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BS Environmental Science

Students who are interested in and wish to pursue a career in areas of conservation, alternative energy, or geology could benefit by enrolling in Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program. Continue reading for details about SNHU's BS in Environmental Science.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants should have a strong interest in environmental issues and comfortable in learning physical science. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program have the opportunity to study introductory topics relating to environmental problems, policies, and research methodologies. They can also participate in hands-on projects regarding technologies and tools used in environmental jobs. Classroom and lab courses are offered in biology and chemistry. Students also complete courses in geography, physics and ecology and can choose from among two areas of concentration: natural resources and conservation or geospatial technologies.

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Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science:

Degree Courses

  • BIO 120: General Biology I
  • BIO 120L: General Biology I Lab
  • BIO 315: Ecological Principles and Field Methods
  • CHM 101: Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • CHM 101L: Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab
  • ENV 101: Environmental Science
  • ENV 250: Environmental Science Research Methods
  • ENV 344: Environmental Science Colloquium I
  • ENV 444: Environmental Science Colloquium II
  • PHY 101: Principles of Physics
  • PHY 105: Geology
  • PHL 363: Environmental Ethics
  • Choose two of the following courses:
    • ENV 319: U.S. Environmental Law and Politics
    • GEO 200: World Geography
    • HIS 270: American Environmental History

Natural Resources and Conservation Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Select four of the following courses:
    • BIO 330: Conservation Biology
    • ENV 305: Global Climate Change
    • SCI 218: Natural Resources
    • SCI 220: Energy and Society
    • SCI 333: Waste: Sources, Reduction & Remediation

Geospatial Technologies Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • SCI 225: Spatial Awareness
  • IT 242: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • IT 338: Geospatial Programming
  • GEO 345: Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis

General Education Courses

  • 12 credits of Foundation Area courses
  • 25 credits of Exploration Area courses
  • 9 credits of Integration Area courses

Note: Students must take MAT 240 as part of the General Education Requirements.


  • 30 credits of electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have completed this program, graduates of Southern New Hampshire University's BS in Environmental Science program could continue their studies in an advanced degree program. Those seeking to pursue upper management or executive positions in this field would likely be required to hold a master's degree.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Environmental Science
  • Master of Science in Environmental Studies
  • Master of Business Administration in Environmental Management

Career Paths:

Graduates of Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program can pursue opportunities in various settings, including engineering firms, labs, or state or federal offices.

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