Environmental Management & Policy

Please note: this program will be phased out beginning in Fall 2018 and will be replaced by Geography (GPY), effective Fall 2019. Current environmental management and policy majors (those who declared by May 2018) will be able to graduate with EMP degrees. Current majors wishing to change to the GPY major should consult with program faculty.


"The truth is that we have never conquered the world, never understood it; we only think we have control. We do not even know why we respond in a certain way to other organisms and need them in diverse ways so deeply." - Edward O. Wilson

The Environmental Program at RMC offers majors in Environmental Science (ESC), Environmental Management and Policy (EMP), and Environmental Studies (EST). Our courses emphasize interdisciplinary studies in the field and laboratory with a broad range of hands-on experiences. Many of our programs include field trips to Yellowstone National Park and the Bighorn and Beartooth Mountain Ranges. Students and faculty also conduct ongoing research projects at sites on the Yellowstone River, which is the longest free-flowing river in the U.S. The proximity of the largest city in Montana (Billings) and abundant natural resources and open land make for an ideal outdoor laboratory to study human interactions and impacts on the environment. In addition, our average class size is about 14 students, with some even smaller. This enables plenty of one-on-one time with faculty and greatly enhances learning opportunities, such as field trips and the option of overnight camping at research sites.

Environmental Management & Policy

The environmental management and policy program (EMP) provides students with rigorous, problem-oriented training in the theories and practical skills they will need to contribute meaningfully to on-going efforts to craft a sustainable, just world.

Through interdisciplinary coursework, unique field-work, internship, and service-learning opportunities in the Yellowstone River watershed (and beyond), EMP students learn to think, speak, and write critically and pragmatically about the links between environmental science, human development, and decision-making.

Rocky Mountain College's location along the Yellowstone River and proximity to both the Beartooth Mountains and Yellowstone National Park provide EMP students with unique opportunities to explore first-hand the human-environment dynamics and development patterns that drive resource management policies.

Rocky Mountain College offers the following major in Environmental Management & Policy:

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Policy