B.A. in Energy Policy and Management

The B.A. in Energy Policy and Management is an interdisciplinary program that gives students knowledge and skills concerning energy policy and the energy business through courses in economics, environmental studies, environmental science, and various business disciplines, while also providing a solid background in basic energy science concepts.

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 284 The Business of Energy (4)
  • ENRG 380 or ESCI 380 Energy and Environment (3)
  • ENRG 490 Energy Capstone: Energy System Synthesis (4) WP2
  • ENRG 350 or ENVS 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
  • ENRG 386 or ECON 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets  (4)
  • ENRG 449 or ENVS 449 Energy Systems Transitions (4)
  • ENRG 459 or ENVS 459 Advanced Energy Policy (4) WP2
  • ENRG 484 or ECON 484 Economics of Alternative Energy  (4) WP1

SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS:

  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (5) LSCI GUR
  • MATH 124 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5) or MATH 157 - Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics (4) QSR GUR
  • PHYS 114 Principles of Physics I (5) SCI GUR
  • PHYS 115 Principles of Physics II (5) LSCI GUR
  • Two courses from:
    BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology (4) LSCI GUR
    ENRG 101 Energy and Society (3) SCI GUR
    ESCI 101 Environmental Studies: A Scientific Approach (3) SCI GUR
    GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (4) LSCI GUR

ECONOMICS, POLICY, and BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS:

  • ACCT 240 Financial Accounting (4)
  • DSCI 205 Business Statistics (4)
  • DSCI 305 Applied Business Statistics (4)
  • ECON 206 Introduction to Microeconomics (4) SSC GUR
  • ECON 207 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4) SSC GUR
  • ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 309 may be substituted) (4)
  • ENRG 384 or ECON 384 Energy Economics (4)
  • PLSC 250 The American Political System (5) SSC GUR

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) SSC GUR
MGMT 311 Introduction to Management (4)
MIS 320 Principles of Management Information Systems (4)
MKTG 380 Principles of Marketing (4)

Option 3: Entrepreneurship

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:

  • ENRG 270 Energy Science I or ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources
  • ENRG 360 or ESCI 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design 
  • ENRG 366 or ESCI 366 - Life Cycle and Net Energy Analysis 
  • ENRG 480 or ESCI 480 - Applications in Energy Production WP2
  • ENRG 495 Internship 
  • ECON 310 Public Finance 
  • ECON 343 Population, Environment, and World Agriculture 
  • ECON 375 Introduction to Econometrics 
  • ECON 383 Environmental Economics 
  • ECON 483 Resource Economics 
  • ENVS 320 GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science 
  • ENVS 454 Environmental Policy Analysis 
  • ENVS 493 Environmental Impact Assessment or ESCI 493 - Environmental Impact Assessment 
  • ESCI 392 Introduction to Global Change 
  • ESCI 492 Climate Change 
  • HIST 354 Energy in American History 
  • ENVS 359 Greening Business Policy and Practice or MGMT 359 - Greening Business Policy and Practice 
  • PLSC 420 or ENVS 458 - Environmental Politics 
  • PLSC 436 Managing Environmental Commons 
  • PLSC 489 Managing An International Ecosystem