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GEP Majors & Minor

Our two majors degrees and the minor in GEP expose students to a wide range of fields, including environmental policy and management, social and economic development, geospatial science, conservation and restoration, geomorphology, watershed management, weather and climate, energy management and design and urban and environmental planning. The two BA and BS options allow students to choose a study program that matches their strengths and interests.

This degree focuses on environmental policy, urban planning and sustainable development. It is a great choice for students who want to understand the root causes of environmental problems and help promote a more sustainable and just world. Students pursuing this degree come to understand the complex economic, political, cultural and ecological issues that underlie environmental problems. Graduates pursue careers in fields such as conservation and resource management, environmental policy, planning and law, sustainable community development, energy and transportation policy, and urban and land use planning.

This degree emphasizes the application of natural and geospatial sciences while solving problems in environmental management. It is designed for who would like to develop their math, computer, and natural-science skills more deeply and apply those skills into their future jobs. Graduates go on to careers in fields such as watershed and forest management, environmental restoration and conservation science, geographic information system (GIS) analysis, and sustainable energy management and design.

This minor provides an opportunity for students to compliment their major degree with suite of courses that develops their understanding of the environmental systems, policies, and management. Some students use this minor to develop specific technical and professional skills that are available through the department (such as GIS, data analysis, and planning. Others choose to deepen their understanding of human-environment relations more broadly, using the minor to explore a wide range of courses available within the department.