Environmental and Sustainability Studies
College Of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science

Other Concentrations

Environmental Policy and Economics Concentration

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in environmental and sustainability studies must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete a minimum of 60 credits within the major, with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course.

Of the credits required for this degree, 14 credits simultaneously fulfill core requirements for the major and Mason Core requirements, and, depending on the concentration and electives chosen, up to 9 credits may simultaneously fulfill Mason Core requirements and college BA requirements.

Twelve required core courses (42-43 credits)

Core requirements may satisfy Mason Core requirements in natural science (EVPP 110, 111) and the college BA requirement for social and behavioral science (GOVT 361).

Three courses (11-12 credits) in environmental science and society

EVPP 110 - The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I Credits: 4

EVPP 111 - The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science II Credits: 4

EVPP 377 - Applied Ecology Credits: 3


EVPP 210 - Environmental Biology: Molecules and Cells Credits: 4

EVPP 301 - Environmental Science: Biological Diversity and Ecosystems Credits: 4

EVPP 302 - Environmental Science: Biomes and Human Dimensions Credits: 4

Two courses (7 credits) in individual and group behavior

EVPP 336 - Human Dimensions of the Environment Credits: 3

INTS 334 - Environmental Justice Credits: 4

Three courses (9 credits) in business and public policy

ECON 105 - Environmental Economics for the Citizen Credits: 3

EVPP 322 - Business and Sustainability Credits: 3

EVPP 361 - Introduction to Environmental Policy Credits: 3 or GOVT 361 - Introduction to Environmental Policy Credits: 3 (satisfies the college BA requirement for social and behavioral science)

One course (4 credits) in statistics chosen from:

SOCI 313 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credits: 4

BIOL 214 - Biostatistics for Biology Majors Credits: 4 

Three courses (11 credits) in integration, analysis, innovation

INTS 210 - Sustainable World Credits: 4

EVPP 480 - Sustainability in Action Credits: 4

INTS 390 - Internship Credits: 1-6 and/or INTS 490 Internship Credits 1-6 (minimum of 3 credits required)

One Concentration (18-22 credits)

Students must complete one concentration.

Concentration in Environmental Policy and Economics (EVPE)

The requirements for this concentration satisfy the Mason Core requirement in social and behavioral science (ECON 104) and, depending on the elective chosen, may fulfill the college BA requirement in non-Western culture (ECON 362).

Four required courses (12 credits)

Completion of these courses will satisfy the Mason Core social and behavioral science requirement.

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles

EVPP 338 - Economics of Environmental Policy

EVPP 362 - Intermediate Environmental Policy  or GOVT 362 - Intermediate Environmental Policy

GOVT 351 - Administration in the Political System

Minimum of six credits chosen from:

CONF 340 - Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECON 330 - Public Finance

ECON 345 - Introduction to Econometrics

ECON 360 - Economics of Developing Areas

ECON 412 - Game Theory and Economics of Institutions

EVPP 337 - Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries

EVPP 396 - Directed Topic in Environmental Science and Policy

GEOL 420 - Earth Science and Policy

GGS 305 - Economic Geography

GGS 307 - Sustainable Development

GOVT 336 - Political Development and Change

GOVT 339 - Issues in the Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies

GOVT 343 - International Political Economy

GOVT 357 - Urban Governance and Planning

GOVT 364 - Public Policy Making

INTS 331 - The Nonprofit Sector

INTS 371 - Food Systems and Policy

Other course work with advisor approval

Total: 18 credits

Total: 60-65 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as "writing intensive" in their major at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in environmental and sustainability studies should consult an advisor to learn how to fulfill this requirement.

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