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.

Contact Information

Institute for 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 and major requirements:

  • ENRG 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)​
  • ENRG 380 Energy and Environment (3)​​
    • or ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources (3)
  • ENRG 449 NW Energy Systems Transitions (4)
  • ENRG 459 Advanced Energy Policy (4)
  • ENRG 490 Energy Capstone: Energy System Synthesis (4) 

SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS:

  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I (5) 
  • MATH 115 Precalculus II (5)
    • or MATH 118 Accelerated Precalculus (5) 
    • or MATH 156 Algebra With Applications to Business and Economics (4)
  • MATH 124 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5)
    • or MATH 157 - Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics (4) 
  • 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)
  • ENRG 284 The Business of Energy (4)
  • ENRG 384 Energy Economics (4)
  • ENRG 386 - The Economics of Electricity Markets (4)
  • ENRG 484 - Economics of Alternative Energy (4)
  • PLSC 250 The American Political System (5)​

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE OPTIONS:

Option 1: Finance

ACCT 245 Managerial Accounting (4)
And one of the following:
FIN 341 Principles of Finance (4)
OPS 360 Operations Management (4)

Option 2: Management

Choose two of the following:
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)

Option 3: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Complete the minor in Entrepreneurship by taking each of the following  4cr courses twice:
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)

ELECTIVES: Choose (under advisement) a minimum of 12 units from the following:

  • DSCI 407 - Predictive Analytics for Business Credits: 4
  • ECON 310 - Public Finance Credits: 4
  • ECON 343 - Population, Environment, and World Agriculture Credits: 4
  • ECON 360 - Introduction to International Economics Credits: 4
  • ECON 361 - Introduction to International Economics and Business Credits: 4
  • **ECON 375 - Introduction to Econometrics Credits: 4
  • ECON 380 - Urban Economics Credits: 4
  • ECON 383 - Environmental Economics Credits: 4
  • ECON 482 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Economics Credits: 4
  • ECON 483 - Resource Economics Credits: 4
  • **ENRG 320 - Science of Energy Resources Credits: 3
  • ENRG 340 - Energy and Climate in Rural Development Credits: 4
  • ENRG 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design Credits: 4
  • **ENRG 380 - Energy and Environment Credits: 3
  • ENRG 381 - Biofuels Credits: 3
  • ENRG 440 - Public and Stakeholder Engagement in Energy, Climate, and Environmental Policymaking Credits: 4
  • ENRG 466 - Life Cycle Analysis Credits: 4
  • ENRG 480 - Applications in Energy Production Credits: 4
  • ENRG 482 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation 
  • ENRG 485: Electric Utility Resource Planning 
  • ENRG 495 - Internship Credits: 1-4
  • ENVS 320 - GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science Credits: 4
  • ENVS 355 - Environmental Law and Policy Credits: 4
  • ENVS 359 - ​Greening Business Policy and Practice​ Credits: 4
    or MGMT 359 - Greening Business Policy and Practice Credits: 4
  • ENVS 419 - Applications in GIS Credits: 3
  • ENVS 471 - Campus Sustainability Planning Studio Credits: 3
  • ENVS 493 - Environmental Impact Assessment Credits: 5
  • ESCI 392 - Introduction to Global Change Credits: 3
  • ESCI 492 - Climate Change Credits: 4
  • **FIN 341 - Principles of Finance Credits: 4
  • HIST 354 - Energy in American History Credits: 5
  • **IBUS 370 - Introduction to International Business Credits: 4
  • **MGMT 311 - Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior Credits: 4
  • **MIS 320 - Principles of Management Information Systems Credits: 4
  • **MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing Credits: 4
  • **OPS 360 - Operations Management Credits: 4
  • PLSC 420 - Environmental Politics Credits: 5
    • or ENVS 458 - Environmental Politics Credits: 5​

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