Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

Description and Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management program offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to study environmental issues and policy from a perspective that explores the interrelationship between public and private sectors and society, economics, and the environment. The program focuses on the environment in conjunction with a set of core courses in science, economics, and policy. You will delve into concepts of economics, ethics and values, environmental politics, business, law, culture, and property rights, in addition to studying the science of the environment and sustainability. You will study how institutions in society, including government, business, and nonprofits, all participate in devising solutions to environmental issues.

This interdisciplinary program draws courses and faculty from disciplines across Purdue Global including business, arts and sciences, health sciences, and legal studies. The program has been designed to immerse you in the real problems and issues concerning the environment. In addition, you are presented with opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving as you apply concepts and methods to solve issues at the local, national, and global levels.

If you have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you may be eligible for degree requirements to be waived and replaced with advanced start credit. Refer to Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees for details.


You can personalize your degree with a concentration in business foundations. The business foundations concentration will allow you to gain competencies in the fundamental concepts of business administration. You will develop an understanding of the four functions of management, the components of a marketing strategy, and the financial performance of an organization.

Accelerated Master's Degree Options

If you are interested in earning a master's degree, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.

Program Length

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Research Methods: Apply methods and tools to retrieve, analyze, and utilize primary and secondary sources of information and data.
  2. Socially Responsible Leadership: Apply principles of social responsibility to decision-making actions and interactions.
  3. Environmental Management: Apply concepts, theories, and principles of environmental management to evaluate and recommend solutions to managing the environment.
  4. Environmental Policy and Law: Assess environmental policy and its impact on local, state, and national systems and communities.
  5. Global Environmental Issues: Analyze issues of the environment within the context of the global arena.

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.

This program is subject to minimum enrollments. If minimum enrollments are not met, you will be asked to enroll in a subsequent term.


Please refer to school-specific policies and the Policy Information section for general Purdue Global policies.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation. Prospective and current students must review Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications site to view program and state-specific licensure information.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, and meeting other certification requirements.