Biology (Environmental Science) (BS)

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.

Degree Offered

Biology (Environmental Science) (BS)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

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.

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
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary6%$86,260
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Chemists 2.6%$73,480
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 15.4%$73,080
Climate Change Analysts 10.7%$66,250
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Restoration Planners 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary8.6%$77,470
Range Managers6.9%$61,860
Fish and Game Wardens 1.9%$50,880
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 4%$58,270
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary6.8%$84,090
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary8.7%$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
Industrial Ecologists 10.7%$66,250
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists8.3%$79,930
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Molecular and Cellular Biologists -0.4%$74,720
Park Naturalists6.9%$61,860
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).

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