Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Provisional students who have not fulfilled one or more of the required undergraduate courses for admission must complete one or more of the following prerequisites:

  • 420.301 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Sciences (provisional students may also take a math assessment test to place out of this course)
  • 420.302 Chemistry of Natural Processes

NOTE: Prerequisite courses do NOT count as courses toward the EPC degree.

Students accepted into the EPC program  must complete four core courses:

Students in the program also must complete five elective courses.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project, course 425.800, enables students to apply and synthesize the material learned in other courses, develop expertise on a specific topic related to climate change science or policy, work closely with experts in the field of study, and improve professional writing and presentation skills. In the semester prior to conducting the project, students must identify a project topic and mentor who is both familiar with the chosen topic and willing to guide and oversee the project. The mentor may be a faculty member teaching in the program, a supervisor from the student’s place of work, or any expert with appropriate credentials. Formal proposals must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the project is to be completed. The proposal must be reviewed by the associate program chair prior to enrollment in the course. Permission of Instruction required.

For more information about core and elective courses, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Multi-Year Schedule & Course Schedules

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester, so refer to the Multi-Year Schedule page for more information about course offerings for each semester. The Energy Policy and Climate Course Schedule should be consulted for current classes and times.

Electives should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and should accommodate individual career goals.

Please refer to the Advanced Academic Programs Course Schedule for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors. Courses are open only to students who meet enrollment requirements.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from students who reside in Kansas. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.