Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

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.

Explore the latest case studies, research, and knowledge as you learn from professors with real-world expertise in the environmental and sustainability fields. And enjoy collaborating with professors and classmates via live seminars, discussions boards, and one-on-one instructor interaction.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management Program Highlights

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. 

This program is designed to teach you:

  • Research Methods: Apply methods and tools to retrieve, analyze, and utilize primary and secondary sources of information and data
  • Socially Responsible Leadership: Apply principles of social responsibility to decision-making actions and interactions
  • Environmental Management: Apply concepts, theories, and principles of environmental management to evaluate and recommend solutions for managing the environment
  • Environmental Policy and Law: Assess environmental policy and its impact on local, state, and national systems and communities
  • Global Environmental Issues: Analyze issues of the environment within the context of the global arena

Fast Track to Your Master’s Degree

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.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

Your Degree Could Lead to Greener Career Paths

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.*

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Bachelor's Core

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This 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. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      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 students a 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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      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 course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 95

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • LS 100: INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW AND LEGAL PROFESSION Change

      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.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • EM 101: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND MANAGEMENT Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • EM 205: THE POLITICS OF MANAGING THE ENVIRONMENT Change

      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 policies.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      EM 101

    • MM 207: STATISTICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 150 or higher

    • PP 110: ETHICS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      EM 101

    • PP 220: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      EM 101

    • SC 225: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE—ECOSYSTEMS, RESOURCES, AND CARBON FOOTPRINTS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • EM 305: THE ECONOMICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 207

    • EM 410: THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • EM 430: ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANALYSIS Change

      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 policymakers.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      EM 101

    • LS 302: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

    • LS 305: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

    • PA 301: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Change

      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 decisions.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      PA 110

    • PP 310: FINANCE AND BUDGETING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR Change

      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 choices.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      EM 101

    • PP 420: PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      EM 101

    • PP 450: PROGRAM EVALUATION Change

      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 organizations.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      EM 101

    • EM 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND MANAGEMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 52

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • OPEN ELECTIVES Change

       

      Credits:

      52

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A

      Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

Curriculum: Concentration

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