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Environmental Policy

DEGREE

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy

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The Environmental Policy degree provides an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues in their political, social, and scientific context. This program provides a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, and GIS complimented by business and political science courses with an emphasis on strong writing, research, and quantitative skills.

All Environmental Studies majors complete one semester of general biology, one semester of general chemistry, and environmental science courses in policy and geographic information systems. Students must minor in a subject approved by the advisor. The capstone course for all students is the senior project. Students work with state-of-the-art field and research equipment and are exposed to techniques and methods used by scientists to study the complexities of the human-environment system. Graduates will possess an inclusive knowledge of the environmental studies field, have a broad general studies foundation, and be able to demonstrate their ability to use this knowledge in a variety of settings.

Graduates of the Environmental Policy Program:

1. Attain an inclusive knowledge of the environmental studies field, have a broad general studies foundation, and be able to demonstrate their ability to apply this knowledge in a variety of settings.

2. Must be able to demonstrate skill in the application of general systems theory, modeling, stakeholder analysis, or other interdisciplinary analysis tools to evaluate the equitability and the effectiveness of alternative environmental decisions, policies, or actions.

3. Must be able to apply basic scientific principles and methods to the study of: (a) major physical and life science components of the earth system, including the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, as well as the chemical and physical processes underlying these components, and (b) human components of the earth system including the social, economic, and political structures that shape our interactions with the environment.

4. Must accurately communicate state, federal, and local political structures and processes and their relationships, as well as landmark environmental laws and regulations.

5. Must demonstrate proficiency with current technologies for acquiring, analyzing, and displaying data relevant to a real-world problem.

6. Must use the scientific method to design, conduct, and interpret natural science and/or social science investigations, and understand the ethical norms that guide scientific practice.

7. Must present clearly (in both written and oral formats) analyses of complex environmental policy issues.

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