Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning

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Develop an understanding of factors affecting policy and implementation of policies by cultivating skills for policy analysis in fields related to environmental quality.

The major in environmental policy analysis and planning develops an understanding of governmental policy-making and skills for analyzing policy in fields related to environmental quality.

Any student in good standing is eligible to transfer to the major; to do so, please see the major adviser, Jim Sanchirico in 2012 Wickson Hall or Melissa Whaley in 2134 Wickson Hall.

The program

This major provides students with a general background in the natural sciences relevant to environmental policy. It also provides sufficient training in mathematics, statistics, and research methodology to quantitatively analyze environmental problems and policy options. A strong background in policy analysis, including the evaluation of policy alternatives and the study of factors affecting policy formulation and implementation is included. In addition, students are encouraged to develop substantive knowledge in a specific field of environmental policy, such as urban and regional planning, water pollution control, or energy


Career options

  • Air pollution Mitigation Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Carbon Credit Manager
  • City or Regional Planner
  • Climate Change Policy Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Energy Economist
  • Energy Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Planner & Analyst
  • Government Executive and Legislator
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Recycling Analyst
  • Science Writer
  • Transportation Planner
  • Urban Planner
  • Waste Management Analyst
  • Water Quality Analyst

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Master Advisor:
Jim Sanchirico
2102 Wickson Hall
(530) 752-7183

Staff Advisor:
Melissa Whaley
2134 Wickson Hall


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