The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science provides scientific coursework in both the natural and social sciences, while focusing on the complex relationship among science and public policy. This online bachelor’s degree offers a fundamental understanding of environmental policy and analysis, and environment management issues such as stewardship of natural resources, pollution management, fish, and wildlife management, and hazardous materials. This degree program helps prepare you for a career as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector, environmental engineer, civil engineer, or urban or regional planner. In addition to the core scientific studies, this bachelor’s degree helps to improve your critical thinking, analytical skills and communication skills which are valuable assets in all industries.
Courses in this online degree are taught by expert practitioners. Many are leaders in the field and hold positions at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, the Nature Conservancy, and other prominent government and nongovernment organizations.
The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today’s marketplace. View all courses.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Assess the political, legal, economic, and social dynamics associated with the environment and management of the environment.
- Examine environmental compliance in terms of moral, political, and economic factors.
- Analyze environmental issues within their economic, historical, and theoretical context.
- Assess an environmental perspective that includes alternative approaches to economic development and incorporates a code of responsibility.
- Evaluate the consequences of ecological disasters on public health, productivity, and social and economic welfare.
- Explain the social, environmental, and economic barriers to the implementation of sustainable environmental practices and programs.
Degree at a Glance
- Number of Credits 122
- Max Transfer Credits 91
- Tuition Per Credit $270 | $250 with military grant
- Program Length 4 years full time
- Program Format Online | Monthly course starts
- Program Director Kelly Reiss
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Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.
Explore the concentrations available for this program.
Environmental Technology and Management
Explores the theoretical foundations of environmental hazard mitigation and pollution management and how regulations, policies, and politics influence environmental management and sustainability. Covers management strategies, compliance standards and current and emerging technologies in contaminant treatment, remediation, and disposal. Examines strategies and mitigation plans for contaminants and the impacts on public health, public safety, society, and the economy.
- EDMG240 – Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
- EVSP320 – Energy and Resource Sustainability
- EVSP322 – Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
- EVSP412 – Environmental Management Systems
- EVSP414 – Air Quality Management
- EVSP430 – Pollution and Pollution Management
Fish and Wildlife Management
Offers an overview of concepts and principles of fish and wildlife resource management. Examines the agencies responsible for resource management and the competencies of professional fish and wildlife managers. Management techniques and methods, public lands management, and the regulations, policies, and politics that influence U.S. fish and wildlife management are also covered.
- EVSP341 – Introduction to Wildlife Management
- SCIN401 – Mammalogy
- EVSP342 – Population Ecology
- EVSP416 – General Ecology
- EVSP417 – Conservation Biology
- SCIN311 – Fishery Biology
- SCIN314 – Botany
- SCIN402 – Ornithology
This general concentration allows you to select from more than 15 different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.