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Degrees in Environmental Science/Studies

By earning a degree in environmental science/studies, you’ll be part of an expanding and dynamic field full of challenging career opportunities. Degrees in this field are plentiful and vary depending on your area of interest. You can earn an associate, bachelor, master, and even a doctorate in environmental science/studies.

What are the Requirements for Earning an Environmental Science/Studies Degree?

The level of education you want to pursue will determine the requirements for earning an environmental science/studies degree. There are four types of degrees: associate, bachelor, masters, and doctorate. Below are the basic requirements for obtaining each type of degree:

  • Associate degree in Environmental Science/Studies: This is a two-year degree that combines career-specific classes with general education courses. You’ll take such classes as environmental history and resource management in addition to biology and chemistry.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Studies: In three or four years, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Studies, which prepares you for many entry-level jobs in the field. You’ll complete such courses as environmental safety, pollution control, and physics as well as a series of general education requirements in English, math, history, and more.
  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science/Studies: An M.S. in Environmental Science typically takes two years to complete and requires students to complete field-specific courses such as environmental monitoring, environmental planning, and ecological management. Once you’ve earned an M.S. in Environmental Science, you’ll be prepared to assume management and leadership roles in your field.
  • Doctor of Environmental Science: With a PhD in Environmental Science, you’ll be highly-trained environmental professional with both the management and leadership skills to run your own company, supervise a department, and many other elite positions. These programs can take anywhere from four to seven years to complete.

What Can I Do with an Environmental Science/Studies Degree?

With an environmental science degree, you can to work in a variety of professions. Depending on your level of education and experience, you can work as a:

  • Oceanographer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Science Teacher
  • Conservation Agent
  • Resource Manager
  • Air Quality Manager
  • Wetlands Scientist

Featured Online Programs

Ashford University — The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at Ashford University explores cultural, social, and environmental issues at the local and global level. The Environmental Management MBA program features a greater emphasis on business management of environmental organizations. Ashford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, wascsenior.org.
Johns Hopkins University — Johns Hopkins University offers numerous degrees in the environmental science field. The school's MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy degree features an interdisciplinary curriculum in the basic sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Courses review the ozone layer, greenhouse gases, nuclear waste, and acid rain.
Liberty University — The Bachelor of Science in Green & Sustainable Management from Liberty University features a curriculum that reviews federal EPA and state environmental rules and regulations, explores environmental principles, and examines environmental protections. Courses study industrial waste, solid waste and hazardous waste management along with solutions for minimizing air, soil and water pollution.
Purdue University — The Purdue University Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management degree program provides for an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science. Courses study environmental issues and policies and examine relationships between public and private sectors. The MS in Environmental Policy dives deeper into the field, by questioning current trends in the industry.
Rochester Institute of Technology — The MS in Environmental Science from Rochester Institute of Technology is a great degree for those venturing out into the green industry. Upon graduation, students will be able to utilize project management skills to achieve performance objectives, demonstrate a working knowledge and leadership of an array of renewable energy sources, and prepare sample bids and sample project development plans.
Southern New Hampshire University — The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree from the Southern New Hampshire University helps students prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Courses include Principles of Biology, Introductory Chemistry, Principles of Environmental Science, Physical Geology, and Conservation Biology.
Colorado Technical University — "CTU’s Doctor of Management - Environmental and Social Sustainability degree program is designed for professionals passionate about making a positive difference in the world. As more organizations recognize the need to conserve energy and other resources, this doctorate degree can help you acquire the credentials to guide organizational policy and action in a direction that shows concern for profits, people and the planet."
Stockton University — "The PSM is built around a solid core of required technical and non-technical courses that provide common baseline knowledge. This core is supplemented by a broad selection of electives tailored to an individual’s specialty area. In combination, the core and associated electives form a curriculum that can easily adapt to the needs of individual students."

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