The Environmental Policy Major prepares its students to understand their connection to the environment and acquire the skills to explore scientific and human interrelationships in the global ecosystem.

Managing human interaction with the natural environment, while protecting important natural systems, continues to be one of the critical challenges facing society. Students incorporate environmental biology, chemistry, and geology with public values, economics, law, policy, and planning. Environmental Policy provides hands-on learning opportunities through diverse field-based programs, laboratory, and internship experiences.

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Bachelor of Science with a Major in Environmental Policy
Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.
LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS Credits
BIOL 101, 105 Biology I and Lab 4
BIOL 102, 106 Biology II and Lab 4
CHEM 101, 105 or ESCI 101, 105 Chemistry I and Lab or Geology and Lab 4
ECON 101 Microeconomics 3
ECON 102 Macroeconomics 3
INTL 221 Political and Economic Geography 3
INTL 252 International Environmental Issues 3
MATH 251 Statistics 4
Total Lower Division 28
UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS Credits
BIOL 381, 385 Ecology and Lab 4
ENVP 423 Environmental Planning and Public Policy 4
ENVP 425 Environmental Law 4
MATH 351 Biological Statistics 4
ENVP 471 Research Methods in Environmental Science 2-3
ENVP 390 or 481 Internship or Senior Research Project ≥ 1
SELECT NINE CREDITS 9
BIOL 356 Birds of the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin
BIOL 357 Lake Tahoe Basin Ecosystems
BIOL 358 Desert and Montane Ecosystems
BIOL 359 Great Basin Flora
BIOL 386 Intertidal Ecology of the Central Pacific Coast
BIOL 407 Conservation Biology
BIOL 420 Tropical Field Biology
ENVS 353 Alternative Energy Systems I
ENVS 354 Alternative Energy Systems II
ENVS 355 Environmental Engineering
Elective within major
Internship or Research Project
Total Upper Division ≥27
Total Environmental Policy major requirements ≥55
CORE Requirements 31
Electives Up to 34
TOTAL (At least 42 credits must be upper division) 120