Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior

Rutgers - New Brunswick
  • B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior
  • Options:
    • Environmental and Health Communication
    • Health and Environmental Policy
    • Individual Option
    • International Environmental Resource Policy
    • U.S. Environmental Resource Policy
The program in environmental policy, institutions, and behavior is concerned with the human dimensions of environmental problems. The major explores how human actions affect the environment, how societies adapt to changes in natural resource availability, and how different sectors respond to environmental hazards. Courses in the program deal with local, national, and international differences in the use of resources; social and environmental aspects of health and illness; alternative strategies for environmental management; the ethical, moral, and legal dimensions of environmental and resources issues; and the roles of governmental and nongovernmental agencies in environmental affairs. To understand these topics, students are exposed to a multidisciplinary view of the environment and draw upon concepts from a variety of fields, including anthropology, ecology, economics, geography, history, sociology, political science, and psychology. Students learn techniques of empirical research, gain experience in real-world situations, and acquire practical skills such as professional writing and data analysis. Majors broaden their knowledge of environmental problems and how people cope with them. Graduates are prepared for careers in health and environmental agencies at all levels of government, nonprofit organizations in the United States and internationally, and private companies, including environmental consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, and "green" businesses. Some students also pursue graduate or professional studies in the social sciences, public health and medicine, public administration, law, and international development.
Colleges Offering Curriculum

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences