Environmental Policy at HCOP

Why should I consider this major?

Do you want to use your knowledge and skills to promote positive change in the environment? Do you love solving policy problems and implementing shared visions in both natural settings and urban communities? Are you interested in the laws and policies that govern environmental change? Then Environmental Policy is the major for you.

What is the study of Environmental Policy?

This program prepares students to enter professional fields concerned with the sustainability of the human and natural environment. The Policy track is an in depth study of public policy development, environmental law and methods and processes of policy decision making. Elective components for Huxley on the Peninsulas students are Environmental Science courses. Graduates of this major have been hired for positions in county, tribal and state planning offices, non-profit organizations, consulting, and public relations for governmental agencies.


Environmental Policy major admission is selective and based upon the following four criteria:

1. Completion of required preparatory courses

2. A brief essay in response to a given question

3. Relevant experience

4. Academic performance (GPA)

Prep Courses

❑Biology  101 with Lab - Introduction to Biology

❑Chemistry 121L or 161L - General Chemistry

❑Economics 202 - Microeconomics

❑Geography - Physical Geography

❑ Math 114, or 156 - Pre-calculus or Algebra with Apps to Bus/Econ

❑Math 281 - Statistics

❑ Completion of Associate Direct Transfer Degree

What should you be doing?

Huxley Pre-major Freshman & Sophomore Year

Visit the Program Manager, Complete Associate Transfer Degree (DTA), Complete Huxley Preparatory Coursework while earning DTA, Get involved in environmental issues and groups. Volunteer for environmental organizations.

Huxley Major Junior Year

Meet with Program Manager to complete your Plan of Study, Meet with Faculty advisor and discuss Electives, Internships/Senior Projects, Career vs. Graduate education,  Take core courses Fall quarter, ENVS 304, ESCI 325 and major courses, Research career and graduate education Apply for Internships/senior projects by the end of Spring quarter.

Huxley Major Senior Year

Complete Internships/senior project, meet with Program Manager to refine Plan of Study and Major Evaluation, for graduate school, take GRE exam and apply to graduate programs. Apply for Spring Graduation by the first week of December.

Applying as an Environmental Policy Major

Once you have completed or are completing an Associate Transfer Degree and required preparatory courses, fill out a Western Washington University Extension Undergraduate Application and a Huxley on the Peninsulas Program Application. Applications are due by March 1. Contact the Program Manager, Nancy Bluestein-Johnson for Huxley on the Peninsulas application and a Transfer & Post-baccalaureate Application for Location Program Admission. The Huxley on the Peninsulas application requires a brief essay and a list of relevant experience.

Advising Tips: Prospective environmental policy majors are encouraged to meet with Program Manager, to explore their environmental policy interest, develop a Plan of Study, discuss electives, internships/senior projects and career vs. graduate education.

Contact Information:

Poulsbo and Port Angeles Campuses
Crystal Cline | she/her/hers
Program Coordinator & Advisor
OCE: Western on the Peninsulas
Western Washington University
1000 Olympic College Way NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370
clinec6@wwu.edu | Set up an Appointment with me | Message me on Teams

Everett Campus
Alex Tadio
 | he/him/his
Program Coordinator
Huxley College on the Peninsulas
Western Washington University
915 N Broadway Ave, Everett, WA 98201
tadioa@wwu.edu | 3606504485 | https://calendly.com/tadioa

Sample Careers:

  • Urban Planner
  • Environmental Lawyer (this field requires additional education)
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Environmental Public Relations
  • Director of Non-Profit Org.
  • National Park Service
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Industry Planner
  • State, County, City, Tribal Planner

For general degree preparation and prerequisites, please visit our advising page.

To learn more about an Environmental Policy degree, please visit Western’s Course Catalog.

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