Environmental scientists analyze environmental issues and develop practical solutions. They look to repair and prevent damage caused by climate change, overpopulation, loss of biodiversity and other crises. They're protectors of the planet, champions of clean energy and self-admitted tree huggers.
At Southern New Hampshire University, you can gain the education and experience you need to pursue your passion with an online environmental science degree. This BS degree program gives you a strong foundation in natural and physical sciences. Choose the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program alone or elect a concentration in Natural Resources and Conservation or Geospatial Technologies.
In the natural resources and conservation concentration, you'll focus on the conservation and management of natural resources and remediation of natural and human hazards. You'll develop a broad-based interdisciplinary skill set that companies and organizations are looking for to solve complex environmental problems like climate change, alternative energy, and sustainability.
The geospatial technologies concentration will give you practical, real-world experience in geographic information systems (GIS) technology, including spatial awareness, remote sensing and imagery analysis. These technologies are an essential planning, analytic and management tool used in the field of environmental sciences to help GIS professionals visualize data in a geographic model. In SNHU's online geospatial technologies degree, you'll explore the acquisition, integration and analysis of geospatial data that's applicable to a wide array of environmental issues.
Watch the two-minute video to learn more about this online degree, including how you'll get hands-on experience in courses and labs.
Due to shipping laws, lab courses requiring lab kits must be completed within the contiguous United States. New students living outside the lower 48 states may be eligible to transfer in lab credits from accredited institutions. If a currently-enrolled student moves outside of the contiguous U.S., they may petition to take the labs at another institution for credit.
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The unique interdisciplinary BS in Environmental Studies online program gives you a foundation in essential environmental concepts with courses such as Ecological Principles and Field Methods, Environmental Ethics and Environmental Science Research Methods. Coursework features instructor-led labs using custom lab kits that are mailed to students to provide hands-on learning.
Upon completion of the online environmental science degree, you'll have the knowledge and skill set to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor’s in environmental science online at SNHU include:
Our online environmental science programs equip you with the skills you need to pursue or advance your career in a wide array of roles, including environmental scientist, geospatial analyst, geographic information systems specialist, protection specialist and hazardous substance scientist.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sees 11% growth for environmental scientists and specialists through 2026.* The BLS also projects 6% growth for geographers through the same time period, about as fast as the average rate for all occupations.*
The online environmental science degree program gives you a strong foundation in natural and physical sciences, like biology, chemistry and physics. Choose the environmental conservation concentration, and you'll study the implications of climate change, loss of biodiversity and other environmental issues. In the geospatial technologies concentration, you'll tackle spatial awareness, geospatial programming, remote sensing and imagery analysis.
SNHU's bachelor's in environmental science program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 121
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.