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.
Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) is an interdisciplinary program designed to explore and understand the effects of humans on the Earth’s ecosystems, biodiversity, processes, and how changes to our planet affect humans. We examine past, current, and future environmental issues through a hands-on, minds-on approach that incorporates extensive outdoor and project-based learning experiences. Through a comprehensive core curriculum, students develop deep, applied understanding of the science of environmental issues and policy-based approaches to resolving them. The ESP program promotes engagement with off-campus partners (ex: federal and state agencies, non-governmental environmental stewardship groups) through class projects and customized student research and/or internship experiences. Collectively the ESP program provides students a springboard toward environmental careers within governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and the pursuit of graduate education.
Students customize their experience in the program by pursuing one of two program options: Policy and Planning or Science. Specialized courses distinguish each option. Both options lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
- Policy and Planning: courses focus on regulatory and human behavior approaches to environmental challenges.
- Science: courses focus on measuring, monitoring and surveying the natural world to identify and understand mechanistic drivers of environmental problems.