Environmental Policy (Certificate)
Develop the strategies needed to address the major environmental issues of our time as you gain insight to legal challenges, renewable and sustainable energy efforts, and public policy. In this certificate program, you’ll conduct credible policy analysis, learn to make sustainable decisions, and deliver visionary ideas for future success.
- Formulate and assess public environmental policy
- Evaluate the effectiveness of domestic and global policies
- Develop and express a personal philosophy relative to the environment
Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management.
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/epm.html
The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Environmental Policy requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- EPM 4150 - Global Env Law & Policy
- EPM 4232 - Sustainability: Policy & Practice
- EPM 4390 - Environmental Policy Analysis
- EPM 4400 - Environmental Values & Ethics
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Environmental Policy And Management programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Environmental Policy And Management programs include:
- EPM 4002 - Integrated Environmental Systems
- EPM 4108 - Impacts of Recreational Use
- EPM 4140 - NEPA
- EPM 4355 - ISO 14001 Standards
- EPM 4980 - Internship
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Careers in Environmental Policy Certificate
Environmental Planner, Public Policy Analyst, Environmental Specialist, Compliance Officer, Environmental Policy Analyst, Policy Manager, Project Manager
Research, analysis, content management, coordination, technical support, laboratory work, writing, policymaking, collaboration.
Jobs for environmental policy professionals are predicted to rise, but expect companies or organizations to seek candidates with a well-rounded educational background. Demonstrating an understanding of how other environmental sectors impact your work and research will help you secure a policy job. Increased laws and regulations will in turn create new career opportunities for policymakers, both at a state and federal level.
Careers In Environmental Policy and Management
The future is bright!
Environmental job openings are expected to soar within the next decade, with projections as high as 19% job growth for environmental science positions by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Careers for environmental specialists will likely be found in prosperous, rapidly growing cities and communities-hello, Denver! Clean energy projects are driving the economic recovery in the United States, with green business especially booming in the Southeast. Clean energy projects are popping up across the country, primarily in California, North Carolina, Florida, and Michigan. Start your career search for environmental-focused employment at any level of government, manufacturing companies, emergency services, service industries, or commercial businesses.
Stay ahead of the curve.
The vast majority of employers within the field of environmental science prefer candidates who hold a relevant master's degree, or a bachelor's degree with a certificate. Keep an eye on alternative energies, such as wind and solar energy, plus jobs that focus on efficient energy management. With the world more attuned to green living, the job market will likely focus on improving sustainability and natural resource management. Job creation in the clean energy and clean transportation sectors are booming across the United States, with more than 110,000 new jobs in those sectors created in 2012. Going green never looked better!
Where are they now?
University College alumni who graduated with a master's degree in environmental policy and management hold job titles such as Safety Director, Environmental Education Coordinator, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Watershed Coordinator, Natural Resource Manager, Forester, and Environmental Compliance Engineer in companies and organizations such as Proctor and Gamble, Kinder Morgan, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, and Colorado Conservation Trust.
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