Majors and Courses


The Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) major emphasizes 21st-century problems and opportunities involving interrelated environmental, economic, and political issues. The EEP major provides students in economics and policy studies with a background in ecological analysis and environmental management.  Students take basic courses in science, economics, politics, and mathematics, together with advanced courses in areas such as environmental law, environment and resource economics, politics and the environment, and natural resource management.  Seniors participate in a clinic course directed toward a specific environmental project. In the clinic, small groups of students work together to complete field work, analyses, report preparation, and oral seminar presentations.


1. Prerequisites (4 courses)
a. Mathematics 30. Calculus I.
b. Economics 51. Principles of Macroeconomics.
c. Economics 52. Principles of Microeconomics.
d. Politics 120. Introduction to American Politics.
2. Core Requirements (4 courses)
a. Biology 43L-44L. Introductory Biology.
b. Biology 137. EEP Clinic.
c. Economics 170, Environmental Economics (PZ) (or Economics 118, Processes of Environmental Policymaking or Economics 172, Politics and Economics of Natural Resource Policy in Developing Countries, both CMC).
3. Electives (8 courses chosen in consultation with major adviser)
a. Politics 103. Natural Resources in World Politics.
b. Politics 113. Social Change in Third World Societies (or Economics 144, Economic Development).
c. Chemistry 14L. Basic Principles of Chemistry (or one course from the list of biology or policy courses).
d. Chemistry 15L. Basic Principles of Chemistry (or one course from the list of biology or policy courses).
e. Economics 86. Introductory Accounting (or one course from the list of biology courses).
f. One course from the list of biology courses.
g. One course from the list of economics courses.
h. One course from the list of mathematics/statistics courses.
4. Senior Thesis
EEP 191. Senior Thesis.

Honors Program in Environment, Economics and Politics

A student who is majoring in Environment, Economics and Politics may apply for honors  if she has a minimum grade point average in the major of 10.5. This includes all the courses counted toward the major. She must also earn an A or A- on the Senior Thesis. She should inform her Scripps EEP advisor or Professor Morhardt in Keck Science of her intention, preferably by the latter part of her junior year.

The honors candidate who fulfills these criteria is required further to defend the senior thesis before her thesis readers, plus two additional faculty representatives – one from the Keck Science Department, and another from either the Politics or Economics Department at Scripps. It will be the responsibility of the student, once she is accepted for honors candidacy, to make all arrangements for the defense.

Keck Science Common Learning Outcomes

Students completing a major in the Keck Science Department should demonstrate the ability to:

1. Use foundational principles to analyze problems in nature.
2. Develop hypotheses and test them using quantitative techniques.
3. Articulate applications of science in the modern world.
4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts both verbally and in writing.

Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the Keck Science overall learning outcomes, EEP students should achieve an understanding of biology, economics, and government policy similar to, if not quite as extensive as, majors in these disciplines.