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 Environmental Policy Analysis & Planning

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The EPAP curriculum combines a background in the natural sciences with more advanced work in reasoning and analysis through classes such as economics, political science, statistics, law, and ethical reasoning. Many of the upper division courses use individual projects and analytical papers to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Students will choose an area of specialization that allows them to gain additional knowledge and skills in a particular policy field and provide a focus for applying the general knowledge obtained in the core classes.

The typical study path for an EPAP student includes the usual requirements for all science majors consisting of some biology, chemistry, physics and calculus but it certainly emphasizes more social science than the natural sciences. After completing the prepatory work, you'll start the "depth" area of study typically during your sophomore to junior year selecting classes that create a deeper understanding of environmental processes and policies.

Course Curriculum

NEW Requirements

EPAP Major Requirements (new)            EPAP Minor Requirements

       Sample 2-Year Study Plan (new )              Sample 4-Year Study Plan (new )

OLD Requirements

EPAP Major Requirements (old)       Sample 2-Year Study Plan (old)       


We revised the EPAP curriculum in fall 2013 to reflect the changing needs in environmental policy education. We added some new track options (areas of emphasis) to the major – Climate Change Policy, Conservation Management, and Energy & Transportation Policy.  The major tracks allow you to focus on a specific aspect of environmental policy. Students who joined the EPAP major before fall 2013 can follow either the old or the new major requirements. Students entering the major in fall 2013 or later will want to follow the new major requirements. The major difference between the two versions is that we added a new GIS requirement and a new capstone class. The overall number of units required is the same. You can find sample 2-year and 4-year study plans above.


For students starting UC Davis as freshmen, your first two years will be spent working on general education and preparatory courses for the major. For new transfer students and continuing students in your final two years of study, you will want select a track in the major and complete any preparatory work remaining. Ideally you will want to choose a track by the first or second quarter of junior year, which will make planning your courses much easier.

The track options were expanded when we revised the major curriculum in the spring of 2013.  For students joining the EPAP major in fall 2013 or later, the track options are  City & Regional Planning, Climate Change Policy, Conservation Management, Energy & Transportation PlanningEnvironmental Policy & Politics, Integrative Policy, and Water Management. We strongly encourage students to incorporate internships into their study plan.


For students who joined the major before fall 2013, the track options are City & Regional Planning, Climate Change Policy, Conservation Management, Energy Policy, Energy & Transportation Planning, Environmental Policy & Politics, Integrative Policy, Transportation Planning, and Water Management.

  Our graduates have found jobs as urban planners, environmental planner/analysts, planning consultants (urban or environmental), energy economists, energy policy analysts, recycling analysts, hazardous waste management analysts, transportation planners, environmental impact analysts, and water quality analysts.

  This degree is also excellent preparation for graduate school in public policy analysis, city and regional planning, environmental planning, transportation planning, environmental law, political science, resource economics, and public/business administration.

Advising Resources

Master Adviser - Jim Sanchirico (
Spring 2015 office hours: Tuesdays 11-12. Contact Jennifer Carriere ( to set up an appointment.

Student Adviser - Melissa Whaley (
Phone: (530) 752-7183 Office Location: 2134 Wickson Hall
Office Hours: 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Appointments: Monday, Tuesday, Friday - email for an appointment or sign up online
Drop-In: Wednesday, Thursday - no appointment necessary

Peer Adviser - Atley Keller will be holding down the peer advising fort while Kiana Dao participates in the UC Center Sacramento program in spring 2015! Atley is an EPAP senior doing the Water Management track.
Atley can be reached during the regular academic year at
Atley's Spring 2015 office hours: Monday 12-3, Tuesday 10:30-11:50, Thursday 10:30-11:50.