Many students who pursue natural or social science majors find their first employment in Environmental Consulting. To be competitive in this field, applicants require an interdisciplinary background (e.g., communication, policy, management) and professional consulting experience. To better prepare Mason’s graduates for this career field and to streamline the transition from the classroom into the workforce, the Department of Environmental Science and Policy offers a minor in Environmental Consulting. This minor includes classes in communication, technical writing, applied environmental science, environmental law, and business management and is finalized with a capstone course and an internship with local consulting companies.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ENCO

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 19

Required Courses

EVPP 377Applied Ecology3
EVPP 490Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (when the topic is "Principles of Environmental Law")3
or EVPP 362 Intermediate Environmental Policy
COMM 320Business and Professional Communication3
or COMM 335 Organizational Communication
ENGH 388Professional and Technical Writing3
MBUS 306Managing Projects and Operations3
Total Credits15

Capstone and Internship Requirement

EVPP 490Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (when the topic is "Environmental Consulting")1
EVPP 494Internship3
or COMM 450 Internship in Communication
Total Credits4