Environmental Policy & Resources Planning

The environmental policy track provides students with the substantive background and analytical skills necessary to practice conservation in a larger political, legal, economic, and social context. Suggested coursework focuses on topics such as property, U.S. public lands policy, environmental regulation, conflict, markets and economic incentives, and political institutions and processes, among others. Students are introduced to a number of real-world environmental problems and the policy approaches, strategies, and tools that can be used to deal with them.  Coursework is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of conservation-oriented fields, including environmental/land management agencies, natural resource industries, non-governmental organizations, planning departments and programs, environmental communications, law, and others. 

Required Core Curriculum

In addition to specialized courses in the Environmental Policy and Resources Planning track, all students must complete the required core curriculum. 

Degree Requirements

Suggested Courses for the Environmental Policy & Resources Planning Track

The following courses are recommended for students emphasizing Environmental Policy and Resources Planning.  Please note that the courses in bold are the most important courses for students in this track to take.  

SUGGESTED COURSES PREREQUISITES CREDITS
NRSM 121S - Nature of Montana 3
ECNS 201S - Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECNS 202S - Principles of Macroeconomics ECNS 201 3
WILD 275 - Wildlife Conservation 3
FORS 320 - Forest Economics M 162, ECNS 201 3
WILD 410 - Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics 3
NRSM 422 - Natural Resource Policy & Admin 3
NRSM 424 - Community Forestry & Conservation 3
NRSM 449E - Climate Change Ethics & Policy
PSCI 210S - Introduction to American Government 3
ENST 382 - Environmental Law 3
PSCI 332 - Global Environmental Policy PSCI 230 3
GPHY 335 - Water Policy Upper division standing 3
PSCI 361 - Public Administration  PSCI 201 3
ENST 367 - Environmental Politics & Policies 3
NRSM 379 - Collaboration in Natural Resource Decisions 3
NRSM 425 - Natural Res & Environmental Economics M 162, ECNS 201, FORS 320 3
ECNS 433 - Economics of the Environment ECNS 201S 3
PSCI 461 - Administrative Law PSCI 201, junior standing 3
GPHY 465 - Planning Principles & Processes Upper division standing 3
GPHY 466 - Environmental Planning 3
NRSM 389E - Ethics, Forestry, & Conservation 3