Why this program?

With climate change, pollution, and other issues mounting pressure on Earth’s natural systems, you want to learn how to best protect them. From science to policy to ethics, you want to examine the role humans play in these systems as both dependents and influencers. And you want to work alongside other informed and active citizens to offer sustainable solutions and lasting relationships between people and nature. You are independent and collaborative, and like hands-on experiences.

At Prescott College, you can earn your Bachelor of Arts (online or on campus) or Bachelor of Science (on campus) in Environmental Studies.

What can you do with this degree?

With a strong foundation in the natural sciences, ethics, and policy, graduates are well-prepared for any career focused on working towards a more sustainable future. From public and government agencies to private businesses, our graduates are equipped to make an impact wherever they go. Here are just a few examples:

  • Campaign Organizer/Green Policy Advocate
  • Community Development
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Project Ecologist
  • High School Teacher
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Marine Conservation Program Coordinator
  • Marine Science Educator

What will this program look like?

Whether you are on-campus or online, immerse yourself in our interdisciplinary, integrated, and hands-on program. Learn in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, like the Grand Canyon, Norway, Kenya, Costa Rica and Kino Bay, Mexico. Pursue one of our concentrations in Marine Studies, Environmental Education, Conservation Biology, Natural History, and Ecology, or design your own emphasis. Expand your studies by completing required courses through our partners with EcoLeague or CIEL. Use this degree to participate in one our accelerated Master’s degrees: Environmental Studies, Resilient and Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Food Systems, or Sustainability Management.

Key program information

Start Dates:
May 21, 2024 (online only)
August 20, 2024
January 14, 2025

Application Deadlines:
May 10, 2024
August 5, 2024
January 2, 2025
May 12, 2025

August 2, 2024
December 20, 2024

Application Checklist

  • Completed Application
  • Official transcripts
  • List of References
  • Essay

Admissions & Apply


Mariana Altrichter, Ph.D.

Environmental Studies

Over the past year, Mariana Altrichter, Ph.D. has been working on some more scholarly work and research. Dr. Altrichter and colleagues from Argentina studied the effectiveness of conservation inside Indigenous lands versus private or state-owned land. They conclude that land-tenure security is key for Indigenous territories to reduce forest loss, adding evidence to the importance of securing land-tenure rights of Indigenous communities for conservation purposes. At a regional scale, a large proportion of the remaining forests are Indigenous, and conservation initiatives should be co-developed with locals, respecting their rights, needs, and cosmovisions.

This research was published in the Journal of Global Environmental Change in July 2023. “Indigenous Lands with secure land tenure can reduce forest loss in deforestation hotspots.” Read more here.

Olivia Milner ’23

For Olivia’s senior project – “Fostering Ecological Identity: Tiny Ecosystems, Enormous Discoveries,” she worked on growing the educational Terrarium business that she and her partner and fellow Prescott graduate, Alyssa Culpepper, started in November 2022, inspired by their studies here at Prescott! She created the Instagram account @woodlandrootstrade to journal and share educational content with the public–documenting their discoveries from their adventures as students, naturalists, and entrepreneurs.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Pathways

The jobs listed below show how versatile our Environmental Studies BA/BS degree is, and how valuable our graduates are:

  • Audubon Alaska’s Director of Conservation Science
  • Campaign Organizer/Green Policy Advocate
  • Community Development
  • Environmental Director
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Conservation Director of the Sky Island Alliance
  • Director of Prescott Creeks
  • Director of Western Watersheds
  • Project Ecologist, Author, and Lead Scientist at Earthwatch Institute

Career Planning

Our student success team works with you to map out a plan that works, for your goals and your life. There are many ways to get where you’re going, and we’ve seen it all!

Are you interested in being part of our community?

One thing we all have in common is our passion – passion for helping others, passion for the environment, passion for social justice and a passion for a different kind of learning experience.