China and many other countries in the world face environmental challenges including heavy air pollution, decreasing water quality, desertification, loss of natural areas and biodiversity, and social and environmental problems. Addressing these challenges requires interdisciplinary training to develop an understanding of the complex interactions between our environment and human society. The Public Policy track in Environmental Science provides specific additional training in broad policy skills and methods.

Career Path

Graduates can enter professions in environment, policy, and renewable energy with employers including non-governmental organizations, government agencies, consulting companies, research institutions, and universities. Some will also choose to pursue graduate study.

Divisional Foundation courses:

  • Mathematical Foundations 1
  • Integrated Science 1 & 2
  • Decision Making under Uncertainty
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science

Interdisciplinary Studies courses:

  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Applied Environmental Science and Policy
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Dynamic Earth and Oceans: Physical and Biological Sciences for the Environment
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Environmental Economics

Disciplinary Studies courses:

  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis
  • Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Science
  • Environment and Development Economics
  • Community-based Environmental Management
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Global Environmental Health: Economics and Policy
  • Environmental Justice