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Environmental Planning and Development

Environmental Planning and Development

B.S. Degree

The Environmental Planning and Development Program (EPD) prepares graduates for a fulfilling career and for graduate study in the broad field of sustainable development. EPD uses a multidisciplinary systems approach for teaching students to think critically and creatively within a liberal arts tradition. EPD students and graduates will be expected to communicate effectively; understand the need for transparent, data-driven decision-making; appreciate aesthetics and the creativity of the design process; and understand the importance of including a diversity of perspectives for effective planning. In order to tailor the program of study to specific career aspirations, students choose one of five available areas of concentration: Business and Economics, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Social Work, Arts and Humanities, or an individualized set of professional electives approved by the program coordinator. The set of electives should be coherent and clearly reflect specific career goals.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   ESC 110 Introduction to Environmental Science
   NSM 499 Internship

    Required Liberal Arts Core Courses (12 hours)

       ENG 211 Literature and the Environment 3
       ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
       PHI 211 Ethics
    3
       ART 102 3-Dimensional Design 3

    Degree Specific Requirements (10 hours)

       ESC 110* Introduction to Environmental Science 4
       PSC 202 State and Local Government or PSC 203 International Relations 3
       SOC 101* General Sociology 3
       (*Strongly recommend taking ESC 110 and SOC 101 in the Appalachian Cluster)  

      Required EPD Courses (21 hours)

         EPD 201 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Development I 3
         EPD 202 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Development II 4
         EPD 397 Junior Seminar I 1
         EPD 398 Junior Seminar II
      1
         NSM 499 Internship 3
         EPD 410 Integrated Planning 3
         EPD 498 Senior Project 6

      Required non-EPD Courses (23 hours)

         MTH 206 Statistics (prerequisites: MTH 103, 107 or 111) 3
         SOC 203 Sociology of U.S. Cultural Diversity 3
         GEO 220 Physical Geography 4
         GEO 221 Geographic Information Systems 4
         ECO 315 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
         ESC 310 Environmental Planning and Assessment 3
         PSC 402 Policy Analysis 3

      Required Professional Electives for Emphasis Areas    12
      (Choose 12 hours from one of the following emphasis areas; at least 9 hours must be at the 300-400 level.) 

      A.  Business and Economics:

         BUS 303 Principles of Management 3
         BUS 315 Business Law 3
         BUS 420 International Business 3
         ECO 330 International Trade 3
         ECO 405 Government and Business 3
         ECO 430 Development Economics 3

       B.  Environmental Studies:

         ESC 211 Fundamentals of Ecology 4
         ESC 302 Conservation Biology (WI) 3
         ESC 313 Natural Resource Management 3
         ESC 405 Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management 5
         ESC 413 Forest Science and Management 5
         ESC 421 Pollution Science 4
         ESC 424 Environmental Toxicology 3
       

        C.  Political Science:

           PSC 302 Political Geography 3
           PSC 306 Politics and Human Rights 3
           PSC 310 Politics and Political Parties 3
           PSC 324 US Constitution and Judicial Processes 3
           PSC 420 US National Security Policy 3
           PSC 435 Political Economy of Development 3
           PSC 440 International Law and Organization 3

        D.  Sociology and Social Work:

           SOC 202 Social Problems 3
           SOC 207 Sociology of Sex and Gender Roles 3
           SOC 310 Social Class and Inequality 3
           SOC 330 Organization and Behavior 3
           SWK 320 Social Welfare: History, Philosophy and Current Policies 3
           SWK 321 Social Welfare Policy: Analysis, Formulation and Implementation 3
           SWK 330 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3

          E.  Arts & Humanities:

            ART 217 Black and White Photography   
            ART 318 Introduction to Sculpture   
            THA 203 Video Production Workshop   
            ENG 202 World Literature II   
            ENG 205 American Literature I or ENG 345 American Literature, 1815-1865   
            ENG 206 American Literature II or ENG 346 American Literature, 1865-1940   
            ENG 310 Media Issues   
            ENG 311 News Writing and Editing   
            ENG 338 Rhetoric   
            ENG 350 Appalachian Literature (WI)   
            ENG 433 Small Group Communication   
            ENG 461 Professional Writing (WI)   
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            Total Hours Required in Major        56