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Bachelor of Science
Concentration: Environmental Policy

About This Program


The goal of this concentration is to anticipate the future needs of finance professionals as the business world is compelled to consider the operational aspects of environmental concerns. As the country emerges from the current recession and political and societal concerns turn once again to matters affecting the world's climate, one can anticipate challenges to current business models. The finance professionals of this future will be well served if they understand the interrelated issues of basic environmental science, business/financial concerns and political reality. This concentration, which is proactive rather than reactive in terms of demand, attempts to interrelate these three issues; science, business, and politics, so that the graduate is provided with a broad, real-world, perspective which may well be of concern to future employers.

Program of Study

This concentration contains all courses of the traditional finance degree and adds 5 courses (15 credits) for the concentration, utilizing elective credits for the required concentration-specific courses. The concentration comprises two finance courses, two public policy courses, and an economics course. Additionally, SCI 310 Available Online, Environmental Science is required for the program (it replaces the science elective) and POL 300 Available Online, American Politics is also required (it replaces one of the two humanities electives). Students wishing to pursue this concentration should pay careful attention to the sequence of courses and the prerequisites required - especially for ECO 450 and FIN 470.

Program Competencies

In addition to the competencies outlined in the finance degree area of the current University catalog, the following concentration specific competencies will apply under the heading: Disciplined Inquiry:

  1. Analyze, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, issues affecting business decisions within an environmental sustainability context.
  2. Evaluate competing sustainability options from a financial perspective.

Minimum Grade Policy

Students pursuing a degree in Finance are required by College of Business policy to attain a minimum grade of “C” for all “program core courses”. For the purpose of this policy, “program core courses” are all finance courses. These courses are designated by the prefix “FIN” and are identified by “*” in the Suggested Program Sequence section.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.