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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behavior



The major in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior examines the human dimensions of environmental problems. It addresses such issues as how human actions affect the environment; how societies adapt to changes in natural resource availability; and how individuals, nations, and international agencies respond to environmental hazards. Courses deal with local, regional, and national differences in the use of resources; with social and environmental aspects of health and illness; with alternative strategies for environmental management; with the ethical, moral, and legal dimensions of environmental and resource issues; and with the roles of governmental and non-governmental agencies in environmental affairs.

Students are exposed to a multidisciplinary view of the environment and draw upon concepts from a variety of fields, including anthropology, ecology, economics, geography, sociology, political science, and psychology.

The objectives of the curriculum are to teach basic concepts and methods from the social, biological, and physical sciences as they relate to the interactions among people and the environment; to train students in the techniques of empirical research; to provide opportunities for experiences in "real world" situations; to guide students in acquiring practical skills such as environmental assessment, professional writing, data analysis, and demographic analysis; and to broaden students' knowledge regarding environmental problems and how people cope with them.

While many graduates work in a related field, others choose different directions. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Agricultural Broker Environmental Policy Analyst Investigator, Dept. of Agriculture
Agricultural Chemical Sales Rep. Environmental Researcher Landscaping Consultant
Agricultural Consultant Environmental Specialist Loan Specialist
Agricultural Economist Farm Appraiser Market Analyst
Envir. Communications Expert Farm Credit Manager Plant Sanitation Manager
Environmental Consultant Farm Machinery Dealer Production Superintendent
Environmental Lawyer Farm Realtor Purchasing Agent
Environmental Legislative Liaison Feed Dealer Quality Control Specialist
Environmental Manager Feed Lot Manager Sales Representative
Environmental Planner Insurance Claims Adjuster Securities Salesperson

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Agricultural Organizations Environmental Consulting Firms Insurance Companies
Banks Fertilizer Companies Paper & Wood Product Mfrs.
Chemical Manufacturers Food & Beverage Companies Restaurants
Colleges/Universities Food Marketing Chains Seed & Grain Corporations
Dairy Industry Glass, Cement, Concrete Manufacturers Tobacco Industry


Government Agencies
Department of Agriculture Department of Health Science Federal Power Commission
Department of Agronomy Department of Reclamation Federal Reserve Bank
Department of Economics Department of Transportation Food and Drug Administration
Department of Energy Economic Research Service Population Bureau
Department of Environmental Science Environmental Protection Agency Safety & Consumers Office
Department of Food & Nutrition Farm Credit Administration .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Food and Water Watch Canvasser

Terracycle Executive Team Internship

Rutgers Climate Institute Webmaster

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behavior
Organization Job Title


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behavior
Lancaster Envir. Services Corp. Account Manager

NJPIRG Canvass Director

Productive Business Solutions CEO

Turkey English Teacher

Liberty Science Center Envir. Programs Asst.

Selig Chemical Co. Envir. Regulatory Chemist

US EPA Environmental Scientist

NYU Medical Center Lab Assistant

HIP Health Medicaid Liaison

Terracycle Operations Manager

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Cornell University PhD Communications

Montclair State University M.Ed. Education

Pace University, Law School JD

Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning &

Rutgers University, School of Social Work MSW

Seton Hall University, Law School JD

University of Vermont, Law School JD

Yale University Master's Forestry & Divinity

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