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
For questions or further information, please contact
Holly Myers, Advisor
201 Memorial Hall
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Environmental Policy and Analysis are expected to be able to:
- Understand basic characteristics of ecosystems and environmental problems and identify, investigate, and propose solutions to environmental issues as informed by an interdisciplinary background in the social sciences and humanities;
- Critically evaluate policies and practices that address environmental problems and ascertain the interrelationships and interactions among environmental problems, their locations, their cultural and social contexts, and their solutions;
- Engage in rational, civil discourse about complex environmental issues in a manner that considers all viewpoints;
- Participate in practical, experience-based learning through internships, field experiences, workshops, and independent research projects;
- Communicate effectively in written and oral forms;
- Gain facility with technologies and tools used in environmental analysis, such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems, statistical analysis, and remotely sensed images.
Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Environmental Policy and Analysis program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.
Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Environmental Policy and Analysis program does not lead to professional licensure.
Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Environmental Policy and Analysis program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.