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Environmental Policy

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Program Overview

Students with an interdisciplinary environmental policy degree will be conversant in multiple discourses that influence environmental policy.  Students will develop an understanding of natural science disciplines including the life sciences, physical sciences and environmental issues.  An understanding of organisms and their environments, ecosystem function, and atmospheric process is fundamental to formulating policy that protects air, land, water, and biodiversity.

Coursework that emphasizes theory and application of policy is required, and students are able to choose a focus on either national or international issues.  A course in statistics will develop an understanding of the importance of research and data analysis for both natural and social scientists.  The Capstone experience will require students to complete a group service-learning project in which, working as environmental consultants, they will produce and present a product to a local or regional client.


B.A. Degree Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to develop depth in a focus area of interest by consulting with their academic advisor or the program director.  Students planning to attend either graduate school or law school should also work with their advisor to determine what additional courses will be needed to prepare for admission.  Minimum 50 credit hours.

Course Credit Hours
ENSP 035 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science 3
ENSP 036 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science Lab 1
ENSP 037 - Environmental Case Analysis 3
ENSP 041 - Principles of Geology 4
ENSP 061 - Environmental Sociology 3
ENSP 065 - Geographic Information Systems 3
Economic Foundations 6
 Introductory Level 3
 ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
 Advanced Level - Select one of the following: 3
ECON 109 - Public Economics 3
ENSP 153 - Ecological Economics 3
ENSP 154 - Environmental Decision Making 3
Advisor-approved 100-level or above economic elective (usually in the ENSP program or Economics department) where the course focuses on the application of economic reasoning to environmental or resource-related issues  
Historical Foundations - Select two of the following: 6
HIST 067 - Sustainable Development in Africa 6
HIST 194 - Urban Environmental History 3
ENSP 103 - Foundations of Natural History and Environmentalism 3
Advisor-approved history elective (usually in the ENSP program or History department) where the course focuses on the history of an important environmental issue or topic  
Social Foundations - Select two of the following: 6
ENSP 071 - Environmentalism in the United States 3
ENSP 111 - International Environmental Seminar 3
ENSP 157 - Environmental Justice 3
Advisor-approved social elective (usually in the ENSP program or Study of Culture and Society department) where the course focuses on the interaction between social and environmental aspects of a topic  
Political Foundations - Select two of the following: 6
POLS 155 - American Public Policy 3
ENSP 107 - Civic Environmentalism/Smart Growth 3
ENSP 156 - Environmental Politics and Policy 3
Advisor-approved political elective (usually in the ENSP program or Politics department) where the course focuses on the political process in a way that helps students to understand the development, implementation, or effects of environmental policies  
Area of Specialization 3
100-level ENSP course or advisor-approved elective (100-level or above) in an area of specialization that complements and deepens the student's understanding of one of the foundational areas  
Science-Policy Integration - take six credits from the following:
6
ENSP 135 - Global Climate Change 3
ENSP 125 - Conservation Biology 0-4
ENSP 150 - Water Resources 0-4
Advisor-approved elective where there is significant consideration of scientific content as well as how the science relates to important discussions in the policy realm  
Capstone 3
Total 50

Environmental Policy Minor

All minors must have an adviser in the program and must successfully complete 23 credit hours that fulfill the following requirements:

Course Credit Hours
BIO 001 - Biological Science for Non-Majors 3
ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENSP 035 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science 3
ENSP 036 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science Lab 1
Choose one of the following:  
ENSP 154 - Environmental Decision Making 3
ENSP 157 - Environmental Justice 3
POLS 001 - American Political System 3
Choose one of the following:  
POLS 114 - Public Opinion 3
POLS 116 - Media and Modern Politics 3
ENSP 111 - International Environmental Policy Seminar 3
ENSP 156 - Environmental Politics and Policy 3
Total 23
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