Energy Policy and Management

Energy Policy and Management


The Energy Policy and Management program fosters interdisciplinary thinking, learning and problem solving and integrates courses in economics, environmental studies, environmental science, and various other disciplines. Students gain knowledge and develop analytic skills in the policy and management aspects of today's diverse energy business, along with broad exposure to the science, environmental, business and policy aspects of the energy system that drive the formation and analysis of energy-related policies.

The Institute for Energy Studies is a unique, interdisciplinary program with multi-college collaboration, including Huxley College of the Environment, the College of Science and Engineering, and the College of Business and Economics. The ten departments participating in this interdisciplinary program are recognized for their outstanding educational programs and demonstrated excellence.

Beyond the Classroom

Student clubs include the Women in Energy Mentoring Network (WEIMN), an opportunity for women students and professional women in the energy field to provide mentorship, share knowledge, and create a network of shared connections, Net Impact, a global organization that encourages the integration of business and sustainability, and Students for Renewable Energy (SRE), an Associated Students club that promotes the use of clean energy technologies in the local, national, and global economy.

Students are invited to participate in the Environmental Innovation Challenge. Participating in interdisciplinary teams, students work together to define an environmental problem, design a solution, build a prototype and/or a computer simulation, and create a business summary that demonstrates the market potential.

Energy Union

We are a club dedicated to sharing information and helping build an active community in the Energy Department. We are all students with a passion for energy and our group is composed of students in Energy Majors, Minors, or related classes. It is our hope to serve as a home for students to get help in Energy related classes, find other students to work with on Energy projects, and be a central place staff can look to, to communicate important departmentally related information outward.


“The Energy Union at WWU is a place to learn about energy, network with peers and professionals, and find ongoing projects to build your career early.”

Examples of internship opportunities include energy analyst, energy engineer, energy business project developer, and energy literacy education associate.

Careers and Graduate Studies

To ensure the program is preparing students for the new Green Economy, the Institute for Energy Studies has an advisory board of industry partners, including representation from Alpha Technologies, Bonneville Power Administration, Climate Solutions, the Environmental Protection Agency, Trane Corp., McKinstry, Universal Mechanical, Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County PUD, The Boeing Company, and others.

While building a strong blend of analytic and communication skills, students will gain energy-related expertise that industry experts have identified as essential to the workforce needs in the growing clean energy economy.

Graduates of this robust program will possess a comprehensive understanding of energy-related business, economics and policy. They will be fully equipped for leadership roles in an industry that is dynamic, evolving and highly-competitive.

“Huxley and Western have a demonstrable track record of understanding the environmental space and inspiring cool things from their colleges. If anyone was going move the needle on building a program that will produce people with a broad understanding of the energy challenges facing our country – the issues around climate change, building sustainable communities and businesses – Western is the most well-positioned and has rightfully earned the respect of the business community to support it.”

-David Allen, Executive Vice President, Construction and Energy Services Firm McKinstry


Sample Jobs

  • Energy Economist
  • Energy Efficiency Analyst
  • Director of Energy Policy
  • Energy Program Manager
  • Energy Resource Planner
  • Renewable Energy Project Manager
  • Director of Greenhouse Gas Management
  • Founder, new energy-related enterprise

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.