The ECS major offers a series of problem-based learning courses, culminating in a capstone course in the senior year emphasizing integration of science and policy approaches to real-world environmental issues.

The Ecosystem Science and Policy program offers two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).  Students earning a B.S. in ECS must also complete a science track to deepen their understanding of a specific area.  Students earning a B.A. in ECS complete a series of courses with a stronger social science focus.  ECS courses for both degrees emphasize integration of science and policy approaches to real-world environmental issues. Students are required to complete either an environmentally related internship or a research project with the Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy or with other UM faculty.

Only those courses passed with a grade of ‘C-’ or better in the ECS core may be applied to the major or minor. All ECS majors are required to maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in order to graduate with a double major in ECS.