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Environmental Studies Schools and Programs

Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in environmental studies are available throughout the U.S. Programs can be found at community colleges, as well as 4-year colleges and universities.

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Environmental studies cover a wide variety of topics, including botany, environmental law and policy, the atmosphere, climatology, wildlife science, water quality, geophysics, environmental engineering, resource management, sustainability, and land use. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available in this field.

Schools with Environmental Studies Programs

Environmental studies programs are offered at many schools across the country and are sometimes synonymous with environmental science programs. Here are eight schools that may interest students looking to study environmental studies:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Baylor University Waco, TX 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $40,198
California State University Seaside, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,119 in-state, $17,279 out-of-state
Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,096 in-state, $15,232 out-of-state
Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV 2-year, Public Associate's $2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state
University of Hawaii Hilo, HI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $7,332 in-state, $19,788 out-of-state
University of Nebraska-Omaha Omaha, 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,898 in-state, $18,610 out-of-state
University of Oregon Eugene, OR 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $10,289 in-state, $32,024 out-of-state
Western Washington University Bellingham, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,611 in-state, $20,963 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for environmental studies schools:

  • Given the huge variety of topics covered by environmental studies, prospective students will want to carefully research their concentration and education track options to see which school will be the best fit for them.
  • Environmental studies programs usually focus on the flora, fauna, geology, and climate that are featured in the school's environment, so an institution's location is an important consideration.
  • Schools that have strong links with environmental organizations in the area will be able to offer more opportunities for internships and practical experiences.

Associate's Degree in Environmental Studies

Associate's degree programs in environmental studies include general education courses and basic science courses. Work done in an associate's degree program can usually transfer to a bachelor's degree program.

Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies

Bachelor's degree programs in environmental studies may qualify students for employment or offer preparation for master's degree programs. Students may be required to complete an internship and senior research project.

Master's Degree in Environmental Studies

The concentration area a student chooses typically dictates the curriculum of an environmental studies master's degree program. Hands-on field experiences and internships may be included, as well as independent research projects. A master's thesis is commonly a required part of the coursework, though some programs give students the option to complete another type of final project.

Ph.D. in Environmental Studies

Ph.D. programs in environmental studies are largely research-based, commonly resulting in a dissertation of the student's original findings. Students may be required to have completed master's coursework and a master's thesis prior to beginning doctoral-level coursework. A Ph.D. program may take several years to complete.

Environmental studies programs can be found at many different institutions at both the graduate and undergraduate level, giving students an education into the science and ethics of their surroundings. Concentration areas, research focuses and a school's location are important things to consider when choosing a school for environmental studies.

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