ETaP Graduate Option Curriculum

The Energy, Technology, and Policy (ETaP) program is part of the Environmental Systems Graduate Program at Humboldt State University. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students may enter with a variety of undergraduate degrees and work experiences.

Professor Arne Jacobson with students   Professor Steve Hackett in front of a blackboard

Recommended Program Prerequisites:

An appropriate undergraduate degree in natural or social sciences is required. Prior coursework in areas including elementary statistics & probability, physics, chemistry, calculus and economics is highly desirable. Engineering and natural science students will benefit from having had at least six semester units of sociology, anthropology, political science, or another related social science. Students who are interested in working internationally should have at least one year of training in a language other than English, or equivalent experience. Deficiencies may be made up concurrently with the required coursework, but this may extend time in the program.

Program Requirements:

Course requirements for the program include a set of classes that are common to the Environmental Systems Graduate Program, three courses that are specific to the ETaP option, and at least four additional elective courses that are chosen as a coherent package in an area of interest for the student. The elective courses are intended to provide students with an opportunity to deepen their expertise in a selected area of specialization.  Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of coursework to receive a master's degree in Environmental Systems. Each student must also complete a master's thesis or project. The ETaP curriculum is summarized in the table below. It is also described in a one-page downloadable worksheet that is available at this link.

Students perform water quality experiments at the Arcata Marsh  Graduate student Meg Harper poses with biomass material for a gasifier  A student docent demonstrating a fuel cell

Environmental Systems Required Courses
CourseDescriptionTotal Units
STAT 630Environmental Systems Data Collection & Analysis4
SCI 698Graduate Colloquium in Environmental Systems1
Energy, the Environment, and Society Option Required Courses
CourseDescriptionTotal Units
ENGR 532Energy, the Environment, and Society4
ECON 550Economics of Energy and Climate Change Policy4
*ENGR 533Energy and Climate Change4
*ENGR 535Development Technology4

* students must take ENGR 532, ECON 550, and either ENGR 533 or ENGR 535

In addition, students must take a series of at least four approved elective courses at the upper division or graduate level. Students are strongly encouraged to use the elective courses to create an area of concentration.  The choice of an area of concentration is made in consultation with each student's academic adviser, and the specifics depend on a combination of the student's background and interests. The HSU course catalog lists many potential course options.

Additional Information

International Students can obtain additional information about graduate studies at Humboldt State University at the International Student Website.