Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior Undergraduate Program

Degree: B.S.

About the Program: Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior (EPIB) examines the human dimensions of environmental problems. It addresses such issues as how human actions affect the environment; how societies adapt to changes in natural resource availability; and how individuals, nations, and international agencies respond to environmental hazards. Courses in the program deal with local, regional, and national differences in the use of resources; social and environmental aspects of health and illness; strategies for environmental management; ethical, moral, and legal dimensions of environmental and resource issues; and roles of industry and governmental and nongovernmental organizations in environmental affairs.

Learning Goals: Students graduating from EPIB will understand and analyze the varied perspectives offered by the social and natural sciences regarding the causes and consequences of social, ecological, and environmental change. This includes interactions among natural resources, climate, population, energy use and technology, health, forces of globalization, social institutions, and cultural values. Students will acquire the skills to use appropriate conceptual and methodological tools to structure inquiries about human-environment interactions. And finally, students will undertake their work guided by ethical considerations. They will identify their own values with respect to environmental, health, and food issues; and they will evaluate and address the ethical dimensions and implications of related problems, assessments, plans, and communication, including their differentiated social impacts.
(For more details see the EPIB Learning Goals PDF document.)

NOTE:  As of July 2014, incoming students will be enrolled in the new curriculum, which is listed below.  Continuing students can opt to meet requirements of the new curriculum or retain their old requirements (which included five options under the major).  Please see your advisor for questions.

New EPIB major requirements:

Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behavior (374)

Foundation courses (15 credits)
11:374:101 Introduction to Human Ecology
11:374:269 Population, Resources and Env.
11:374:279 Politics of Environmental Issues
11:374:312 Environmental History
11:374:460 Environmental Law and Policy

Methods (9 credits)
Statistics (choose one):
01:960:211 Statistics I
01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research
10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning, and Health

Required to take:
11:374:110 Theories and Reasoning in Human Ecology
11:374:201 Research Methods

All students must complete Intermediate Algebra (01:640:026)

Skills (9 credits)
Required to take:
11:374:220 Environmental Solutions
11:374:280 Careers in EPIB

Communication, choose one:
11:374:225 Environment & Health in Society
11:374:325 Env. Communication
11:374:435 Communicating Life Sciences

Experience-Based Education Requirement, choose one (3 credits)
11:374:481 Raritan Scholars
11:374:490 Readings and Practicum in Human Ecology
11:374:491 Readings and Practicum in Human Ecology
11:374:492 Environmental Studies Internship
11:374:493 Environmental Communication Clinic

Policy, Governance and Management Cluster, choose one (3 credits):
11:374:175 Energy and Society
11:374:115 Water and Society
11:374:313 US Environmental Policy
11:374:314 Natural Resource Policy
11:374:428 Marine Fisheries Policy
11:374:462 International Environmental Law & Policy

Food, Health and Disease Cluster, choose one (3 credits):
11:374:141 Health and Society (new course)
11:374:430 Risk, Health and Safety
11:374:431 New and Reemerging Diseases
11:374:436 Segregation and Health
11:374:437 Culture and Health
11:374:438 Health in the Latino Community

Globalization, Development, and Sustainability Cluster, choose one (3 credits):
11:374:305 Globalization, Development and the Environment
11:374:426 Climate Change Policy
11:374:429 Agrarian Landscapes

People, Communities and the Environment Cluster, choose one (3 credits):
11:374:322 Behavior and the Environment
11:374:335 Communities and Environmental Change
11:374:440 Race and the Environment
11:374:416 Environmental Education

Upper Level Classes (6 credits)
Choose two additional 374 courses at the 300-400 level that are not being counted to fulfill other requirements.  Please note: 11:374:490, 11:374:491 and 11:374:492 cannot count towards this requirement. 

Capstone, choose one (3 credits):
11:374:499 Capstone in Human Ecology
11:015:497 George H. Cook Honors 
11:015:498 George H. Cook Honors

Total: 57 credits


School of Environmental and Biological Core requirements:
For First-Year Students Matriculating Fall 2015 and After and Transfer Students Matriculating Fall 2016 and After

For Continuing Students Matriculating Prior to Fall 2015 and Transfer Students Matriculating Prior to Fall 2016.

This list of courses is for basic guidance.  Enrolled students, please use Degree Navigator (https://dn.rutgers.edu) to evaluate your requirements.


George F. Clark

Undergraduate Director

Cook Office Building, Room 209
  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Department of Human Ecology