Environmental Science and Policy Program Serves Growing Field

March 26th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-PSU is going green. Across the planet, there’s a surge in environmental awareness and sustainability programs. Areas like renewable energy, socially responsible investing, green buildings and eco-tourism are all attracting interest and investment. To meet this growing movement, Plymouth State University is offering a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) to provide leadership and expertise for the new green economy.

Warren Tomkiewicz, chair of the new environmental science and policy department, said the new program reflects Plymouth State University’s mission of service in areas of need.

“This new program is very timely based on current environmental issues facing local, regional and global levels,” said Tomkiewicz. “We anticipate preparing students to address these issues in an effective way for their futures and future generations to come.”

The goal of the ESP program is simple; preparing graduates of the program to make meaningful contributions to future efforts in addressing environmental issues from the Lakes Region to around the world. The new program will produce graduates well-versed in complex fields with a balance in social and environmental disciplines. The degree program includes existing classes from the social science programs, the three sciences departments and the business, english and math departments. Additional support will come from regular lectures provided by the Center for the Environment’s colloquium series and other on-campus environmental organizations.

PSU is well-prepared to offer this new degree. The program capitalizes on the expanded facilities in the new Boyd Science Center, the activities of the Center for the Environment and the many partnership and collaborative opportunities in the North Country and lakes region that provide students with first-hand experiences addressing environmental issues.

The Environmental Science and Policy degree requires 59-64 of credited coursework in the Environmental Science and Policy core and a concentration in one of two options, Community and Environment or Environmental Science. A total of 122 credits are needed to earn a bachelor’s degree. In addition, further educational opportunities are offered through this new department – a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Policy.

For more information about the Environmental Science and Policy degree program, contact
Shaughn Bolton at (603) 535- 3179 or Shaughn Bolton

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes

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