Environmental Policy

The environmental policy minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to building an understanding of the complex issues in the environment. Students gain basic knowledge of environmental science, along with the economics, politics, history and ethics that play into every decision around the environment. They obtain the understanding to effectively participate in decisions that affect environmental resources, as well as technical skills, such as spreadsheet analysis, GIS mapping and lab sciences, that will serve them in several fields.


  • Draw information from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences
  • Develop understanding of complex scientific and human issues facing the environment
  • Gain the knowledge to participate in decisions around environmental resources
  • Build skills in spreadsheet analysis, GIS mapping and lab sciences


The environmental policy minor includes interdisciplinary coursework including environmental science and biology, economics, politics, law, psychology and history.


Students who complete a minor in environmental policy are prepared to participate in decisions and policymaking around environmental issues. They have a deep understanding of the complexities of human and environmental interaction, and they have the technical skills to support their positions. Students may add the environmental policy minor to a wide range of majors to enhance their career opportunities. Our graduates are working in education, public health, policymaking and art.

Department of Environmental Studies

The Department of Environmental Studies also offers majors in environmental biologyenvironmental chemistry and toxicology and sustainable design, as well as minors in environmental science and sustainability. Students interested in social sciences may choose a major in environmental studies: policy, culture and society.