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.
EPAP Major Requirements
EPAP Minor Requirements
Sample 2-Year Study Plan (new )
Study Plan (new )
EPAP Major Requirements
2-Year Study Plan (old)
We have recently revised the EPAP
curriculum to reflect the changing needs in
environmental policy education. We have 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 a new GIS
requirement and a new capstone class in the new major.
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
City & Regional
Planning, Climate Change
Environmental Policy & Politics,
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,
Energy & Transportation Planning,
Environmental Policy &
Planning, and Water
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.
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