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.

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 focussed 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:

  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Director of Conservation Science
  • Campaign Organizer/Green Policy Advocate
  • Community Development
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Project Ecologist
  • High School Teacher
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Marine Conservation Program Coordinator
  • Marine Science Educator
  • Sustainability Program Director
  • Sustainable Interior Designer

What will this program look like?

Whether you are on-campus or online, immerse yourself in our interdisciplinary, integrated, and hands-on program. Gain relevant and practical understanding of the scientific, political, economic, community, and social justice aspects of today’s environmental problems. Gain first-hand experience in areas like field ecology, resource management, community-based conservation, and science communication. Gain specific on-the-ground skills in community development, real-world problem solving, critical thinking, field and laboratory methods, and oral and written communication. Learn in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, like the Grand Canyon, Norway, and Kino Bay, Mexico. Focus on one of four concentrations: Marine Studies, Environmental Education, Conservation Biology, Natural History, and Ecology. 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 Date
August 22, 2023

Application Checklist

  • List of References
  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Essay (email for details)

Key Program Information

Careers & Opportunities

Career Pathways

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

  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • 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.