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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Degree

Start your online environmental science degree

A cleaner world starts with you. Make a difference in today’s environmental landscape with an online Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree. Through courses in science and environmental issues, this program will help you understand renewable resources, sustainable green living, urban infrastructure and the changing climate.

Transfer credits

Your eligible transfer credits could cover up to 75% of your bachelor's degree.

Scholarships

Explore over $1 million in scholarship opportunities for new or transfer students.

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No SAT/ACT
No essay required

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Courses

Browse courses for your online environmental science degree

Education should hold practical value. That’s why our courses meet rigorous academic standards and provide you with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to your career.

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Requirements: 120 credits

You’ll need 120 credits — which include 15 credits of a focus study — to complete this Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits or credits earned through the University’s Prior Learning Assessment.

18 Core Courses

Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in a professional environment.

12 Gen Ed Courses

These courses lay the foundation for our degree programs, because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in the business world — they’re useful in daily life.

4 Elective Courses

4 elective courses + 5 focus courses: Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in, whether they’re related to your degree or not. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help you schedule classes for our online Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program.

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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every five- to six-week course.

We’ve worked with labor market researchers like Lightcast to find in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Tuition

Transfer credits

Your previous eligible college credits can save you time and money – helping you to graduate faster. That’s why we’ve accepted transcripts from 5,000+ institutions, so you can apply eligible transfer credits from an institutionally accredited university or college toward a degree of your choice.

75%

Of your bachelor's degree could be covered with eligible transfer credits.

Affordable, fixed tuition

Lock in the peace of mind that comes with fixed, affordable tuition. You’ll enjoy one flat rate from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate from your program. That’s your Tuition Guarantee.

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University of Phoenix degree vs other universities

Phoenix Capella DeVry GCU Purdue Global SNHU Strayer
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
$398
Cost per credit
$357/415[1]
Cost per credit
$514
Cost per credit
$485
Cost per credit
$371
Cost per credit
$320
Cost per credit
$328.89
Credits per course
Credits per course
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
3-6
Credits per course
2-4
Credits per course
4
Credits per course
5-6
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
4.5
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
$1,194
Tuition per course
$1,071-
$2,490
Tuition per course
$1,028-
$2,056
Tuition per course
$1,940
Tuition per course
$1,855-
$2,226
Tuition per course
$960
Tuition per course
$1,480
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Total program length in credits
124
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
5
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
7-8
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
11
Fees
Fees
Fees
One fee per course
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Tuition guarantee
Tuition guarantee
Tuition guarantee
YES
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO

Data pulled on March 31, 2023

[1] $357 per 1000-2000 level credit; $415 per 3000-4000 level credit

Source of data: For each institution, the data are publicly available in multiple locations, including Academic Catalogs, Program pages, Tuition and fees pages, and syllabi. All data are publicly available on the websites. 

Certain licensure programs and coursework in other degree programs may have additional fees. Please check with your advisor or course catalog for additional info.

COA Components Bachelors Degree (non-CBE)
Tuition and Fees¹
Tuition and Fees¹
Tuition and Fees¹
$9,288
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment
$1,416
Transportation
Transportation
Transportation
$1,360
Miscellaneous personal expenses
Miscellaneous personal expenses
Miscellaneous personal expenses
$550
Living Expenses²
Living Expenses²
Living Expenses²
     Food
     Food
     Food
$2,650
     Housing³
     Housing³
     Housing³
$5,120
Federal student loan fees
Federal student loan fees
Federal student loan fees
$60
Dependent care expenses
Dependent care expenses
Dependent care expenses
$0
Disability related expenses
Disability related expenses
Disability related expenses
$0
Total COA
Total COA
Total COA
$20,444

1The tuition component is based on a per credit weighted average for the credential level across the entire University.

2The University allows the same living expense amounts for students in all living arrangements and dependency statuses.

3The living expense component for students receiving Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) only includes an allowance for food.

Scholarships

Starting with your first course, every new, qualifying student will be awarded up to $1,000 to up to $3,000. Because scholarships shouldn’t just be for the chosen few – they should be accessible to all working adults, like you.

$1 Million

In scholarship opportunities

Financial aid

You have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

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Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science?

Learning can lead to earning. Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

A BS/EVS degree can help prepare you to be an:

  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Programs Specialist
  • Environmental Specialist

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Key concepts and theories in the physical and life sciences
  • Environmental issues and renewable resources  
  • Scientific reasoning, communication and foundational research methods
  • Ethical responsibilities in environmental science
  • Climate change and solutions to environmental problems
  • Urban infrastructure and sustainable green living
  • Relevant laws, public policies and risk assessment for evaluating environmental issues

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What you’ll learn

When you earn your BS in Environmental Science, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. You’ll learn how to:

  • Explore contemporary issues like sustainability, ethics and public policy analysis

  • Analyze environmental issues using physical and life sciences

  • Propose solutions to environmental problems

  • Manage environmental resources sustainably

  • Expand your critical and scientific thinking, information utilization, analysis and solutioning skills

5% Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Admissions

Apply for free – no application fee, no obligation.

Starting your degree is a big decision — and we want you to feel great about it. That’s why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No cost to request transcripts 
  • No SAT/ACT required 
  • No essay required 
  • No cost, risk-free trial for eligible students
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Receive highly rated 1-on-1 support

You’ll have a support team of real people you can lean on to encourage your success as a student. Start a conversation about your future with one of our enrollment representatives today.

Call us at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Receive highly rated 1-on-1 support

You’ll have a support team of real people you can lean on to encourage your success as a student. Start a conversation about your future with one of our enrollment representatives today.

Gabriel G., Enrollment Representative

Call or chat with us 7 days a week.

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Faculty Spotlight

Professionals dedicated to you

Your success is a top priority for our deans and faculty members. They bring an average of 26 years of experience and hands-on perspective to the classroom, and help bridge the gap between academics and industry knowledge.

Doris Savron

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader.

Doris Savron
Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

Accreditation

Count on the quality of your education

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org, since 1978.

Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Science in in Environmental Science degree

Environmental science looks at the relationship between scientific principles and the environment. It explores how social, political and cultural processes impact our planet by observing the physical, chemical and biological impact on the Earth.

Environmental science degrees can prepare you for careers in environmental compliance, environmental regulation and research science. Positions in these fields require an understanding of the social and political impacts on the environment.

Environmental science uses concepts from biology, earth science, physics, chemistry and social science to understand the environment and the things that impact it.

Yes, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science 100% online with access to online resources 24/7/365.

Our online Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree is designed specifically so that working professionals like you can earn it without leaving your current role. The degree helps you build a strong foundation in environmental science while teaching skills to help prepare you for a career in the field. You’ll learn from faculty who are currently working in the field and you’ll be able to join our large alumni network. Additionally, Career Services for Life™ help students in their current position and prepare them for career enhancement and professional opportunities until retirement.

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.