Bachelor of Arts/Science in Environmental Policy

Chad Settle
Associate Professor of Economic


The environmental policy major is an interdisciplinary program in environmental studies. It rests on the premise that students must be able to combine an understanding of the scientific basis for environmental problems with knowledge of human needs, history, politics, and economics to derive practical solutions to environmental issues.

Correspondingly, course work involves classes with environmental scholars in various natural science, social science, and humanities departments. While providing a rigorous and broad educational experience, the major also allows students to custom design an area of strength using elective course work.

Environmental Policy majors may earn the BS or BA degree. In addition to the differences in core requirements, note the differences in Math and Stat requirements below.

Students majoring in Environmental Policy should carefully note the prerequisites listed below and plan the use of their elective courses accordingly. Planning in conjunction with the program advisors is highly recommended.

The Environmental Policy BA requires a minimum of 35 hours in the major while the BS requires a minimum of 38 hours in the major. In both cases, at least two-thirds of the hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Course Requirements

Natural and Physical Sciences

Two of the following:

  • BIOL 1033, The Environment and Humanity
  • BIOL 1504, Biology of Populations
  • BIOL 1604, Biological Diversity
  • *BIOL 3164, Field Ecology

    *Prerequisites: Biol 1504 and 1604

The following:

  • Geol 1014, Introduction to Physical Geology
  • One of the Following: GEOL 1033, Earth's Physical Environment
  • GEOL 1043, Geology of the National Parks
  • GEOL 2053, Earth Resources
  • GEOL 2063, Geological Hazards and Catastrophes
  • *GEOL 3573, Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 4523, Environmental Geochemistry
  • Gphy 4153, Environmental Geophysics
  • *Geog 3053, Geomorphology

*Prerequisite: Geol 1014

The following:

  • *Chem 1023, Chemistry II
  • *Chem 1021, Chemistry II Lab

*Prerequisites: Chem 1013, Chem 1011 

Social Sciences

The following: 

  • *Econ 3123, Environmental Economics
  • *Econ 4163, Policy Analysis
  • *Econ 4073, Applied Economic Analysis

    *Prerequisites: Econ 2013, 2023

One of the following:

  • Pol 3023, Politics of the Judicial System
  • Pol 3463, Constitutional Law

One of the following:

  • Soc 3143, Environmental Sociology
  • *Soc 3113, Population and Ecology

    *Prerequisite: Soc 1033

The Following:

For the BA Degree

  • Soc 2023, Statistics for Social Sciences

    For the BS Degree

  • Math 2014, Calculus I
  • Math 2024, Calculus II
  • Stat 2013, Introduction to Statistics
  • Stat 3813, Statistical Methods for Scientists and Engineers


Students must choose 9 additional hours. Electives should be chosen from one or two related fields to give an area of strength. In planning and selecting electives, students must be aware of course prerequisites.

  • Biol 3153, Animal Behavior
  • Biol 3164, Field Ecology
  • Biol 3314, Fungi and Algae
  • Biol 3504, The Higher Plants
  • Biol 4093, Population Ecology
  • Chem 3013, Organic Chemistry I & Lab (Chem 3011)
  • Chem 3023, Organic Chemistry II & Lab (Chem 3021)
  • Chem 4003, Trace Analysis
  • Chem 4053, Environmental Chemistry
  • Econ 3023, Macroeconomic Theory
  • Econ 3033, Microeconomic Theory
  • Econ 3053, Public Sector Economics
  • Econ 3083, International Economics
  • Econ 3113, Development Economics
  • Geog 3053, Geomorphology
  • Geol 3003, History of the Biosphere
  • Geol 4513, Hydrogeology
  • Geol 4523, Environmental Geochemistry
  • Gphy 4513, Environmental Geophysics
  • Hist 2383, US Environmental History
  • Pol 3023, Politics of the Judicial System
  • Soc 3083, Urban Sociology
  • Soc 3113, Population and Ecology
  • Soc 3143, Environmental Sociology
  • Soc 3703, Medical Sociology
  • Soc 4013, Sociology of Law

Students should consult with the Program Director or the College Advising Office for specific course requirements for this program of study.