Jun 23, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Policy (Extension), BA

Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment

76-83 credits


The interdisciplinary program in Environmental Policy (Extension) is offered at off-site locations and prepares students to enter professional fields concerned with the sustainability of the human and natural environment. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote positive change by solving problems and implementing shared visions in both natural settings and urban communities. The Environmental Policy Emphasis concentrates in public policy development, sustainability, law and decision-making. Exact off site locations are listed in the Extended Education  section of this catalog.

Why Consider an Extension Environmental Policy Major?


 Contact Information

Website: www.wwu.edu/ee/huxley 

Faculty Advisor
Troy D. Abel
Huxley on the Peninsulas

Professional Advisor
Nancy Bluestein-Johnson
Huxley on the Peninsulas

 Sample Careers

Environmental Lawyer | County Planner | Environmental Public Relations | Director of Non-Profit Organizations | Municipal government | Environmental Advocacy

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Applicants interested in the Environmental Policy (Extension), BA major, must be admitted to both Western Washington University and the Extension Program. Applicants must first complete either; a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree or the equivalent to Western Washington University’s General University Requirements. Students can decide to become an Environmental Policy major at any time. It is advantageous to plan for the major during your freshman or sophomore year, as prerequisite classes can be a part of earning your DTA. Contact the professional advisor for advising to complete the prerequisite courses while earning your DTA.

How to Apply to the Major:

Admission to the environmental policy major is a competitive process. To apply, students submit an application to Western Washington University and an application to Huxley on the Peninsulas that includes a 1-2 page essay describing your reasons for seeking to enter into the major. Environmental policy extension major applications are accepted only for fall quarter.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bluestein-Johnson, program manager, by phone 360-417-6521 or Nancy.Bluestein-Johnson@wwu.edu.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


Environmental Policy (Extension) Foundations (35-36 credits)

MATH 112 or suitable math placement score is necessary for some foundation courses, but higher-level math courses are recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to take chemistry, biology, and MATH 114 as part of their GUR courses to access upper division Environmental Science courses.

Environmental Policy (Extension) Major Core Courses (12 credits)

Culminating Courses - Capstone and Experiential (15 credits)

Huxley Capstone

Students are required to take one ENVS approved course with a capstone “CPST” attribute during their senior year. A capstone class is a field or project based class that can be taken by students from both departments (ENVS/ESCI). This class is meant to be a culminating experience for the students bringing all the varied disciplines together as applied work on a real world issue. Several capstone options are open to all Huxley College students; others have prerequisites.