Environmental Science & Policy

The Environmental Science and Policy Program offers a variety of options for Plymouth State University students.

  • We offer two routes to a BS in Environmental Science and Policy
    • The science option allows you to gain a scientific understanding of our environment
    • With the policy option you will acquire a knowledge of the economic and governmental impacts for the environment.
  • We assist with the sustainability minor and our majors enjoy studying other minors.
  • There are also many other elective courses offered so that you can explore a wide range of environmental subjects

The BS degree in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to expand students’ understanding of the natural, social and physical dimensions of environmental issues. The program’s multidisciplinary approach helps students develop the ability to think analytically and creatively about environmental issues to be able to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as the social, political and economic factors that shape appropriate management and policy responses.  All majors take a core of integrated science and policy courses for a foundation and choose to specialize in either a science or policy option for upper level elective courses. Students are encouraged to pursue independent study, research, and internship experiences early in their academic careers; the Department provides STAR (Student Travel and Research Awards) to support students in such endeavors during the academic year as well as during the summers.  Graduates obtain jobs with natural resource organizations and state agencies as well as with private industries and consulting companies and some pursue advanced degrees in related fields.

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree Requirements

The goal of the Environmental Science & Policy program is simple—to prepare graduates of the program to meaningfully address environmental issues in the Lakes Region and around the world. The program produces graduates well-versed in complex fields and social and environmental disciplines.

The degree program includes classes from the social science program, the three science departments, the business, math and English departments. Additional support comes from regular lectures provided by the Center for the Environment’s colloquium series and other on campus environmental organizations.

The BS in Environmental Science and Policy program prepares students for careers in government and non-government organizations, consulting firms, and further studies at the graduate level. There are two options within the program, a community and environmental focus and an environmental science focus. Both options develop an understanding of the science of environmental issues and the application of policy to social and cultural interests of industry and communities. The program functions in collaboration with the Center for the Environment and encourages student research and service-learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to design a program that will address both their environmental and policy interests.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

Courses Required in Each Option

Environmental Policy
Environmental Science

Tourism, Environment, and Sustainable Development