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.
The curriculum for this online degree is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:
- Environmental economics
- Water science management, conservation, and issues
- Soil management and soil contaminants
- Environmental policies, regulations, and laws
- Environmental and ecosystems management
- Statistical techniques and their application in real life
- Environmental issues from a moral and philosophical approach
- Biology, chemistry, and physical geology with online lab work
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.
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.