The Policy Track (B.A.)

Students may earn a secondary B.A. in Environmental Policy by following this plan of study:

Required Credit Hours: 36

Major Computing Requirement: The 400-level courses satisfy the Major Writing and Computer Proficiency Requirements by
achieving a grade of at least C-.

Major Writing Requirement: The 400-level courses satisfy the Major Writing and Computer Proficiency Requirements by achieving
a grade of at least C-.

Core Requirements:

  1. ENSP 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy (3 credits)
  2. At least five credits of ENSP 200-250, including one ENSP 200-249 course and at least one ENSP 250 seminar.
  3. Three required courses in the Natural Sciences, at least one with lab: (at least 10 credits total). One from each category.
    1. Natural Science Proficiency:
      • BIOL 220 Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution (4),
      • or GEOL 110 Earth’s Environmental Systems: Physical Geography (3),
      • or GEOL 101 The Dynamic Earth: Physical Geology (3).
    2. A Natural Sciences course with field laboratory component:
      • BIOL 416 Ornithology (4);
      • BIOL 417 Population and Community Ecology (4);
      • BIOL 426 Aquatic Ecology (4);
      • BIOL 427 Wetland Ecosystems (4);
      • GEOL 314 Watershed Dynamics (4);
      • GEOL 315 Hydrology (4);
      • GEOL 316 Environmental Geochemistry (3);
      • GEOL 320 Surface Processes: Landscapes & Water (4);
      • or other approved course
    3. Chemistry:
      • CHEM 101:Survey of Chemical Principles (3), or
      • CHEM 103: General Chemistry (3).
  4. Four required courses in Social Sciences and Humanities (12 credits). One from each category.
    1. Economics:
      • ECON 322 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3) [ECON 101 is a prerequisite for this course];
      • or other approved course
    2. Politics and Sociology:
      • SOCL 308: Environmental Sociology (3);
      • SOCL 427: Energy, Environment, and Development (3);
      • ANTH 338: Native Cultures of Latin America (3);
      • GOVT 322: Global Environmental Governance (3);
      • GOVT 491: International Organizations and Environmental Governance (4);
      • or other approved course
    3. Ethics:
      • ENSP 302: Philosophic History of American Environmentalism (3);
      • ENSP 303: Issues in Environmental Ethics (3);
      • KINE 393: Health Ethics (3);
      • RELG 321 Ecology and Ethics (3);
      • or other approved course
    4. Other Humanities:
      • ANTH 315 Environmental Archaeology (3);
      • HISP 360: Cultural Constructions of the Environment in Latin America (3);
      • HIST 226: American West Since 1890 (3);
      • HIST 490C: Native Americans and Nature (4);
      • ENGL 465: African American Nature Writing (4);
      • or other approvedcourse
  5. Public Policy course:  GOVT350 (3)
  6. Capstone experience: (3)
    1. ENSP 440 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (1-4)
    2. ENSP 490 Independent Research (1-3)
    3. ENSP 495-496 Honors (3,3)
    4. ENSP 498-499 Internship (1-3)
    5. or other approved capstone experience with permission of the Director