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Rensselaer Catalog 2009-2010 
Rensselaer Catalog 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

Ecological Economics, Values, and Policy (Professional Master’s)

The Departments of Science and Technology Studies and Economics also jointly offer an EEVP master’s program. The program builds on Rensselaer’s nationally recognized expertise and course offerings in the economic, political, social, cultural, and ethical implications in the interactions of science, technology, environment, and society. EEVP is meant for early and mid-career professionals in state and local government, secondary education, business, and the nonprofit sector (professionals in environmental nongovernmental organizations) who wish to upgrade their skills and advance their careers.

Building on required courses in environmental, ecological, and natural resource economics and in environmental philosophy and policy, EEVP helps students acquire the skills such as policy analysis and ecological valuation that are necessary to address the complex multidisciplinary problems any society faces in areas such as environment and health, appropriate technology, and sustainable development. The 21st century promises a continuation of the march toward globalization. Dealing with the prospects and problems of a world economy and the growing human impact on the natural world requires an education that is both broad and deep. EEVP offers “hands on” training that puts into practice the slogan “think globally, act locally.”

Economics requirements for the EEVP master’s degree include two common courses for a total of six credit hours—ECON/STSS 6600 Seminar in EEVP (the common introductory course) and ECON/STSS 6650 EEVP Professional Project (the common capstone course). Also required are four economics courses for a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Additional Requirements

Sample Electives

Students must take an additional four STS course electives for a minimum of 12 credit hours.

STS Course Requirements for the EEVP Master’s

And One of the Following Two Courses:

Additional Information

All together, the program totals 10 courses for a minimum of 30 credit hours and can be completed with all 6000-level courses at three credit hours. However, if students choose to take one or two 4000-level electives at four credit hours, they will earn either 31 or 32 credit hours.