Environmental Policy & Management

This interdisciplinary track prepares students for positions requiring an ability to integrate natural science into policy development and implementation affecting ecosystems, landscapes, land use and development, environmental regulation of industry, and conservation of biological diversity or environmental quality.

Students take coursework in social sciences, such as policy and economics; and natural sciences such as geology, hydrology, soil science, conservation ecology, remote sensing, or spatial analysis.

Graduates are prepared for careers in federal, state, or municipal government, nonprofit organizations, and private consulting firms requiring professionals who can bring science to bear on policy and management solutions that succeed in a modern political and economic setting.

For an overview by Track Chair Peter August, click here.

Core courses (21), including:

  • Natural Sciences (9 credits)
    • Courses from Geology, Hydrology, Soil Science, Ecology & Management, Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis
  • Social Sciences (9 credits)
    • Courses from Policy, Management, Law, Economics, Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
Elective courses (10 credits)
Independent study (3 credits: EVS 598)
Graduate seminar (2 credits)


Track Chair
Dr. Peter August
Department of Natural Resources Science
Coastal Institute in Kingston
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881
Tel. (401) 874-4794
E-mail: pete@edc.uri.edu