The undergraduate minor in environmental policy and planning requires a minimum of 18 s.h., including 12 s.h. in University of Iowa courses numbered 3000 or above. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

For help in selecting courses, students should contact the department secretary to request an advisor for the minor. Students may apply a maximum of 6 s.h. toward both the minor in environmental policy and planning and any major or minor in the Departments of Anthropology, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, or Political Science.

The minor in environmental policy and planning requires three core courses plus three courses from the student's choice of track: the planning track or the policy track. Students may not use a course to satisfy more than one requirement of the minor.

Core Courses

All students complete three core courses.

This course:
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
One of these:
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ANTH:3103Environment and Culture3
GEOG:3300/GHS:3300Envisioning Future Worlds: Sustainable Development and Its Alternatives3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
One of these:
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:3111American Public Policy3

Students also complete coursework in a single track, choosing three courses from either the planning track list or the policy track list below.

Planning Track

GEOG:2410Environment and Development3
GEOG:2930Water Resources3
GEOG:3210/CPH:3400Health, Work, and the Environment3
GEOG:3315Ecosystem Ecology3
GEOG:3340Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems3
GEOG:3350Urban Ecology3
GEOG:3400Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice3
GEOG:3760/GHS:3760Hazards and Society3
GEOG:4770/GHS:4770Environmental Justice3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
URP:3001/GEOG:3920Planning Livable Cities3
URP:3134/ECON:3640Regional and Urban Economics3
URP:3135/ECON:3625Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
URP:3350/ECON:3750/GEOG:3940Transportation Economics3

Policy Track

ANTH:3237/MUSM:3237Politics of the Archaeological Past3
ANTH:3240Cultural Resources Management Archaeology: Practice and Practicalities3
CPH:3400/GEOG:3210Health, Work, and the Environment3
GEOG:3331Human Dimensions of Climate3
GEOG:3400Iowa Environmental Policy in Practice3
GEOG:3760/GHS:3760Hazards and Society3
GEOG:3780/GHS:3780/HIST:3240U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context3
GEOG:4750/URP:4750Environmental Impact Analysis3
HIST:3230American Environmental History3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
POLI:2417Comparative Environmental Policy3
POLI:3100American State Politics3
POLI:3102The U.S. Congress3
POLI:3110Local Politics3
POLI:3111American Public Policy3
POLI:3117Bureaucratic Politics and Public Administration3
POLI:3118Interest Groups3
POLI:3123State Politics in Iowa (section EX)3
POLI:3204/SOC:3525Public Opinion3
POLI:3408Chinese Politics and Society3
POLI:3424Global Development3

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Environmental Policy and Planning, Minor

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students pursuing the Environmental Policy and Planning minor must choose either the planning or the policy track.  
12 semester hours of advanced courses for the Environmental Policy and Planning minor must be taken at the University of Iowa.  
6 semester hours of coursework can double-count between the Environmental Policy and Planning minor and the Anthropology, Geography, and/or Political Science majors and minors.  
 Hours0
First Year
Spring
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3
 Hours3
Second Year
Fall
ANTH:3103
Environment and Culture
or Religion and Environmental Ethics
or Human Impacts on the Environment
3
 Hours3
Spring
POLI:1400
Introduction to Comparative Politics
or American Public Policy
3
 Hours3
Third Year
Fall
Minor: policy or planning track elective course 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: policy or planning track elective course 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
Minor: policy or planning track elective course 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours18