Chad Settle, Economics
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in environmental policy 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, coursework 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.
Students are encouraged to use an internship or study abroad as a capstone experience for the major.
Students majoring in environmental policy should carefully note required prerequisites and plan the use of their elective courses accordingly. Planning in conjunction with the program advisors is highly recommended.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the undergraduate program in environmental policy will:
- Demonstrate proficiency in both the natural sciences and the social sciences.
- Develop an ability to connect material between different disciplines with regard to an environmental topic.
- Become passionate about learning and analyzing environmental challenges.