Environmental Policy


  1. Natural Science Foundation (4 courses)
  2. Quantitative Assessment (2 courses)
  3. Decision-making Foundation (3 courses)
  4. Natural Science Elective (1 course)
  5. Social Science Elective (1 course)
  6. Junior Research (1 course)
  7. Senior Research/Thesis (2 courses)

For details, see Environmental Policy Major Requirement Worksheet, envpolworksheet.doc.


Students can no longer elect an Environmental Policy major, but are encouraged to consider the new major in Environment and Sustainability which the Faculty voted to replace it with in 2017. Students with the Environmental Policy major should contact Martin Stute (Environmental Science) for major advice, or consult with Paige West (Anthropology), Alan Dye (Economics) or Kimberley Johnson (Urban Studies) to discuss current offerings.

Students who completing a major in Environmental Policy have a major adviser in Environmental Science and an associated department. Although one member of the faculty serves as the primary adviser, requests to substitute courses from Columbia or other institutions must be approved by both major advisers.

Internships or some type of work or field experience are extremely valuable in preparing students for careers in Environmental Science. Go to Opportunities & Affiliations for listings. Studies have shown that students who have had related work experience are more attractive to employers and graduate schools. Students might want to consider a semester or summer program at might want to consider a semester or summer program at the SEE-U, SEA Semester at Woods Hole, the School for Field Studies, the Organization for Tropical Studies, or some other field or internship program. In addition, we recommend that those students planning to go abroad in the junior year elect to do so in the Fall Semester rather than the Spring Semester in order to take best advantage of senior seminar research planning and programming.

Students should check the catalogue and the department for additional information on the major and courses offered by Barnard and Columbia. Classes with grades less than C- or taken pass/fail can not be counted towards the major.

See also Senior Research Seminar for information on senior thesis requirements completed in Environmental Science Department.