Urban Environmental Management | Department of Geography and the Environment

Urban Environmental Management


As the environmental responsibilities of local governments grow in response to increased environmental legislation, municipal departments, permitting/oversight agencies, and contracting, environmental engineers need informed, capable, and effective individuals to liaison between them and city managers. The objective of this track is to train students to manage the planning and implementation of both compliance and ethical strategies for sustaining the urban environment. Participation in an internship program with an appropriate government agency or a suitable nonprofit that examines issues of specific and immediate interest to that entity is recommended. If appropriate, the results of the internship will form the basis for the student's M.S. thesis or problems in lieu of thesis.


As an option, a student may include a minor in their program of studies. To satisfy the requirement for this optional minor, the student must select two courses with a prefix other than GEOG or GEOL. Please consult with your major professor if you are interested in this option.

Required Courses

  • GEOG 5160 Foundations of Geographic Thought (3)
  • GEOG 5190 Advanced Quantitative Techniques (3)
  • GEOG 5800 Research Design and Geographic Applications (3)

GEOG 5190 is the department's primary course to fulfill our MS program's analytical methods requirement. However, where individual student interests warrant, an alternative methods course may be selected by the major professor and must be approved by the Geography Graduate Committee. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE


(choose one course from this group)

  • GEOG 5190 Spatial Statistics (3)
  • GEOG 5510 GIS for Applied Research (3)
  • GEOG 5550 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • GEOG 5410 Location-Allocation Modeling (3)
  • AECO 5880 Multivariate Regression Analysis (3)

Urban Environments


  • GEOG 5210 Seminar in Urban Geography (3)
  • GEOG 5310 Research in Human Geography (3)
  • GEOG 5220 Applied Retail Geography (3)

Policy topics

(choose one)

  • GEOG 5420 Critical Resource Geography (3)
  • GEOG 5245 International Development (3)
  • ECON 5440 Economics of Natural Resources and Environment (3)
  • PADM 5610 Disaster Preparedness and Management (3)
  • PADM 5615 Environmental Planning and Hazards (3)

Recommended minors

(choose two classes, each 3 hours, from any one group)

Applied Economics

  • AECO 5050 (may be repeated for credit as topics vary); AECO 5870

Public Administration

  • PADM 5010; PADM 5060; PADM 5610; PADM 5615; PADM 5300; PADM 5310


  • ECON 5750; ECON 5440; ECON 5700

Environmental Science/Philosophy

  • BIOL 5030 (may be repeated for credit as topics vary)
  • BIOL 5040; BIOL 5100; BIOL 5200; PHIL 5000; PHIL 5700; PHIL 6740; PHIL 6750

Non Thesis Students

  • GEOG 5900 - Internship (3)
  • GEOG 5920 - Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis (3)

Thesis Students

  • GEOG 5950 - Master's Thesis (6)