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Pursue a path to sustainability by acquiring green-related knowledge and skills that could make you an asset to employers in a variety of settings.* Our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management degree offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to study environmental issues and policy by exploring the interrelationship between public and private sectors and society, economics, and the environment.
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You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the environmental policy-making process and develop the knowledge base to create and enforce policies in a variety of fields. This degree program curriculum focuses on the environment in conjunction with a set of core courses in science, economics, and policy.
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Eligible students in this bachelor's degree program who want to continue on to pursue a master's degree within an area of legal studies may be interested in the accelerated master's degree option. Students complete graduate-level courses within this undergraduate plan of study. Once accepted to the master's degree program, students transfer in the graduate courses and matriculate into a shortened degree plan. This accelerated option allows students to complete both their bachelor's degree and master's degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Accelerated options are offered for the following programs. Qualification for accelerated options is subject to eligibility requirements.
The green economy expansion has created a cluster of new occupations.† Make an impact in the green economy with a degree program that could help prepare you to pursue a career in industries ranging from environmentally regulated businesses to government agencies to nonprofit environmental advocacy groups. Explore a range of careers in the environmental field including: sustainability coordinator, corporate environmental specialist, environmental policy consultant or advisor, compliance specialist, or environmental planner.*
If you already have an associate's degree from another accredited institution, our advanced start program may help you earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management in as little as two years.‡
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Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional or as a legal specialist.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course will explore the origins of the major environmental laws and their intent, structure, and limitations in the United States. It will examine the laws’ evolution and implementation over the past few decades with particular focus on the relationship between the federal government and the states. The course will also address the subsequent rise of the environmental movement and its influence on legislation.
This course is designed to provide an
introduction to the study of environmental politics and policy in
the United States from federal to state and local levels. It
explores the role of key policy groups in environmental policy
formation and implementation. Additionally, there is an
examination of the role of grassroots movements in shaping public
This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
MM 150 or higher
This course will introduce students to the
basic concepts, principles, and theories of ethics and
demonstrate the role that these might play in the formation of
public policy. The course will also survey various social issues,
explore current policies that deal with them, and subject these
policies to an ethics analysis. The overall aim of the course is
to assist students in developing their critical thinking skills
and to persuasively argue their position on the ethics of
individual public policy programs.
This course is intended to enable participants
to understand, evaluate, and reflect on leadership as well as
develop their own leadership skills through experiential
exercises. It will examine the nature and varieties of leadership
by elected and appointed officials in government, officials and
volunteers in nonprofit organizations, leaders of political
movements, and community groups.
This course offers students a chance to apply
basic scientific principles to an exploration of the environment
and the role of humans within it. The course addresses the
interrelationships between natural systems and the increasingly
industrial, technological societies humans create. Students will
examine a variety of ethical and cultural perspectives on nature
and the environment, with an eye toward giving students the
skills to think critically about global challenges such as
energy, food, population, and climate change. As part of this
ongoing analysis, students will examine how they might be able to
apply sustainable living concepts to their personal lives and
reduce their own carbon footprint.
This course will focus on environmental policy
analysis from the perspective of economics and management.
Students will examine the economic concepts of efficiency,
valuation criteria, instrument design, and cost analysis.
Particular attention will be paid to the application of economic
principles and related techniques to support decision making and
policy in pursuit of sustainable development.
This course will explore the impact of social and economic processes on the global environment. Students will examine global ecological interdependence and its implications for the institutions of governance, both nationally and internationally.
Students will examine how developing and
analyzing environmental policies involves balancing social,
political, and economic considerations. This course encompasses
the process of policy analysis, stakeholder impact, methods of
analyzing and selecting the most appropriate policy response, and
the effective communication of results to constituents and
This course is an exploration of the statutory and regulatory basis of environmental law and will provide a basic overview of the major state and federal acts and regulations governing environmental law.
This course provides students with a view of constitutional law's historical development of legal principles as well as the philosophical foundations of American legal principles. Significant trends in constitutional law as well as current issues in development of law and the balance between bureaucracy and democracy in a free society are presented.
This course provides a basic overview of
administrative law and procedure. In addition to identifying
sources of administrative law and procedure, this course covers
agency actions, controls on agency actions, administrative
hearings, and appellate procedures for administrative
This course examines the public budgetary
process and related financial management techniques. It reviews
the rationale for government intervention in the marketplace and
rationale for sources of public revenue. The course will equip
students with the knowledge, vocabulary, skills, and practical
tools needed to participate skillfully and ethically in public
finance decision making, and to assume a leadership role in
guiding dialogue about resource acquisition and allocation
Public-private partnerships provide a unique
way for the government and private developers to work together to
create sustainable and profitable urban infill developments. This
course explores the structure of private and public sector
partnerships and their unique interrelationship in support of
government and municipal projects.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills required throughout their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program. Students will conduct an approved research project under the supervision of a program chair or full-time faculty member in the School.
Last term or permission from the
This course covers the essentials of writing
to acquire grants for private, public, or government use.
Students will learn how to interpret the RFP, shape proposal
concepts, and create needs statements, goals, objectives,
strategies, and program budgets. Topics include writing,
researching, and obtaining and maintaining operations and
strategies within the grant system.
Students will study the methods and techniques
used to assess effectiveness and monitor the performance of
programs. Specific attention is given to theories, research, and
practice related to program evaluation. The skills learned in
this course will assist the practitioner in determining the
effectiveness of new or existing programs in public
Total Program Credits: 180
Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.
Total Program Credits: 90
Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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† Source: O*Net OnLine, The Green Economy, on the Internet at http://www.onetcenter.org/green.html?p=2.
‡ Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and credits considered to be remedial, occupational, or specialized may not be accepted for transfer. Average completion time based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete. Refer to the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit policy.