B.A. in Energy Policy and Management

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The goal of the BA in Energy Policy and Management is to give students knowledge and analytic skills in the policy and management aspects of today’s diverse energy business, along with broad exposure to the science, environmental, business and policy aspects of the energy system that drive the formation and analysis of energy-related policies.

Program Contact

Institute of Energy Studies

Arntzen Hall 303 Energy.Institute@wwu.edu (360) 650-4422

Gail Cowan, Program Advisor

gail.cowan@wwu.edu (360) 650-4422

Requirements

ENERGY CORE:

  • ENRG 284 The Business of Energy (4)​
  • ENRG 380 Energy and Environment (3)​​
    • or ESCI 380 Energy and Environment (3)​
    • or ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources (3)
  • ENRG 490 Energy Capstone: Energy System Synthesis (4) 

SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS:

  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I (5) 
  • MATH 124 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5)
    • or MATH 157 - Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics (4) 
  • Choose three courses from:
    • BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology (4)
    • CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (5)
    • CHEM 163 General Chemistry III (5)
    • CSCI 140 Programming Fundamentals in C++
    • ENRG 101 Energy and Society (3) 
    • ESCI 101 Environmental Studies: A Scientific Approach (3) 
    • GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (4) 
    • PHYS 114 Principles of Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 115 Principles of Physics II (5)
    • PHYS 161 Physics with Calculus I (5) 
    • PHYS 162 Physics with Calculus II (5)

ECONOMICS, POLICY, and BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS:

  • ACCT 240 Financial Accounting (4)
  • DSCI 205 Business Statistics (4)
  • DSCI 305 Applied Business Statistics (4)
    • or ECON 375 Introduction to Econometrics (4)
  • ECON 206 Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
  • ECON 207 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4) 
  • ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics (4)
  • ECON 384 Energy Economics (4)
    • or ENRG 384 Energy Economics (4)
  • PLSC 250 The American Political System (5)​

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE OPTIONS:

  1. Option 1: Finance Complete all three courses:​
    • ACCT 245 Managerial Accounting (4)
    • FIN 341 Principles of Finance (4)
    • OPS 360 Operations Management (4)
  2. Option 2: Management Choose three courses from:​
    • MGMT 271 Law and the Business Environment (4)
    • MGMT 311 Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
    • MIS 320 Principles of Management Information Systems (4)
    • MKTG 380 Principles of Marketing (4)
    • IBUS 370 Introduction to International Business (4)
  3. Option 3: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Complete the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor by completing the following courses twice for a total of 24 credits:​
    • ENTR 246 E&I Foundations (4cr each; 8cr total)
    • ENTR 346 E&I Experience (4cr each; 8cr total)
    • ENTR 446 Advanced E&I (4cr each; 8cr total)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:

  • ENRG 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
    • or ENVS 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
  • ENRG 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets (4)
    • or  ECON 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets (4)
  • ENRG 449 Northwest Energy Systems Transitions (4)
    • or  ENVS 449 Northwest Energy Systems Transitions (4)
  • ENRG 459 Advanced Energy Policy (4)
    • or  ENVS 459 Advanced Energy Policy (4)
  • ENRG 484 Economics of Alternative Energy (4)
    • or  ECON 484 Economics of Alternative Energy (4)

CHOOSE A MINIMUM OF 12 ELECTIVES (under advisement) FROM THE FOLLOWING:

  • DSCI 407 Predictive Analytics for Business (4)
  • ECON 310 Public Finance (4)
  • ECON 343 Population, Environment, and World Agriculture (4)
  • ECON 360 Introduction to International Economics (4)
  • ECON 361 Introduction to International Economics and Business (4)
  • ECON 380 Urban Economics (4)
  • ECON 383 Environmental Economics (4)
  • ECON 482 Advanced Topics in Environmental Economics (4)
  • ECON 483 Resource Economics (4)
  • ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources (3) (only if not used in the Energy Core Requirements)
  • ENRG 340 Energy and Climate in Rural Development (4)
  • ENRG 345 Energy in the Global South (5)
    • or ANTH 345 Energy in the Global South (5)
  • ENRG 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design (4)
    • or ESCI 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design (4)
  • ENRG 440 Public and Stakeholder Engagement in Energy, Climate, and Environmental Policymaking (4)
    • or  ENVS 440 Public and Stakeholder Engagement in Energy, Climate, and Environmental Policymaking (4)
  • ENRG 466 Life Cycle Analysis (4)
    • or ESCI 466 Life Cycle Analysis (4)
  • ENRG 480 Applications in Energy Production (4)
    • or ESCI 480 Applications in Energy Production (4)
  • ENRG 482 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (4)
    • or ESCI 482 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (4)
  • ENRG 486 Electric Utility Resource Planning (4)
  • ENRG 488 Energy management in organizations (4)
  • ENRG 495 Internship (1-4)
  • ENVS 320 GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)
  • ENVS 355 Environmental Law and Policy (4)
  • ENVS 419 Applications in GIS (3)
  • ENVS 493 Environmental Impact Assessment (5)
    • or ESCI 493 Environmental Impact Assessment (5)
  • ESCI 392 - Introduction to Global Change (3)
    • or ESCI 492 Climate Change (4)
    • or  ENVS 326 Climatology (4)
  • ENRG 354 Energy in American History (5)
    • or HIST 354 Energy in American History (5)
  • ENVS 359 Greening Business Policy and Practice (4)
    • or MGMT 359 Greening Business Policy and Practice (4)
  • ENVS 471 Campus Sustainability Planning Studio (3)
  • PLSC 420 Environmental Politics (5)
    • or ENVS 458 Environmental Politics (5)
  • ENRG 381 Biofuels (3)
    • or CHEM 381 Biofuels (3)

The following courses may also be used as electives, but only if they are not used to satisfy Option 1 or Option 2 under Economy, Policy, and Business Fundamentals:

  • FIN 341 Principles of Finance (4)
  • IBUS 370 Introduction to International Business (4)
  • MGMT 311 Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
  • MIS 320 Principles of Management Information Systems (4)
  • MKTG 380 Principles of Marketing (4)
  • OPS 360 Operations Management (4)