Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment
116-125 credits (Phase I, Phase II and Major)
Introduction/What is the Study of Environmental Policy?
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?
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
If you are interested in the Environmental Policy (Extension), BA major, you must first complete either; a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree or the equivalent to Western Washington University’s General University Requirements. You can decide to become an Environmental Policy major at any time. It is advantageous to plan for your major during your freshman or sophomore year, as prerequisite classes can be a part of earning your DTA. Contact the program manager (see below) to develop a plan for completing the prerequisite courses while earning your DTA. Your email can be added to the “interested students: distribution list for Huxley on the Peninsulas and you will begin to receive notifications, general announcements, and information about jobs, internships, or research opportunities.
Important information about admission to the ENVS major:
1. Phase l: Most students complete the Environmental Policy major Phase I, while completing their DTA associates degree. The Phase I prerequisites must be complete before admission into Huxley on the Peninsulas. Phase I prerequisites include BIOL 101 or 204, PLSC 250, ECON 206, Math 114 or equivalent or higher, CHEM 121, as well as Math 240 (or equivalent), ENVS 203, plus a DTA.
2. Phase ll: Admission to Phase II is a competitive process and requires the coursework above and a satisfactory GPA in all coursework. You must then submit two applications: the Extension Undergraduate Program at http://admissions.wwu.edu/print/EESPExtensionUGApp.pdf and a Huxley on the Peninsulas application that lists relevant experience and includes a 1-2 page essay describing your reasons for wanting to enter into the Environmental Policy major. Applications are obtained from the program manager and accepted in the spring for fall admittance.
3. Changes to your major during Phase II require completing a new declaration card.
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bluestein-Johnson, program manager, by phone (360-417-6521) or Nancy.Bluestein-Johnson@wwu.edu
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.