Urban & Environmental Policy


MAJOR: All students majoring in Urban and Environmental Policy are required to take the following courses in the freshman or sophomore year:

UEP 101
Economics 101 (or another Economics course approved by the chair)
Politics 101 or UEP/POLS 106
UEP 304

For their college math/science requirement, we strongly encourage UEP majors to take at least one of the following:

UEP 201 (Environmental Health and policy)
Geology 150 (Geographic Information Systems; students are encouraged to take concurrently with UEP 201)*
Math 146 (Statistics)
Math 150 (Statistical Data Analysis)
Biology 105 (Marine Biology)*
Biology 106 (Biology of California)*
Biology 110 (Organisms on Earth)*
Biology 270 (Ecology)*
Geology 106 (Earth and the Human Future)*
Geology 255 (Spatial Analysis with GIS)*  (With approval of instructor)

* Satisfies a lab science requirement

Other math/science courses may be acceptable with the approval of the department chair.

Students majoring in UEP are required to take the following courses:
UEP 301 (Urban Policy and Politics) (sophomore or junior year)
UEP 304: (Urban and Environmental Research Methods) (sophomore or junior year)*
UEP 310 (Community Organizing and Leadership) (junior year)
UEP 311 (Community Internship) (junior year)
UEP 410 (Controversies in Policy and Politics) (senior year)
UEP 411 (Applied Public Policy Practicum) (senior year)

*may substitute Politics or Sociology Research Methods with advisor approval

Students majoring in UEP should take two electives after discussion with their advisor. These electives can include, but are not limited to, the following, including UEP courses:
UEP 201 (Environmental Health and Policy)
UEP 203 (Public Health: Community and Environment)
UEP 204 (Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future)
UEP 205 (Urban History)
UEP 210 (Transportation and Living Streets)
UEP 212 (Policy Debates and Controversies in Education - Panel Session)
UEP 213 (Policy Debates and Controversies in Education - Seminar Session)
UEP 214 (Education Policies and Politics Practicum)
UEP 246 (Sustainable Oxy: Campus Greening)
UEP 247 (Sustainable Oxy: Food Growing and Preparation)
UEP 248 (Global Public Health)
UEP 249 (Public Health and Human Rights)
UEP 266 (Lobbying & Advocacy)
UEP 302 (Housing Problems and Policy)
UEP 303 (Sustainable Development)
UEP 306 (Food and the Environment)
UEP 307 (Public Health Practicum)

Although we encourage students to take UEP electives, these other courses are also available as elective options:
Art History 289 (Modern Architecture)
Diplomacy & World Affairs 249 (Public Health and Human Rights)
Diplomacy & World Affairs 248 (Global Public Health)
Economics 301 (Environmental Economics and Policy)
Economics 324 (Economics of Immigration)
Economics 328 (Economics of Race and Gender)
History 206 (History of American Women)
History 237 (History of Feminism)
History 274 (Medicine/Disease/Western Society)
History 277 (Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women and Community Health)
History 359 (Mexico-United States Borderland)
History 395 (The Making of African American Freedom)
Philosophy 255: Environmental Ethics
Politics 206 (Race and American Politics)
Politics 207 (Los Angeles Politics)
Politics 208 (Movements for Social Justice)
Politics 242 (Law and Social Change)
Politics 260 (Work and Labor in America)
Religious Studies 240 (Religion and Social Reform)
Religious Studies 242 (Environmental Ethics and Religion)
Sociology 250 (Race and Ethnicity in American Society)
Sociology 260 (Deviance)
Sociology 325 (Criminology and Society)
Sociology 330 (Political Sociology)
Sociology 350 (Social Movements and Revolutions)
Sociology 360 (Urban Sociology)
Sociology 420 (Immigration to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America)

    WRITING REQUIREMENT: Students majoring in UEP will satisfy the final component of Occidental College's writing requirement by successfully completing UEP 301. Students should familiarize themselves with the departmental requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the Writing Program for additional information.

    Students are required to have an overall grade point average of 3.50. See the Honors Program and contact the department chair for more information and specific requirements.

    Students can select to minor in Urban and Environmental Policy. The minor consists of UEP 101 or UEP/POLS 106 and  Politics 101; and three other courses at the 200 level and above in the UEP program.