Environmental Studies & Policy Major Curriculum

The policy makers of the future will need to be highly skilled experts in their specific fields. Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Environmental Studies & Policy classes beginning in your first semester, so you have more time to hone your skills and learn the intricacies of the challenges we face. Your classes, coupled with work experience through internships, will make you a desirable job candidate in this urgently in-demand profession.

This program has built-in flexibility to allow you to take a minor, such as Marketing, Business Administration, Communication, Organizational Innovation, Global Studies, or Law, creating a powerful advantage for you in the marketplace.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? The Environmental Studies & Policy faculty built the curriculum so you can study abroad without getting behind on required courses for your major.

Environmental Studies & Policy Curriculum 2020–2021


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Environmental Issues
(ENP 100)

Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Introduction to Psychology
(PSY 100)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____ 
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Environmental History: Traditions & Possibilities
(ENP 150)

Environmental Earth Science
(SCI 150)

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Sustainability & Environmental Policy
(ENP 200)

Research Methods in Social Work
(SWK 280)

Foundations of Ecology
(SCI 210)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Second Semester

Environmental Policy & Globalization
(ENP 250)

Food Systems & Policy
(ENP 270)

Survey of Economics
(ECN 110)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Environmental Justice
(ENP 310)

Environmental Law
(ENP 360)

Advanced Environmental Science
(SCI 310)

1-credit elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Place-Based Environmental Study
(ENP 300)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Environmental Studies & Policy elective

Minor or general elective course


Fourth Year

First Semester

Environmental Policy Assessment & Development
(ENP 400)

Ecological Economics
(ENP 410)

Environmental Decision Making
(ENP 450)

Minor or general elective course

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410ENP)

Environmental Policy Internship
(ENP 490)

Minor or general elective course

Minor or general elective course