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What is Environmental Science?

Environmental science is the study of physical, chemical and biological processes and how they affect the environment. Additionally, environmental scientists attempt to understand problems such as pollution, climate change, and resource depletion in a scientific manner. Individuals in this field will work in various locations and with varied employers in order to ensure the safety and preservation of resources and ecosystems.

Educational Requirements

Students seeking a degree in environmental science will be exposed to multiple scientific disciplines and learn to combine them in theoretical and practical settings.Due to the variety of sciences necessary to be able to properly work in the field, individuals will have to have strong backgrounds in math as well be knowledgeable regarding scientific theories, methodologies and technologies that may affect the study of environmental science and the gathering and examination of research. Degrees are available at all levels, though a bachelor's degree is typically required to be considered for employment.

Coursework may include classes in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Ecology

Employment Opportunities

Individuals in this field will seek employment either through government agencies or programs, or through private companies that seek to evaluate the effect of their business on the environment and how to be more eco-friendly. Additionally, employment within research studies or non-profit organizations is also possible. Higher level degrees allow individuals to be considered for grants to conduct their own research programs and employment as educators, with doctoral recipients often working within a university to conduct experiments and research. 

Job Growth, Salary, and Related Fields

Careers in environmental science are expected to grow more rapidly in the coming years. This is due to increasing concern by governments, businesses and individuals over the environment and how to prevent environmental disasters. The average wage for an environmental scientist is approximately $59,000 a year, with a low of $36,000 per year. A large portion of environmental scientists work for government agencies but private businesses are beginning to employ more in an effort to keep green. Growth is also being seen in private consulting firms.

If you are interested in environmental science, you may also like environmental studies, natural resource conservation and biology.

Colleges That May Offer Environmental Science

Listed below are the popular schools in the U.S. that may have environmental science programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting online or a state.

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University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a public research university located roughly 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The palm-lined, 1,000 plus acre campus is situated along the Pacific Ocean, with views of the ocean and Santa Ynez...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,671
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (805) 893-8000

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Studies (M,D)
  • Environmental Science (M,D)

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Texas A & M University is an international island university located in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is surrounded by natural wetlands, which provide a perfect laboratory for environmental and marine...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,506
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (979) 845-3211

Programs Offered

  • Environmental and Wildlife Management (B)
  • Environmental Studies (B)
  • Environmental Science (B)
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy (B)

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

SSU is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Rohnert Park,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,162
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (707) 664-2880

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B)

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University is a public institution located in Bellingham, Washington and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Western Washington University has a yearly student enrollment of over 15,000.Areas of study available at Western Washington...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,805
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (360) 650-3000

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Studies (B,M)
  • Environmental Science (B,M)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill or "Carolina") is just one of 16 public universities in North Carolina.  It is located in the charming college town of Chapel Hill.  One of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,693
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (919) 962-2211

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Studies (B,M,D)
  • Environmental Science (B,M,D)

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia, Charlottesville (U.Va.), is a public research university that was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. One of the original public "ivy colleges," it is considered to be among the top 25 best universities in the United States, and is ranked by...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,216
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (434) 924-0311

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,M,D)

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

The University of South Florida is located in Tampa. It is part of the State University System of Florida and is a public research facility. History The University of South Florida was...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,334
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (813) 974-2011

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,M)

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

About The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,692
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (310) 825-4321

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,D)

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University (SFSU), located in San Francisco, California, offers 115 bachelor's degrees, 97 master's degrees, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Special Education, and a Master's of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,440
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (415) 338-1111

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B)

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University - San Marcos is an institution of secondary education located in Texas hill country, equidistance between Austin and San Antonio. The San Marcos River runs nearby the main campus of Texas State, which has abundant trees, making it a beautiful...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,732
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (512) 245-2111

Programs Offered

  • Environmental and Wildlife Management (B,M)
  • Environmental Science (B,M)
  • Water, Wetlands and Marine Resources Management (B,M)
  • Land Use Planning and Management or Development (B,M)

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana is the largest and oldest campus in the University of Illinois system and is a public research facility. History The University of Illinois at Urbana was...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $14,522
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (217) 333-1000

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,M,D)

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

UVM is a public institution located in Burlington, Vermont and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. As a land grant institution this school is among larger public institutions in the state of Vermont. Approximately fourteen thousand students are enrolled annually at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $15,284
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (802) 656-3131

Programs Offered

  • Environmental and Wildlife Management (B)
  • Environmental Studies (B)
  • Environmental Science (B)
  • Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism (B)

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

Founded in 1820, Indiana University in Bloomington has since become the flagship campus of the Indiana University System and the main campus of Indiana University. IU Bloomington is a major research university that is distinguished among the best universities in the world,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,033
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (812) 855-4848

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,M,D)

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,874
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (510) 642-6000

Programs Offered

  • Environmental and Wildlife Management (B)
  • Environmental Studies (B)
  • Environmental Science (B)
  • Forest Resources Management (B)

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

Washington State University (WSU) is one of the top 60 public research universities in the U.S. The main campus for WSU is its Pullman Campus, located in southeastern Washington and 75 miles south of Spokane. WSU also has campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,300
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (509) 335-3564

Programs Offered

  • Environmental and Wildlife Management (B,M)
  • Environmental Science (B,M)
  • Forestry (B,M)
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (B,M)

American Public University System

Charles Town, WV

American Public University System (APUS) is an online institution of higher learning, tailored to working professionals who need affordable and convenient distance learning. It is regionally and nationally accredited.  The American Public University (APU) has a partner...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,400
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (877) 468-6268

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Studies (B)
  • Environmental Science (B)

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, CA

UCR boasts an excellent faculty that includes honored scholars and active researchers. UCR has been ranked among the top universities by U.S. News & World Report. According to a Washington Monthly 2011 report, it is ranked fifth in the nation among universities that...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,960
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (951) 827-1012

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,M)

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private research university in Manhattan, New York. Columbia University is the fifth oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S., founded before the American Revolution, and is an "Ivy League" university. A member of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $47,246
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 854-1754

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,M)

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University (OSU) is a top public research university located in the idyllic scenic town of Corvallis, Oregon. Just 90 miles south of Portland, OSU students are surrounded by 400 acres of the verdant green that Oregon is famous for, and within easy reach of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,138
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (541) 737-0123

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B,M,D)
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy (B,M,D)
  • Water, Wetlands and Marine Resources Management (B,M,D)
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management (B,M,D)

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM), located five blocks from Lake Michigan, offers 170 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The UWM offers excellent research programs. Additionally, in its effort to be an accessible institute of higher learning to...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,181
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (414) 229-1122

Programs Offered

  • Environmental Science (B)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.