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The Biology program offered at ASU's West campus offers a concentration focused on Environmental Science, providing students a biological perspective of the mechanisms that sustain our natural environment. Students have the opportunity to engage in research on a global scale, as our faculty take students around the world in an effort to find ways to improve the environment we depend on.
The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences offers a BS in biology with a concentration in environmental science in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.
All the core courses, which emphasize experiential learning, include required laboratories. By learning in an integrative environment that underscores the connectedness of these disciplines, students gain a better understanding of larger scientific concepts and they can view these concepts from multiple perspectives. Students pursuing this concentration will take a set of courses which focus more on environmental science than those pursuing a BS in biology.
While the emphasis is on science, students will learn to approach environmental science from an interdisciplinary perspective, in part by studying environmental ethics and policy.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in the growing field of environmental science (which includes topics such as environmental consulting, environmental remediation, and natural resource management) and are prepared for graduate programs in environmental science or related disciplines.
Biology (Environmental Science) (BS)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of
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WUE eligible program
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.
According to the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010), employment of environmental scientists is expected to grow by 28 percent between 2008 and 2018. This is far more rapid growth than the average rate of growth for all occupations. The handbook indicates most rapid growth will occur in the private sector, primarily in private environmental consulting firms.
This concentration will allow students to tailor their courses of study to their interests in the science of the environment, to help prepare them for careers in the public and private sectors (e.g., in environmental consulting, environmental remediation, natural resource management, etc.) as well as for entry into graduate programs in environmental science and related disciplines.
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:
|Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary||6%||$86,260|
|Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary||16.2%||$74,580|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||15.4%||$73,080|
|Climate Change Analysts||10.7%||$66,250|
|Clinical Research Coordinators||3.3%||$120,050|
|Education Teachers, Postsecondary||9.1%||$59,720|
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||10.7%||$66,250|
|Environmental Restoration Planners||10.7%||$66,250|
|Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary||8.6%||$77,470|
|Fish and Game Wardens||1.9%||$50,880|
|Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists||4%||$58,270|
|Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary||6.8%||$84,090|
|Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary||8.7%||$81,780|
|Natural Sciences Managers||3.3%||$120,050|
|Occupational Health and Safety Specialists||4%||$69,210|
|Occupational Health and Safety Technicians||9.1%||$48,120|
|Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary||19%||$90,210|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||5.8%||$56,310|
|Water Resource Specialists||3.3%||$120,050|
|Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists||8.3%||$79,930|
|Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||5.9%||$54,940|
|Molecular and Cellular Biologists||-0.4%||$74,720|
|Physics Teachers, Postsecondary||15%||$80,720|
|Soil and Water Conservationists||6.9%||$61,860|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).