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Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science provides scientific coursework in both the natural and social sciences, while focusing on the complex relationship among science and public policy. This online bachelor's degree offers a fundamental understanding of environmental policy and analysis, and environment management issues such as stewardship of natural resources, pollution management, fish, and wildlife management, and hazardous materials. This degree program helps prepare you for a career as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector, environmental engineer, civil engineer, or urban or regional planner. In addition to the core scientific studies, this bachelor’s degree helps to improve your critical thinking, analytical skills and communication skills which are valuable assets in all industries.

Courses in this online degree are taught by expert practitioners. Many are leaders in the field and hold positions at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, the Nature Conservancy, and other prominent government and nongovernment organizations.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Assess the political, legal, economic, and social dynamics associated with the environment and management of the environment.
  • Examine environmental compliance in terms of moral, political, and economic factors.
  • Analyze environmental issues within their economic, historical, and theoretical context.
  • Assess an environmental perspective that includes alternative approaches to economic development and incorporates a code of responsibility.
  • Evaluate the consequences of ecological disasters on public health, productivity, and social and economic welfare.
  • Explain the social, environmental, and economic barriers to the implementation of sustainable environmental practices and programs.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Environmental Technology and Management

Explores the theoretical foundations of environmental hazard mitigation and pollution management and how regulations, policies, and politics influence environmental management and sustainability. Covers management strategies, compliance standards and current and emerging technologies in contaminant treatment, remediation, and disposal. Examines strategies and mitigation plans for contaminants and the impacts on public health, public safety, society, and the economy.

Sample Courses

  • EDMG240 - Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
  • EVSP320 - Energy and Resource Sustainability
  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • EVSP412 - Environmental Management Systems
  • EVSP414 - Air Quality Management
  • EVSP430 - Pollution and Pollution Management
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Fish and Wildlife Management

Offers an overview of concepts and principles of fish and wildlife resource management. Examines the agencies responsible for resource management and the competencies of professional fish and wildlife managers. Management techniques and methods, public lands management, and the regulations, policies, and politics that influence U.S. fish and wildlife management are also covered.

Sample Courses

  • EVSP341 - Introduction to Wildlife Management
  • SCIN401 - Mammalogy
  • EVSP342 - Population Ecology
  • EVSP416 - General Ecology
  • EVSP417 - Conservation Biology
  • SCIN311 - Fishery Biology
  • SCIN314 - Botany
  • SCIN402 - Ornithology
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from more than 15 different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.
 

View other concentrations in this program to see sample courses.

  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
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Regional and Community Environmental Planning

Identifies critical issues in landscape level planning and development that affect regional and local environmental planners. Examines how to assess and meet resource needs and solve complex land use problems. Topics include leading trends and challenges in environmental planning and how current and emerging technologies affect sustainable land use and energy development.  

Sample Courses

  • EVSP321 - Land Use and Planning
  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • EVSP415 - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EVSP421 - Water Resources Management
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Sustainability

Examines foundational principles of resource and energy sustainability and how these principles apply to land use and development planning. Topics include current and emerging renewable energy technologies, society’s dependence on fossil fuels and other traditional forms of energy, and why social and economic barriers prevent acceptance and use of sustainable products, goods, and services.  

Sample Courses

  • EVSP312 - Introduction to Sustainability
  • EVSP320 - Energy and Resource Sustainability
  • EVSP321 - Land Use and Planning
  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • EVSP418 - Green Infrastructure and Renewable Technologies

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

Material Costs

You will be participating in hands-on, at-home lab exercises, which require you to purchase additional course materials. The estimated total cost of these materials is $525 plus shipping and taxes. These materials are not covered by our university undergraduate book grant.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

This program resides in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) where more than 57 degree and certificate programs are available for students to find their area of interest ranging from space studies to environmental studies to IT and cybersecurity. American Public University is one of the few online colleges where you can work fully online to earn science and math bachelor’s degrees. Two of our bachelor’s programs (Natural Science and BSEE) are set up with full lab kits that are mailed to you to use at home. You won’t sacrifice hands-on experience with our online science programs! In addition, many of our STEM professors work to innovate their classroom, including Danny Welsch who uses video for you to learn from his virtual field trips.

The APU STEM program directors work with industry advisory councils to ensure that our students are prepared for the real world. APU also works with industry certifying bodies to ensure that our courseware meets the requirements of agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) and the DoD Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM).

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you