Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Degree Planning Information and Curriculum

The ESP curriculum is composed of three parts as discussed below and presented in the Curriculum Checklist (be sure to use the checklist that matches your matriculation year). To help you plan, we have a four-year planning document for the B.S. in Environmental Science and the B.A. in Environmental Planning & Policy. Finally, there is a five-year ESP Course Rotation List, which is the list of ESP courses tentatively scheduled to be offered over the next five years by semester.

  1. USM Core Curriculum Requirements - students must complete the university's Core Curriculum. As part of the core curriculum, students must also complete 9 credits of Core Electives. We recommend students complete a minor that compliments their degree, which, depending on your major, can include ESP minors such as Environmental Sustainability, Applied Energy, Environmental Policy (for B.S. students and non-majors only), Environmental Science (for B.A. students and non-majors only), or other minors such as Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Nature Tourism, or other minors.
  2. Minor and Certificate requirements.
  3. ESP Common Core Courses - all ESP majors are required to complete the ESP Common Core, which is a mix of courses designed to develop the minimum set of skills in environmental science, environmental policy, and land use planning expected of all environmental professionals.
  4. Degree Specific Courses - these courses are the specialized courses unique to the B.A. and B.S. and include required courses and ESP elective courses (these are specialized electives different from university general electives).

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