Curriculum

The complexity of global environmental challenges requires decision makers with both international affairs and environmental sciences training. Explore the degree’s unique coursework offered on Georgetown’s historic Washington, DC campus, as well as the in-demand degree concentrations to prepare you for a future of interdisciplinary collaboration and changemaking.

Concentrations

Students in this program have the opportunity to go beyond the core curriculum and develop expertise in a specific area related to environmental and energy challenges by choosing one of three concentrations. These concentrations cater to students’ academic interests and career goals, preparing them for specialized roles in various employment sectors. To fulfill the requirements, students must take at least one science or technology elective and at least one politics or policy elective. Alternatively, they have the option to develop a personalized concentration in consultation with the program director.

1. Global Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy

This concentration provides students with the knowledge base and tools to identify the implications of energy policy choices and to pathways to a sustainable energy future. Pictured: sample curriculum.

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2. Global Environmental Science and Policy

This concentration provides students with a background in the environmental sciences including atmospheric and oceans science and the implications for global environmental change. 

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3. Environmental Science and International Security

This concentration provides students with an understanding of food, energy and water insecurity and their impact on the global landscape.

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Coursework

Within each concentration, at least 1 elective must be a science or technology course, and at least 1 must be a politics or policy course.

Core and skills courses

Students must take all core courses listed below and at least 6 credits of skills courses. Examples of skills courses are listed below.

Core and representative skills courses
Course TypeNameCredits
CoreScience of Global Environmental Challenges I4
CoreScience of Global Environmental Challenges II4
CoreGlobal Environmental Politics and Security3
CoreCapstone Seminar1
CoreGlobal Capstone Course3
SkillsEnergy Analysis and Energy Modeling (NEW)1
SkillsEnvironmental Storytelling (NEW)1
SkillsGeographic Information Systems1
SkillsRemote Sensing1
SkillsQuantitative Methods1
SkillsQualitative Field Research1.5
SkillsAnalytical and Statistical Skills1
SkillsData Science and Analytics1
SkillsPython for Policymakers1
SkillsClimate Models for Policy (NEW) 1
SkillsInternational Negotiations 1
SkillsInternational Negotiations and Mediation1.5

Representative Electives by Concentration

Representative elective courses by concentration
Course NameConcentrationCredits
Global Energy Transitions and ModelsGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Deep DecarbonizationGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Clean Energy InnovationGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Energy and Environment in EurasiaGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Energy & Environment in ChinaGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Renewable Energy Climate and DevelopmentGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Clean Energy Investment Development EconomicsGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
The Energy TransitionGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Sustainability, Innovation, and TechGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Energy: Players, Markets, Projects Global Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Caspian Energy: Theory & PracticeGlobal Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy1
Deep DecarbonizationGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
The Ocean and Global Change Global Environmental Science and Policy1
Global Environmental NegotiationsGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Environmental Change in the Arctic Global Environmental Science and Policy1
Environmental EconomicsGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Environmental PolicyGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Science and Policy Development in Latin AmericaGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Sea Level Change & Coastal AdaptationGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Physics and Chemistry of Earth’s ClimateGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Energy and Environment in EurasiaGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Policies for Clean Air and Global HealthGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Infrastructure and the EnvironmentGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
National Climate Solutions: Tackling ChallengesGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1.5
Agricultural Food Systems and Econ DevelopmentGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Climate and DevelopmentGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Climate Change ResilienceGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1.5
International Climate Policy and Diplomacy Global Environmental Science and Policy1
Navigating a Climate of Change Global Environmental Science and Policy1
Caspian Energy: Theory & PracticeGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Gender & Environment: Latin AmericaGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Environmental Policy in EuropeGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Global Justice/The EnvironmentGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Global Environmental & Climate HistoryGlobal Environmental Science and Policy1
Global HungerEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Agri-Food Systems and Economic DevelopmentEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Environment, Development and Conflict Environmental Science and International Security 1.5
Food System, Transformation and Global Development Environmental Science and International Security 1.5
The Energy TransitionEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Transnational SecurityEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Energy: Players, Markets, ProjectsEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Environmental and Human SecurityEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Russia/Europe Relations: Climate/Energy/WarEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Water in MENA: Local Practices and Politics Environmental Science and International Security 1
Environmental Security and Conflict Environmental Science and International Security 1
Water PoliticsEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Critical, Human and Environmental Security Environmental Science and International Security 1
Sea Level Changes & Coastal AdaptationEnvironmental Science and International Security 1
Physics and Chemistry of Earth’s ClimateEnvironmental Science and International Security 1

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