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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy & Management

Are you interested in a career that draws upon knowledge in both the physical and social sciences? If so, Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management degree may be right for you. Read more about this online bachelor's degree program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management online degree program at Purdue University Global is designed to build your expertise in environmental policy to advance in a wide range of fields. Gain specialized knowledge in the creation, management, and enforcement of environmental policies through coursework focusing on the politics and ethics of public administration; socially responsible leadership; environmental science; policy analysis; environmental, constitutional, and administrative law; and public sector economics. Complete a capstone project in which you use the knowledge you have gained to solve real-world environmental management challenges. Career opportunities you might pursue as a graduate include sustainability coordinator or director, compliance specialist, city or community planner, or regulatory affairs specialist. Earn your degree 100% online, on your schedule. Complete graduate courses as part of the program to get a head start on a future Purdue Global public administration, legal studies, human services, educational psychology, or psychology master's degree.*

What Are the Prerequisites?

Students considering applying to Purdue Global's BS in Environmental Policy and Management program should be interested in environmental issues and U.S. policy and have both strong writing and analytical skills. Candidates must meet the general admission requirements for Purdue Global University which includes having earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Students enrolled in this Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management program are required to complete 180 total credit hours, which are divided between three types of courses. 90 of the credits are granted through the completion of the major requirements, 40 credits are granted through the core requirements, and 50 come from open electives.

Major Requirements

Course CodeCourse Title
LS100Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession
EM101Introduction to Environmental Policy and Management
EM205The Politics of Managing the Environment
PP110Ethics and Public Administration
PP220Socially Responsible Leadership
EM305The Economics of Environmental Management
EM410The Global Environment
EM430Environmental Policy Analysis
LS302Environmental Law and Policy
LS305Constitutional Law
PA301Administrative Law
PP310Finance and Budgeting in the Public Sector
PP420Private and Public Sector Partnerships
PP450Program Evaluation
EM499Bachelor's Capstone in Environmental Policy and Management

Core Requirements

Course CodeCourse Title
CM107College Composition I
CM1220College Composition II
CS212Communicating Professionalism
SC225Environmental Science - Ecosystems, Resources, and Carbon Footprints
Choose one of the following:
MM150Survey of Mathematics
MM212College Algebra
Choose one of the following:
HU200Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
HU250Humanities and Culture
Choose one of the following:
SC200Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
SC235General Biology I - Human Perspectives
SC246Fundamentals of Microbiology
SC250Fundamentals of Science
Choose one of the following:
SS211The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
SS236People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
SS250The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Open Elective Requirements

Course CodeCourse Title
50 credits of Open Electives

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As the green economy continues to expand, new green economy jobs and related occupations continue to grow as well. Students who successfully complete Purdue Global's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management program could be equipped with fundamental knowledge of the U.S. government, policy writing, and environmental management and may have gained the necessary leadership skills to begin a career in a green industry. Graduates may be able to pursue, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Regulatory affairs specialist
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Compliance specialist
  • Environmental advocate

Advanced Degrees

Purdue University Global offers accelerated master's programs that allow students to take graduate-level coursework as part of their open electives while completing their Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management degree. Achieving a higher-level degree may allow students to take on more advanced roles or additional responsibilities in the workplace. Graduates of this Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management program could pursue a more advanced degree through Purdue Global in the following areas:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Juris Doctor
  • Executive Juris Doctor

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about admissions requirements and transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.