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PhD Breadth

In addition to achieving depth in two Fields of Inquiry, students are expected to demonstrate breadth of knowledge related to environment and resources. Students should work with their Lead Advisors to determine a strategy to gain a general understanding in relevant topic areas including culture and institutions, economics and policy analysis, engineering and technology, and natural sciences. 

One course in applied economics and policy is required of all E-IPER PhD students. Beginning in Autumn 2014, this requirement may be fulfilled by taking a specifically designed E-IPER core course that will replace the current ENVRES 310 content.

Students beginning study in Autumn 2013 may choose to wait for the new course or complete one of the following sequences to fulfill the economics and policy analysis requirement:

Core Economics Series:
ECON 202: Core Economics
ECON 203: Core Economics
ECON 204: Core Economics


Public Policy Series:
PUBLPOL 301A: Microeconomics
PUBLPOL 301B: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Evaluation

Students who choose economics and/or policy analysis as a Field of Inquiry or whose research relies upon a more in-depth understanding of economics and/or public policy should discuss this with their Lead Advisors and committee and develop a plan for taking relevant intermediate and advanced courses.