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Environmental Policy Program

Environmental has evolved into a discipline that seeks remedies for ecological disturbances. Environmental policy majors engage in an interdisciplinary study of humankind’s impact on nature. Those in the field may study policy on polluted areas, advise environmental officials and promote waste reduction in the industry.

Environmental policy students combine an understanding of environmental problems with knowledge of human needs, history, politics and economics to derive practical solutions to environmental issues. Students complete TU’s liberal arts core curriculum in the The University of Tulsa’s Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, which emphasizes general knowledge in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and writing and communication skills.

The bachelor of arts/science in environmental policy advances general education through courses in environmental science and public policy. Some requirements include general chemistry, statistics for social sciences, environmental biology, physical geography, elementary economic theory, population ecology, public policy and the environment and economics of the environment.

Students can custom design their degree plan based on their area of strength and choose elective courses such as field ecology, plant diversity, environmental anthropology, hazardous substances, constitutional law or environmental issues in developing nations. Through a special arrangement with the TU College of Law, environmental policy undergraduates are permitted to take law courses related to environmental issues. This flexibility allows students to tailor their program and specialize in one of the many environmental fields.

Program Objectives

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in both the natural sciences and the social sciences.
  2. Develop an ability to connect material between different disciplines with regard to an environmental topic.
  3. Be successful in their post-graduate academic life and careers.
  4. Become passionate about learning and analyzing environmental challenges.
Typical Four Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and Argumentation First Seminar
Mathematics with Applications Block II – Sociological Imagination
Beginning Language I Beginning Language II
Block I Elective Block II – Principles of Econ I: Macroeconomics
College Experience Block III – General Chemistry I + Lab
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Intermediate Language I Intermediate Language II
Block II – Principles of Econ II: Microeconomics Intro to Organic Evolutionary Biology + Lab
Block III – Physical Geology + Lab Block I Elective
Chemistry II + Lab Block II Elective
Environment and Humanity Environmentalism
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Population and Ecology US Environmental History
Field Ecology Resources and Environment
Minor Elective Earth Resources
General Elective Minor Elective
General Elective General Elective
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Environmental Sociology Applied Econometrics
Policy Analysis Environmental Ethics and Conservation
Minor Elective History of the Biosphere
General Elective Minor Elective
General Elective Senior Project
Majors

Environmental Policy, B.A.

Provides students with an understanding of the scientific basis for environmental problems with knowledge of human needs, history, politics, and economics to derive practical solutions to environmental issues.


Environmental Policy, B.S.

An interdisciplinary program that combines an understanding of the scientific basis for environmental problems with knowledge of human needs, history, politics, and economics to derive practical solutions to environmental issues.

Contact the Director

Meet the Director of Environmental Policy Program and Professor of Economics Chad Settle.