Environmental Law and Policy - Online Minor

If applying as a postbaccalaureate student for summer 2023, the deadline to apply is May 1, and classes start June 26.

Explore the laws and policies that govern our natural resources

Oregon State University's Department of Applied Economics and OSU Ecampus invite you to discover the flexibility and ease of completing an environmental law and policy minor as part of your undergraduate degree program. This minor offers a pre-selected concentration of courses, which will allow you to have confidence in your knowledge of environmental law, policy and economics.

Bridge the gap between science and economics

In the past, evaluations and mitigation of environmental and natural resource problems have been based on technical and scientific solutions. But the current approach requires socioeconomic and legal impact assessment of economic development projects and activities that involve natural resources and the environment.

There is an increasing demand for individuals capable of applying policy decision-making and economic assessment to a wide range of current and emerging environmental issues.


To earn an environmental law and policy minor, you must complete 27 credits, 12 of which must be upper-division. No courses from your undergraduate major can be used for the minor.

Here are some examples of current issues you'll learn to address as an environmental law and policy minor:

  • Climate change
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Energy conservation
  • Biofuel policy
  • Soil and water quality and conservation
  • Fish passages
  • Emerging markets
  • Animal and human waste management