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What is environmental policy?

The environmental policy option is rooted in science with a focus on environmental rules and regulations needed to manage our resources.

Why environmental policy?

With the environmental policy option, you will learn the key environmental policies and laws that are used to protect the environment. This option will prepare you to work for federal, state and private organizations in the application of environmental protection policies, as well as preparing you to potentially attend law school.

Career paths

Our graduates can look forward to a career in one or more of the following fields:


Jobs within the environmental science field are projected to grow 11 percent through 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Hands-on learning

Many courses in the environmental science program are hands-on and designed to immerse you in the field, providing you with the opportunity to address environmental problems from the standpoint of ethics, risk, and scientific and social feasibility. For example, the senior-level capstone class features a team-based project, which helps students develop real-world experience as they work with professionals in environmental science related fields.


A multi-faceted approach

The environmental science undergraduate major is a multidisciplinary major directly supported by faculty from several departments within the Ferguson College of Agriculture: agricultural economics, biosystems and agricultural engineering, entomology and plant pathology, horticulture and landscape architecture, natural resource ecology and management, and plant and soil sciences. The combined approach, and experience of the faculty members, will give you a unique and multi-faceted academic career.


Undergraduate research

As an environmental science student, you will benefit from working with faculty who are conducting cutting-edge research involving environmental problems. The Ferguson College of Agriculture has long been committed to fostering research opportunities and partnerships that lead to scholastic achievement, societal improvements, technological innovation and economic revitalization.

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