Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

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Approx. program length:

4 years



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A cleaner world starts with you

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In this BS in Environmental Science program, you will:

  • Study sustainable resource management
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  • Analyze environmental issues using physical and life sciences
  • Propose solutions to environmental problems
  • Expand your critical thinking, information utilization, analysis and scientific research skills/li>

Prepare to help make a difference in the environment. You can complete your BS in Environmental Science degree in four years, and you’ll take one short course at a time, so you can balance work and life on the path to your degree.

Course length:

5 weeks

Total credits required:


Max. number of transfer credits:


Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 120 credits — which include 15 credits of a focus study — to complete this program. These may be earned through a combination of required and elective courses.* Required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits. View general requirements>

Your focus study includes classes in an area of your choosing outside of your required course of study, such as Psychology, Communications or Marketing. This built-in program versatility adds to the interdisciplinary nature of your BS in Environmental Science with courses that supplement your core courses.

*Courses range across topics such as biology, chemistry, hydrology, geology, environmental sustainability and public policy. While Environmental Science is a rigorous scientific field of study, it does not require more math coursework than most non-science degree programs.

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. Transfer eligible college credits or apply to have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit. Contact an enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for more information.

Core courses

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Principles Of Biology bio101
Conservation Biology bio280
General Chemistry I chm150
General Chemistry II chm151
Principles Of Environmental Science env100
Physical Geology glg220
People, Science And The Environment sci256
Plant Physiology bio204
General Biology bio240
Physical Geography geo180
Oceanography sci209
Ecology And Evolution bio315
Environmental Economics eco370
Environmental Law env320
Environmental Toxicology env410
Environmental Risk Assessment env420
Environmental Issues And Ethics sci362
Environmental Sustainability sus300
Environmental Management env310
Global Change env315
Energy And The Environment env340
Water And Wastewater Treatment Technology env350
Watershed Hydrology env400
Public Policy Analysis env431

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to be 11 percent between 2016 and 2026. A BS in Environmental Science degree can help prepare you to be an:

  • Environmental analyst
  • Environmental programs specialist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Store manager

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, graduates should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance the University meets quality standards.

Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.


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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program, you can:

Earn your degree online

Our environmental science degree can be earned entirely online, making it different from many other programs.

Explore contemporary challenges

Study environmental grand challenges and big ideas, such as promoting sustainability, improving urban infrastructure and more.

Balance work, school, and life

Built to fit into the lives of busy working adults, our BA in English can be completed in four years by taking one 5-week course at a time.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree, you’ve got the way.

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