Environment and management of natural resources issues intersect in a variety of different units at UCLA. In addition to the strength of Public Policy and Urban Planning departments, students take concentration courses in Economics, Environmental Health Sciences, Geography, Law, and Environmental Science. SPPSR sponsors the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies which studies environmental problems with special focus on Southern California. The prominent UCLA Institute for the Environment (IOE) coordinates campus environmental research and activities.
Issues related to the environment and to the management of natural resources involve a complex array of institutional, legal, and policy factors. Students in this emphasis will gain a basic understanding of the natural science aspects of environmental systems, and an in-depth understanding of the human systems that guide environmental decisions.
This knowledge is critical for writing laws and regulations, creating new domestic or international institutions, supervising environmental organizations, and operating environmental protection programs and resource management efforts. Courses for this emphasis include microeconomics, economic decisions, natural resource economics, risk management, data management and statistics, public policy, and environmental regulation and law.
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Course Offered by Public Policy Faculty:
PUB PLC CM250. Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Cross-Listed Course Offered by Faculty in Urban Planning:
PUB PLC M223. Transportation and Environmental Issues