Environmental Policy Major

As an environmental policy major, you will study how humans shape, affect, and are affected by their natural environments. Your understanding of environmental policy is fostered by a broad base of coursework across both political science and the natural sciences.

sample courses:

Earth and the Environment

Introduction to the study of the Earth as a dynamic, evolving planet. Emphasis on how internal and surface processes combine to shape the environment. Themes: Earth's interior as revealed by seismic waves; Earth history and global tectonics shown by changes to ocean floors, mountain-building, formation of continents, earthquakes, and volcanism; climate history and global biogeochemical cycles, influenced by circulation of atmosphere and oceans, ice ages, and human activity. Composition and structure of rocks and minerals. Three class hours and one two-hour lab a week.

Public Policy Analysis, Assessment and Practical Wisdom

This course provides an introduction to the study, professional practice, ex-ante and ex-post assessment of public policy and the professional practice of public analysis. We will rely heavily on David L. Weimer and Aidan R. Vining's text, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice. This course covers a series of critical concepts in the understanding of practicing, analyzing and assessing public policy.

our students have gone on to become:

Environmental Consultants

Environmental Lawyers

GIS Specialists

Pollution Remediators

Planetary Scientists

Government Scientists (E.P.A., NASA, Fish & Wildlife Service, etc.)

Urban Planners