The Environmental Systems Analysis and Modeling concentration will provide you with the mathematical and empirical tools necessary to address complex issues marked by interrelated political, environmental, and social aspects. For instance: climate change, which involves physical systems (climate models), economic systems (decisions regarding emissions and emission-reducing technologies), and political systems (governmental decisions to regulate or provide incentives).
Environmental Systems Analysis & Modeling
STUDENTS FOCUSED ON ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM ANALYSIS & MODELING, FALL ‘17
FACULTY: STUDENT RATIO
MPA-MSES PLACEMENT RATE
A strong skill bases
Our signature dual degree program combines rigorous scientific training with one of the nation’s best masters programs in policy and management for a powerful and flexible combination of skills—positioning you at the crucial intersection of science, policy, and society. All dual MPA-MSES students must take the core requirements from both the MPA and the MSES degrees program
Add in-depth knowledge and detail
In addition to your core competencies, you will take three required classes which deliver the fundamental theories a tools of Environmental Systems and Modeling. You will then choose six elective classes, which come from two different areas; Science and Policy & Administration. Please note that two of your six electives must come from the Science Section and two electives from the Policy & Administration. The remaining two can come from either of the two areas.
- Required courses
- Environmental Systems & Modeling (9 credit hours)
- Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
- Data Analysis and Modeling for Public (P 507)
- Management Science for Public Affairs (P 539)
- Personalize your program
- Science Electives (at least 6 credit hours)
- Water Quality Modeling (E 502)
- Fundamentals of Air Pollution (E 515)
- Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
- Application of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
- Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
- Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 554)
- Fluid Mechanics (E 555)
- Organic Pollutants: Environmental Chemistry and Fate (E 564)
- Applied Spatial Statistics (GEOG-G 558)*
*You must work with an adviser when taking courses outside of SPEA.Policy & Administration Electives (at least 6 credit hours)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
- Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
- Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
- Energy Economics and Policy (R 674)
Experiential learning that makes an impact
The SPEA MPA-MSES program offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll benefit from experiential leaning, typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course— a SPEA Capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program, gaining practical career experience before you graduate.
Current and past placements and internships
SPEA’s dedicated Career Development Office (CDO) will assist you as you seek an internship or post-graduate employment, and our alumni community is an excellent lead source.
- Some of SPEA’s current and past placements and internships:
- Wood River Land Trust
- Nuclear Energy Institute
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management
- Cummins, Inc
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
- Fields Environmental, Inc
- VET Environmental
- Grant Thorton
For a large list of SPEA’s internship placements and employment placements, check out the CDO’s Explore Careers & Outcome page.
Gain real-world experience while still in school
You can join the SPEA Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Association, one of many professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.
Learn from faculty with expertise and experience in environmental systems analysis and modeling