Based on which field you want to go into, from law to policy to architecture, our emphases can help you focus your degree to succeed in the workforce:
Interested in creating a more sustainable world through public policy? Then the environmental policy emphasis is for you. It focuses on environmental policy development and implementation; methods of policy analysis; and political, administrative, legal and economic issues in environmental policy. You'll be prepared for employment in the public, nonprofit and private market sectors as environmental policy analysts, specialists in public information, environmental managers, government workers and related careers, as well as for graduate work in environmental studies, public policy, public affairs, administration and law.
Environmental Policy Sheet
Learn how to plan communities so you can protect the environment too. Environmental planning focuses on sustainable land use and planning methods for human settlements and surrounding environments in an era of climate change and resource scarcity. This emphasis teaches you skills in management of land and natural resources, techniques in geographic information systems and how to adapt to the accelerating human influences on our environment.
Environmental Planning Sheet
Regional Planning & Environmental Design
Environmental problems can't only be solved at the federal level; our communities have to focus on a better world too. With the regional planning and environmental design emphasis, you'll implement creative problem-solving techniques in defining, analyzing and solving problems in the built environment at human scale. Topics include basic graphic and verbal presentation techniques and relationships between form, the natural environment, people and function. With this emphasis, you'll be prepared for careers and graduate work in architecture, environmental planning, urban and regional planning and community-based non-profit organizations.
Regional Planning & Design Sheet
Environmental Policy & Planning Minor
Similar to the major, you'll develop knowledge and skills in planning, decision-making, public policy, environmental design, political and economic processes. Popular majors that pair well with the minor include environmental science, public administration, political science and democracy and justice studies.