Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
RESECON 262 - Environmental Economics: Economic analysis of environmental problems focusing on air, water, and land pollution. Emphasis is on analyzing the individual incentives that lead to pollution, the valuation of environmental quality amenities, and the design and evaluation of regulations that seek to improve environmental quality. Includes the economic analysis of global climate change.
LANDARCH 494I - Landscape Planning and the Cultural Landscape: Landscape planning crosses scales from regional to site specific, taking a real world problem to creative sustainable solutions. An introduction to design research methods, inventory and assessment models and techniques for policy planning, regional scale design proposals, and site selection for particular development types. Implementation of a greenway solution.
SUSTCOMM 205 - Dynamics of Human Habitation: How the built environment is shaped by humans. The forces that go into developing human settlements, how these environments change, how different groups experience the environment, and how environmental designers work within this context.
LANDARCH 397B - Studio VI: Recreation and Open Space Design: Recreation and open space -- a systematic view of open space networks. Concepts of public, semi-public, and private spaces. Methods of site analysis and programming activities emphasized.
POLISCI 280 - Public Policy: Focus on how public policies are made in the U.S., including the role of citizens, interest groups, and government institutions. Emphasis on the processes by which policies are made in various institutions, including the Presidency, Congress, bureaucracy, and courts. Examples cover numerous public policies, such as campaign finance reform, foreign policy, and the environment.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- studio design
- written and graphic communication
- plant pathology