Environmental Policy

Western’s interdisciplinary Environmental Policy program prepares students to enter professional fields concerned with the sustainability of the human and natural environment. Studies in Environmental Policy concentrate on public policy development, governance, law, and the methods and processes of planning and decision making. By solving problems and implementing shared visions in both natural settings and urban communities, Environmental Policy promotes positive change in the environment. 

The program consists of core studies and specialization electives. The core incorporates the interdisciplinary foundation of Huxley College’s approach to the study of the environment. The specialization elective component of the program is flexible, and allowing students to develop an area of special interest, concentrate on a minor in an academic discipline, or to select from a number of thematically oriented clusters of courses.

Western’s Environmental Studies Department is part of Huxley College of the Environment.


Beyond the Classroom

Some students are published in The Planet, a student-run publication that combines the environmental focus of Huxley College with the writing and reporting skills of journalism to produce an award winning environmental magazine.

Huxley hosts the Huxley College Speaker Series, which brings guest lecturers to Western’s campus to address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and beyond. The speaker series is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the Western and Bellingham communities. Students and Bellingham community members also volunteer for LEAD (Learning Environment Action Discovery), a program designed to help restore native environments and increase biodiversity.

Bringing together even broader communities, Huxley College students have the opportunity to take environmental studies classes in Europe and other parts of the world through a number of faculty-led study abroad summer programs.


Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.


Sample Careers

  • Urban Planner
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • County Planner
  • Environmental Public Relations
  • Director of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Municipal Government

Department of Environmental Studies