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Accelerated Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (BS) and Environmental Policy (MSEP)

Earn Your Advanced Degree Sooner

The accelerated degree program in Environmental Science (BS) and Environmental Policy (MS) is designed to bring two distinct but mutually enhancing disciplines together in one program. It provides an opportunity for highly motivated and qualified undergraduates to begin pursuing a graduate degree prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree in a 4+1 year format with either one or two co-ops.

Environmental policy pairs naturally with environmental science by helping students bridge the gap between their strength in science and their interest in making change through policy. Science without an effective avenue toward working with decision makers and supporting public policy runs short of its reach and potential benefit. The accelerated degree program prepares students both as scientists and professionals who can communicate science and translate environmental data into actionable environmental policy with tangible impact. Students can also conduct real-world research writing through a case study thesis, select elective courses tailored to their interests, or complete their degree with research experience.

The program is appropriate for Environmental Science majors interested in learning about public policy and who have a desire to work in environmental policy, such as in government, advocacy work, consulting or the nonprofit sector.

This 4+1 program can be taken in either the four-year undergraduate co-op program (4COP) or the five-year undergraduate co-op program (5COP). The 4COP program provides students with the benefit of one co-op in spring/summer of their third year while maintaining more flexibility in course loads per term. The 5COP program allows students to complete two co-ops in second and third year and puts more demand on students’ schedules. Students applying to the 5COP format need early planning and an ability to handle heavier course loads beginning sophomore year. For both options, graduate coursework begins in year four (concurrent with the final year of the bachelor's program) and the master's degree is completed at the end of year five.  Students officially convert to graduate status for year five.

Learn more in the Course Catalog

Prospective Students

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