Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management

Evn Scn Policy Mng

If you're interested in environmental issues, this major has many options! Learn about global environmental challenges and possible solutions. Your studies will open the door to forward-thinking career paths that make a real difference in the world.

What can I specialize in with this major?

Students in this major choose one of the tracks listed below:

  • Conservation and Resource Management: This track focuses on land use and the sustainable management of natural resources. It looks at forests, farms, cities, and wetlands. Students investigate the causes and solutions to environmental problems created by human action.

  • Environmental Education and Communication: This track focuses on teaching the public about environmental issues. You'll learn about environmental science and ethics, and gain the skills to teach and communicate with diverse audiences in many settings.

  • Environmental Science: This track focuses on science and the solutions to complex environmental problems. Students will use biology, chemistry, physics and math to analyze the impact of human activity on natural landscapes. You'll also learn how to communicate scientific information to resource managers, policy makers, and the public.

  • Policy, Planning, Law and Society: This track looks at the ways humans and nature interact. You'll focus on environmental issues and solutions through the lens of policy, law, economics, politics, and management. Topics include ethics, conflict management, and innovative solutions to land use and conservation.

What jobs can I get with this major?

The Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management major (ESPM) prepares you for jobs that protect, analyze and manage natural resources. The track you choose will give you additional expertise.

Environmental issues cause problems with ecosystems, water quality, climate change and pollution. For solutions, the world needs environmental professionals who can collaborate and lead.

Places you might work include conservation groups, private consulting firms, energy companies, environmental advocacy groups, recycling companies, government agencies, health and safety departments, corporate divisions for environmental regulation, and more.

Some ESPM majors go on to graduate school in law, policy or sciences. This opens the door to jobs like environmental lawyer, scientist, professor, policy analyst, sustainability director, and much more.

See sample job titles from the Career and Internship Services office. This office offers individual career guidance to all CFANS students.

What classes are required? What's the curriculum like?

This major includes classes in science, management, policy, education, and business. All ESPM students take core courses in communication, basic and applied sciences, policy, and economics. Additional coursework will depend on your track. ESPM students also get hands-on experience outside the classroom, which employers and graduate schools seek.

Find ESPM program requirements (for each track) in the University Catalog. For more academic planning information, including sample "4-Year Plans" and curriculum guides, see ESPM Tracks, which leads to links and details for each of the four ESPM tracks.

After you're admitted to CFANS, you'll work with an academic advisor to enroll in classes that fulfill this major's requirements. Your CFANS advisors will help guide you toward academic success.