Summer 2013 Undergraduate Catalog
College of Arts and Sciences

+ Environmental Policy and Analysis

303 South Hall, 419-372-8207

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Environmental Policy and Analysis are expected to:

  • Understand basic characteristics of ecosystems and environmental problems and identify, investigate, and propose solutions to environmental issues as informed by an interdisciplinary background in the social sciences and humanities;
  • Critically evaluate policies and practices that address environmental problems and ascertain the interrelationships and interactions among environmental problems, their locations, their cultural and social contexts, and their solutions;
  • Engage in rational, civil discourse about complex environmental issues in a manner that considers all viewpoints;
  • Participate in practical, experience-based learning through internships, field experiences, workshops, and independent research projects;
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms;
  • Gain facility with technologies and tools used in environmental analysis, such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems, statistical analysis, and remotely sensed images.

Major, Bachelor of Arts (47-59 hours) — no minor required — click click to display detailed requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements

This major emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of environmental issues and the role of the social sciences in addressing and solving environmental problems. Students receive a basic understanding of the social sciences and humanities, particularly political science, history, and philosophy. Additional courses in the natural sciences and mathematics are included to help the student obtain a holistic view and understanding of the overall context in which environmental issues are placed. Each student also takes courses in a specialization designed to prepare for a career field. A three-hour internship or independent study (ENVS 4890 or 4700) is also required. Close consultation with advisors in the Department of Environment and Sustainability is essential.

The areas of specialization include: Sustainable Management, Restoration, Education and Interpretation, Environmental Law, and International Perspectives.

Minor (27-30 hours)

  • One course each from BIOL and GEOG or GEOL (6-8)
  • ENVS 1010 or 2530 (3)
  • Select two from: ENVS 3010, 4000, 4010, 4020, 4120, 4930, 4950 (4-6)
  • Select two from: ENVS 3030, 4200; POLS 3310, 3360, 3450; LEGS 4310 (6)
  • Select one from: ENVS 4260; PHIL 2320; SOC 3120; GEOG 3210, 3250, 3310 (3)
  • Select one from: ACS 3380, ENVS 4120; HIST 3380 (3)

Other programs
A B.S. in Environmental Science is offered that emphasizes interdisciplinary study of the environment through the natural sciences.

A B.S. in Environmental Health is offered that emphasizes the relationship between environmental quality and human wellbeing.

A minor in Sustainability is offered that emphasizes the interaction among environmental quality, economic prosperity and social equity.

Students should contact the Department of the Environment and Sustainability, 419-372-8207, for help in selecting the program that most closely meets their career objectives.