Environmental Science, BA

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The Environmental Science, BA degree offers students a deeper understanding of how the environment impacts humankind, but more importantly, how humans impact the environment.

A bachelor's degree in environmental science from ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences empowers you with diverse and practical skills in science, communication, critical thinking and leadership, enabling you to tackle any issue affecting our land, air and water systems.

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The study of human impact on the earth's ecosystems and resources has become increasingly important over the past 20 years. The BA program in environmental science is dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

This degree program is founded on established environmental basics, ensuring that students are well-versed in biological study including molecular, organismal and ecosystem biology. Students gain competency in chemistry, statistics and geographic information systems. Rounding out student preparation, the program includes a focus on the management and communication skills necessary in various environmentally-specific careers.

The Bachelor of Arts in environmental science prepares graduates to find innovative and sustainable solutions to today's critical environmental challenges, including pollution and climate change. The world-renowned faculty conduct research across the globe and engage students in the process of creating new scientific knowledge that, in turn, impact a rapidly changing world.

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Environmental Science, BA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

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Career outlook

Career opportunities for graduates of this program include employment in environmental policy, management or leadership positions in federal and state agencies, local municipality planning offices, 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.

Example careers

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:


Career*growth*median salary
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
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Water Resource Specialists 9.9%$118,970
Soil and Water Conservationists 6.3%$61,480

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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