Environmental Policy & Analysis
Environmental Policy and Analysis is available for students with a commitment to environmental quality and an interest in the administrative, legislative and organizational problems that result from human impact on the natural and the constructed world. Each student selects an area of emphasis keyed to individual career goals in environmental planning, sustainable management, outdoor recreation, environmental education and interpretation, environmental law, or other appropriate fields.
Our students majoring in Environmental Policy and Analysis take course work focusing in the social sciences, including geography, economics, and political science. Each student identifies a particular area of emphasis related to her or his career goals. A capstone course and internship well prepare each graduate to work as part of an interdisciplinary team contributing to finding practical solutions to complex environmental programs.
Our graduates work with issues such as changing patterns of resource use, protection of the wilderness, land restoration and preservation of unique areas and endangered species. Graduates are often employed as environmental organization administrators, planners, park rangers, technical report writers, naturalists, and recreation leaders. Career opportunities are plentiful, and our graduates also are well-prepared to pursue professional degrees (e.g. environmental law) and other advanced degrees.
Environmental Policy and Analysis learning outcomes are for students to achieve understanding of:
- foundational material in biology, and geology or geography
- the breadth of current critical environmental issues facing the planet
- two topical areas of critical importance to environmental quality.
- disciplines in the social sciences and humanities critically linked to environmental studies
Required Courses (27-30) hours of course work):
- 6-8 credit hours of foundational biology and geography or geology to consist of one course from biology and one course from geography or geology.
- 3 credit hours of foundational environmental studies to consist of ENVS 1010 or 2530
- 4-6 credit hours focusing on specialized aspects of environmental studies to consist of two of the following courses: ENVS 3010, ENVS 4000, ENVS 4010, ENVS 4020, ENVS 4030, ENVS 4120, ENVS 4930, ENVS 4950
- 6 credit hours providing background on the political and legal systems to consist of two of the following courses: POLS 3310, POLS 3360, POLS 3450; LEGS 4310
- 3 credit hours providing background in environmental philosophy, sociology or geography to consist of one of the following courses: PHIL 3320; SOC 3120; GEOG 3210, GEOG 3250, GEOG 3310
- 3 credit hours focusing on environmental history and culture to consist of one of the following courses: ACS 3380, HIST 3380
For questions or further information, please contact
Holly Myers, Advisor
337 South Hall