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Environmental Policy and Decision Making is an interdisciplinary program designed by University of Puget Sound to help students integrate their primary major area of study with a secondary major or a minor in environmental policy and decision making, a field of study that focuses on how individual and collective decisions interact with the environment.


Students who major in Environmental Policy and Decision Making program from University of Puget Sound:

  • develop an understanding of the multiplicity of values, norms, interests, incentives, and scientific information that influence decisions on environmental issues, 
  • learn to critically examine the social, political, and economic contexts for decisions on environmental issues, and 
  • engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and apply systems thinking to address current and projected environmental problems.

The program faculty believes that the study of environmental policy and decision making is best accomplished when carried on in conjunction with work in another major area of study. Students should consult with a second advisor familiar with the program.

Advisors will help students to design a major or minor program that will complement their majors and help them to focus their studies in areas of interest to them.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to the Environment
  • Environmental Policy Tools and Topics
  • Tools in Environmental Science
  • Topics in Environmental Science
  • Learning in Nearby Nature
  • Fundamentals of U.S. Environmental Law and Policy
  • Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Topics in Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Legacies of War

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Member Questions and Writing Supplement
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • Common Application
  • School Report and Transcript
  • Counselor and Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Interviews
  • International Student Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49510 USD/year
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  • National

    49510 USD/year
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Living costs for Tacoma

  • 1000 - 1580 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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