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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Environmental Policy and Decision Making

Environmental Policy and Decision Making explores the protection of long-term natural resource use and environmental quality through changes in human behavior and policy. Students study the economic and social forces that impact decision making across society, giving particular consideration to how policies are formulated and implemented and what impact they will have on society as well as how to best engage individuals and communities to respond to environmental challenges. Students completing this program earn the degree Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources. Students have the opportunity to specialize in the following areas:

Communication and Behavior Change This specialization focuses on how best to communicate environmental, science and risk information to public audiences. Students will learn what motivates individuals to act to protect the environment and how best to frame information to engage the public in pro-environmental behavior.
Environmental and Social Justice This specialization focuses on the local and global inequality in access to and control over resources, the impact this has on livelihoods, and how corporations and policies can contribute to both solutions and problems faced by disadvantaged populations.
International Policy and Law This specialization focuses on global issues specific to particular areas of the world. Students will learn about the details of the law and the legal system, the political decision making process, the evaluation of laws related to their stated objectives, and how legal institutions interact with social institutions.
Policy and Governance This specialization focuses on understanding how policies that affect the environment and natural resources are designed and implemented.
Pre-Law This specialization introduces students to the specifics of the U.S. law and legal process, political theory, and law and policy evaluation.
Possible Career Options
Conservation Officer Environmental Lawyer*
Environmental Program Manager Environmental Scientist
International/Policy Specialist Lobbyist
Wastewater Plant Manager  

* Additional Education Required

Classes and Curriculum
Communication and Behavior Change Students can take courses in risk communication, principles of environmental campaigns, environmental anthropology, and consumer behavior.
Environmental and Social Justice Students can take classes in social groups in developing societies, environmental justice, urban political geography, and planning for and with people.
International Policy and Law Students can take courses in international law, politics of the developing world, social groups in developing societies, and food security and globalization.
Policy and Governance Students can take classes in public policy analysis, ethics and public policy, public budgeting, and resolving social conflict.
Pre-Law Students can take courses in introduction to political theory, intro to law and society, agribusiness law, and politics of legal decision making.
After Graduation
73.7% 15.8% 10.5%

* Numbers are based on responses from graduates at six months post-graduation date.

** Average Salary: $30,874

Getting Involved
Esther DeBusk
Scholars and Recruitment Coordinator
School of Environment and Natural Resources
(614) 688-1904


Hannah Zimmerman
Coordinator of Prospective Student Services
(614) 247-6685