The Program

Students in the Environmental Analysis & Policy (EAP) major are trained broadly in the social sciences with a clearly defined specialization in the environmental field. Students receive an extensive introduction to the principle energy, resource, and environmental issues that confront society, and the analytical tools that are used to understand them.

Such tools include cost-benefit analysis, basic computer modeling skills, policy formulation and analysis, technology assessment, and statistics. Students learn about the social and institutional framework in which environmental and natural resource planning, management, and policy making take place. Students take classes in the natural and physical sciences to ensure they understand the biophysical basis of environmental issues. A number of students double-major in related disciplines such as mathematics, economics, political science, international relations, and geography.

There are many career options for students with a degree in Environmental Analysis & Policy. Graduate programs, including the Department’s MA in Energy & Environment, MA in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, and PhD in Earth & Environment, are available in fields that include resource and environmental economics, law school, resource management, and environmental policy. Students gain a strong set of analytical tools that are in high demand with government agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations that all deal with a wide range of environmental analysis or energy and policy making.

The EAP curriculum consists of a set of core classes and a specialization area. With the assistance of a faculty advisor, students choose an area of specialization by their junior year that allows them to focus on a particular subfield of environmental analysis and policy.