The Environmental Science, BS degree trains students in the natural sciences as it applies to understanding how humans interact with the natural environment, focusing on both the scientific knowledge and the hands-on skills important for success in the field.
The study of society's impact on the earth's ecosystems and resources has become increasingly important during the past 20 years. The BS program in environmental science at ASU's West campus is dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.
As technology evolves at a dizzying pace and the global population grows each year, the measurement of the human race's impact on the environment has created many new jobs and career paths. Environmental basics are required, ensuring that students are well-versed in biological study including molecular, organismal and ecosystem biology. This is backed by a strong foundation in chemistry, statistics and geographic information systems.
Because environmental science is a versatile and multi-faceted field, ASU supplements this degree with a focus on the management and communication skills necessary in various environmentally-specific careers.
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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Career opportunities for graduates of this program include employment in federal and state agencies (such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, etc.), private consulting firms and nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. Graduates of the program are also well-qualified to pursue graduate studies in relevant areas of the natural sciences.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Climate Change Analysts||11.1%||$69,400|
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||11.1%||$69,400|
|Environmental Restoration Planners||11.1%||$69,400|
|Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary||9.6%||$76,360|
|Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists||7.6%||$62,290|
|Water Resource Specialists||9.9%||$118,970|
|Soil and Water Conservationists||6.3%||$61,480|
|Soil and Plant Scientists||8.8%||$62,430|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).