Students pursuing the Environmental Policy Minor will study aspects of human interactions with the natural world. ThisGreen Leaf minor will provide students with a broad overview of ecology, the environmental consequences of human action, and conceptual and practical sustainability efforts. This includes relationships between social and biological sciences and environmental law. The minor complements majors in natural science but is also suitable for non-science majors. 

This is a Green Leaf program.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: EVP

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 21

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Students must successfully complete the following courses with a minimum 2.00 GPA.

Core Courses

EVPP 336Human Dimensions of the Environment3
EVPP 361Introduction to Environmental Policy3
EVPP 377Applied Ecology3
or BIOL 377 Applied Ecology
PHIL 343Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)3
Total Credits12

Additional Courses

Select 9 credits from the following: 19
Conservation Biology
Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
Economics of Environmental Policy
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Marine Conservation
Field Environmental Science 2
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy 2
Selected Topics in Environmental Science 2
Tropical Ecosystems
Earth Science and Policy (Mason Core)
Environment and Culture
Issues in Anthropology
People with Nature
Human Behavior in Natural Environments
Environmental Education and Resource Interpretation
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)
The Urban World (Mason Core)
Sustainable Tourism
Cultural and Environmental Interpretation
Total Credits9