the Professional Portfolio option) are required to register for one full unit of this course to facilitate completion of their final Masters project. This course is taken with the student’s Masters project faculty mentor. Students have the option of registering for 0.5 credits for two semesters or 1.0 credit in one semester. This course is pass/fail. The grade designation for this credit will not be given until the student has completed and submitted their final Masters project.
ES&P Skills Courses (a sampling, 2 required)
Note: This list is a sampling of skills courses, but students may request approval from their faculty advisor for other courses to be considered “skills” courses.
ES&P Elective Courses (a sampling, 5 required)
Elective courses provide students the flexibility of designing much of their coursework to suit their own needs and to provide depth in a chosen area of focus. Students may take courses offered by the other three graduate programs in IDCE (International Development and Social Change, Community Development and Planning, and/or Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment) or in other departments, as approved by their Environmental Science & Policy faculty advisor.
Please view Clark’s official Academic Catalog (www.clarku.edu/academiccatalog) for a complete listing of course offerings. Remember that each IDCE program offers flexibility so students can take classes across programs and within other departments at Clark University, including the Graduate School of Geography and the Graduate School of Management.
Halina Brown, Ph.D.
Timothy Downs, D.Env. - Coordinator
Robert Goble, Ph.D.
Barbara Goldoftas, Ph.D.
Samuel Ratick, Ph.D.
Charles Agosta, Ph.D.
John Baker, Ph.D.
Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Patrick Derr, Ph.D.
J. Ronald Eastman, Ph.D.
Jody Emel, Ph.D.
Susan Foster, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.
Dale Hattis, Ph.D.
Amy Ickowitz, Ph.D.
Sharon Krefetz, Ph.D.
Todd Livdahl, Ph.D.
Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
James T. Murphy, Ph.D.
Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.
Richard Peet, Ph.D.
Colin Polsky, Ph.D.
Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr, Ph.D.
Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
John Rogan, Ph.D.
Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
Joseph Sarkis, Ph.D.
Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D.
Richard Ford, Ph.D.
Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.
- BIOL 301 - Ecology of Atlantic Shores
- BIOL 316 - Ecology
- EN 123 - Environmental Ethics
- EN 241 - Environmental Toxicology
- GEOG 326 - Who Fears What and Why: Social Theories of Environmental Risks and Hazards
- GEOG 337 - Feminism, Nature and Culture
- GEOG 343 - Seminar in Human Dimensions of Global Change: Impacts and Societal Responses
- GEOG 355 - Agroforestry/Community Forestry/Agro-Ecologies
- GEOG 356 - Utopian Visions, Urban Realities: Planning Cities for the 21st Century
- GEOG 365 - Graduate Seminar in Economic Geography PART II
- GEOG 371 - Groundwater Hydrology and Management
- GEOG 390 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science
- GEOG 393 - Seminar in Social Applications of GIS
- IDCE 300 - Livelihoods Analysis & Social Impact
- IDCE 30185 - Sustainability and the Role of Higher Education
- IDCE 30188 - Qualitative Research Design
- IDCE 30209 - Research Project Development for Environmental Science and Policy
- IDCE 30210 - Comparative Environmental Politics
- IDCE 30212 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- IDCE 30213 - Master’s Final Research Paper
- IDCE 30214 - Landscape Ecology
- IDCE 30217 - Economic Fundamentals for International Development
- IDCE 30220 - Advanced Remote Sensing
- IDCE 30221 - Education and Development
- IDCE 30224 - Participatory Project Evaluation
- IDCE 30225 - Grant Writing for Community Developers
- IDCE 30229 - Program Monitoring and Evaluation
- IDCE 30231 - Humanitarian Assistances in Complex Emergencies/Disasters
- IDCE 30235 - Trafficking: Globalization and Its Illicit Commodities
- IDCE 30238 - Public Communication Seminar
- IDCE 30239 - Microfinance, Gender & Newliberalism
- IDCE 30240 - Community Development Planning Studio
- IDCE 30243 - Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency
- IDCE 30248 - Gender and Health
- IDCE 30261 - Migration and Knowledge-Based Industries
- IDCE 30263 - The Climate System and Global Environmental Change
- IDCE 30266 - Energy & Climate Social Change Research Seminar
- IDCE 30269 - Capitalism, Nature Development
- IDCE 30270 - Environment, Poverty and Health
- IDCE 30271 - NGOs and Advocacy
- IDCE 30274 - Computer Programming for GIS
- IDCE 30275 - Gender in Development Planning
- IDCE 30281 - Community Needs and Resource Analysis
- IDCE 30284 - Transnationalism and Social Networks
- IDCE 30285 - Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
- IDCE 30287 - Fundamentals of Environmental Science
- IDCE 30288 - Applied Ecology
- IDCE 30290 - Participatory Research Methods
- IDCE 30291 - Qualitative Research Methods
- IDCE 30292 - Participatory Development Planning
- IDCE 30293 - Youth and Community Development: Theory, Policy and Practice
- IDCE 30294 - Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Decision Making in Development
- IDCE 30297 - Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World
- IDCE 303 - Youth Work: Practice and Social Justice
- IDCE 304 - International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development
- IDCE 305 - Qualitative Research Methods, Skills and Applications
- IDCE 308 - Comparative Politics of Women
- IDCE 309 - Roots and Routes: Immigrants, Diasporas and Travel
- IDCE 310 - Intro to Geographic Information Systems
- IDCE 320 - Food Production, Environment, and Health
- IDCE 324 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
- IDCE 326 - Social Network Analysis
- IDCE 328 - Economic Development/Lecture, Discussion
- IDCE 332 - Sustainable Development Assessment and Planning
- IDCE 333 - Development Mgmt in Developing Countries
- IDCE 335 - Strategies for Community Organizing
- IDCE 340 - Fundamentals of Youth Work
- IDCE 341 - Nongovernment Organizations: Catalysts for Development
- IDCE 344 - Going Local: Community Development and Planning
- IDCE 346 - Practicum in Community Development and Planning
- IDCE 352 - Conflict in Sudan and the Horn of Africa
- IDCE 358 - Advanced Topics in ID: International Feminist Thinking
- IDCE 360 - Development Theory
- IDCE 361 - Development Program and Project Management
- IDCE 363 - Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy
- IDCE 364 - Educational Policy Issues in “Developing” Countries: Governance, Management, and Financing
- IDCE 366 - Principles of Negotiation and Mediation: An Overview of Conflict Resolution Approaches
- IDCE 369 - Religion, Identity and Violence in a Globalizing World
- IDCE 375 - States of Violence: Culture, Trauma, and Identity in Asia
- IDCE 376 - Spatial Database Development
- IDCE 378 - The Creation of Nationalism, Nationalist Cultures and Symbols
- IDCE 379 - 20th-Century Latin America
- IDCE 380 - Urban Ecology: Cities as Ecosystems
- IDCE 382 - U.S. Environmental Pollution Policy
- IDCE 386 - Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
- IDCE 388 - Advanced Vector GIS
- IDCE 390 - CDP Research Seminar
- IDCE 391 - GISDE Professional Seminar
- IDCE 392 - GIS & Accuracy Assessment
- IDCE 396 - Advanced Topics in GIS
- IDCE 397 - Master’s Thesis
- IDCE 398 - Internship
Local Partnerships: Putting Theory into Action
The collaborative research projects of IDCE graduate students and faculty reflect their interdisciplinary approach to issues of environment and development. Many projects build upon partnerships between IDCE and community or governmental organizations around the United States and the globe, including in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Somalia, Ghana, India and Senegal.
Locally, environmental and community groups often invite IDCE to undertake key community building projects, as well as data gathering and analysis. This allows IDCE faculty and students to put theory into practice right in the neighborhood. By helping to facilitate participatory sessions and building collaborations, students see Worcester neighbors taking action, setting priorities, and maximizing into their human capital and governmental resources. Students hone their analytical skills through GIS mapping of land parcels for development or preservation and through monitoring water quality.