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.

Environmental Policy

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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Lower Division

Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.

BIOL 101,105Biology l and Lab4
BIOL 102,106Biology ll and Lab4
CHEM or ESCIChemistry l or Geology l and Lab4
ECON 101Microeconomics3
ECON 102Macroeconomics3
INTL 221Political and Economic Geography3
INTL 252International Environmental Issues3
MATH 251Statistics4
Total Credits28
Upper Division
BIOL 381, 385Ecology and Lab4
ENVP 423Environmental Planning and Public Policy4
ENVP 425Environmental Law4
MATH 351Biological Statistics3
ENVP 471Research Methods in ENVP Policy2 or 3
ENVP 390 or 481Internship or Senior Research in ENV Policy1+
Total Credits18+
Electives  – Select three
BIOL 356Birds of the Eastern Sierra & Great Basin
BOL 357Lake Tahoe Basin Ecosystems
BIOL 358Desert and Montane Ecosystems
BIOL 359Great Basin Flora
BIOL 386Intertidal Ecology of the Central Pac. Coast
BIOL 407Conservation Biology
BIOL 420Tropical Field Biology
ENVS 353Alternative Energy Systems l
ENVS 354Alternative Energy Systems ll
ENVS 355, 356Environmental Engineering and Lab
Elective within major
Total Credits9
Total Upper Division Credits27+

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2014-2015 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.