Chemicals training a necessity
Vol. 17, No. 26April 2, 1998

Chemicals training a necessity

Starting this fall, the University will offer two new graduate degrees in environmental and energy policy.

The new master's and doctoral degrees were developed by John Byrne, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) in the College of Human Resources, Education and Public Policy, who has spent most of his academic career working with policymakers in the U.S. and other nations to incorporate renewable energy and conservation programs into energy policy. In light of growing worldwide concern about environmental issues, Byrne said the time was right for the University to establish degree programs that will have, at their core, the information graduates need to affect policy.

With developing nations that are hungry for economic growth rushing to industrialize, there is the danger of compounding the environmental mistakes made by previous administrations. But, the politics of persuading a struggling nation to slow economic growth until it develops a sustainable energy mix has been made more difficult by a lack of knowledge on the part of policymakers.

The master's and doctoral programs are interdisciplinary and include course work in economics, marine policy, international environmental policy, disaster research, energy policy and sustainable development.

Enrollment for the new degree programs will begin in September.