Environmental Policy and Analysis

Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

The environmental policy and analysis major was developed for students committed to environmental quality with a strong interest in the economic, political and social aspects of environmental issues. Through this program, students consider the values that affect use of the world’s resources and learn to develop strategies that initiate change. Graduates are able to demonstrate that conflicting environmental positions can be resolved through negotiation and compromise, and are able to be on the forefront in implementing productive change. While at BGSU, students are encouraged to participate in service-learning opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills while helping their community.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for environmental policy and analysis graduates are varied and numerous. Many industries need our graduates to help them meet environmental regulatory challenges, and to move forward in developing sustainable business practices. Government provides many opportunities for our graduates working as program administrators and managers. Examples of the type of opportunities available include work in outdoor recreation, technical writing, public relations, and design and conservation of natural areas and preserves. Increasing recognition of the need to reuse and recycle resources has led to increased opportunities in solid waste management and pollution prevention.

Teachers are needed for nature centers, travel and adventure programs. The need to develop sustainable practices has emerged as a ubiquitous societal need, offering new and exciting career opportunities. Students often use the policy and analysis program as preparation for continued academic work leading to graduate degrees in law, planning or public administration.


The environmental policy and analysis major is broadly interdisciplinary, requiring courses in natural science, social science and the humanities. It is located in the Department of the Environment and Sustainability. Students take a course in biology and two other science courses, economics, political science, and environmental studies, law, technical writing, geography, and statistics. Flexibility in the requirements encourages students to concentrate on individual interest areas. Each student selects a specialization: Sustainable Management, Restoration, Education & Interpretation, Watershed Management, or Geospatial Analysis to prepare for specific career.

Special Features

In the junior year each student identifies a career goal and selects a specialization that will provide knowledge and skills in preparation for future employment

Valuable opportunities are available through a required independent study or internship. An internship coordinator assists students in locating rewarding experiences. Career seminar classes provide information about work opportunities and responsibilities. Students are encouraged to select a study abroad semester assisted by the Department to provide an environmental experience within a new culture. Internships in the host country may be part of the international opportunity.

The capstone Environmental Impact Statement course gives all students experience in researching and developing real documents required by law. Working as part of a team, students find solutions to real-world problems, many of which are implemented on the campus or within the larger community. New courses in Environmental Planning, Environmental Justice and Geospatial Science assure that the graduates are on the cutting-edge of the profession. Numerous opportunities for student led activities are available within specialized student organizations, including opportunities to work on projects leading to campus sustainability.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use.

Department of the Environment and Sustainability Highlights

BGSU recently brought together the degree programs in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, and Environmental Policy and Analysis into a single department. This change has expanded our faculty and physical resources and helps us integrate among complementary disciplines. We believe that our department puts BGSU on the forefront preparing students for their careers and to take advantage of future opportunities in a rapidly changing world.

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Environmental Policy and Analysis, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: