Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Environmental Science

An online bachelor’s degree in environmental science may provide individuals with training on the fundamentals and causes of environmental challenges. In this four-year program, students may learn how to analyze the scientific changes in the current environment. Program coursework may include general education requirements alongside major-specific classes including environmental research, sustainability, and environmental management.

Upon graduation, students may either opt for entry-level employment or pursue an online graduate degree. Baccalaureate-level graduates may seek employment in conservation programs, government agencies, education, non-profit organizations, and forestry preservation.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 19% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for baccalaureate-level environmental science programs may integrate general education requirements, electives, and core coursework. In these online classes, students may learn about the social and economical impacts on the environment, how population growth affects environmental change, and effective methods of sustainability. Core online environmental science classes may include the following:

  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Policies
  • Environmental Research
  • Business and the Environment
  • Scientific and Technical Writing
  • Concepts of Sustainability
  • Environmental Management

Career Options

Baccalaureate-level graduates may seek career opportunities in environmental education, ecology, conservation programs, forestry programs, and government agencies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for environmental scientists is projected to increase by 19% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geoscientist
  • Natural Science Manager

Continuing Education

Those who successfully complete a baccalaureate degree in may wish to further their studies by enrolling in a graduate degree program in the same or related field. A graduate degree in environmental science may provide individuals with the advanced ability to create sustainable environmental policies.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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  • BS in Environmental Policy and Management