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Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

As a Union College environmental policy major, you will have a multidisciplinary learning experience that draws on courses in the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences and engineering.

Our environmental policy program has been designed to bring you into the discussion on our most pressing issues, such as global warming and the search for renewable energy.

This major offers four different areas of concentration: environmental law and management; environmental problems and response; marine studies; and energy and sustainability. Hands-on opportunities are built into every aspect of the program.

Special learning opportunities

You can take advantage of our Australia (Brisbane) and Brazil (São Paulo) terms abroad; a mini-term in New Zealand; and a community service mini-term in Louisiana. Environmental policy juniors can also pursue an internship with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), which offers practical work experience in a variety of aspects of environmental regulation and policy.

"I took Intro to Environmental Studies, and it was the perfect marriage between my passions and a possible career. We did a lot of work in the field, going on ecology walks, to landfills, water treatment centers, and to Union's Adirondack Center."
- Austin Andersen

Students of environmental policy have discovered the growing environmental movement at Union and are involved in a number of groups and clubs, including Campus Kitchens, Environmental Club, Ozone House and U-Sustain Committee  (Garnet Goes Green). In addition, our Environmental Science, Policy and Engineering Speaker Series regularly brings to campus leaders, consultants, scholars and others in all aspects of the field.


As an environmental policy major, you will be pointed on the road to rewarding careers in public policy analysis, environmental law, market analysis, green industries consulting and much more.

Meet some of our faculty

Donald Rodbell

Donald Rodbell

Professor of geology
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Special interests: Climate change, glacial geology, lake sedimentology

J. Douglass Klein

J. Douglass Klein

Kenneth B. Sharpe Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Special interests: Environmental management, integrating engineering and liberal education

Katherine Lynes

Katherine Lynes

Associate professor of English
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Special interests: Environmental writing and ecoliterature

Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris

Associate professor of history
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Special interests: Political history, history of public policy, environmental history

After Union

Assistant project manager, Triumvirate Environmental

Environmental scientist, Carriage House Consulting Inc.

Financial associate, Fidelity Investments

Assistant project manager, Ajax Partners LLC

Corps member, City Year

Estuary stewardship outreach and education, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Careers by field:

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