University General Course Catalog 2019-2020 
    Apr 12, 2021  

Geography (Environmental Policy and Management Specialization), B.S.

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The Geography Department offers a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM). The EPM specialization emphasizes proficiency in analytical and evaluative skills in relation to environmental management. Decision-making regarding future use of renewable and non-renewable resources requires an interdisciplinary approach that engages with the physical, economic, and political processes that govern human interactions with the natural world. The EPM specialization provides students with an understanding of sustainable development and natural hazards and the research methods and policy tools used to understand and allocate the use of natural resources. Students will develop skills in research methods, critical thinking, spatial reasoning, visual design, oral and written communications, and mathematics and statistics. This specialization will strengthen job prospects by emphasizing analytical and evaluative skills that are necessary for employment in a variety of environmental management forums. EPM specialization is recommended for students interested in employment as Natural Resource Specialists, Water Managers, Emergency Management, Public Works Planners, or graduate study in Geography or related disciplines. Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned departmental advisor every semester. Minimum of 21 units are required to fulfill the EPM Specialization. All students are required to have a minor.

Contact Information

Mackay Science 201
(775) 784-6995

Mackay School Advisor: Jennifer O’Neil

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking  at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (26-33 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (4-7 units) - CO2

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (7-8 units) - CO4, CO4L

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

E. Silver Core Fine Arts (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (9 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Geography Electives:

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

The following recommended course can also be used in the Geography Electives:

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Geography Electives:

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (48 units)

A. Geography Core (21 units)

B. Environmental Policy and Management Specialization (21 units)

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

VI. Electives (9-19 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Spring Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

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