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Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science

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Lead Communities as a Skilled Communicator

Grounded in Sustainability Science

Convenient and affordable, our Environmental Studies major offers students a new way to earn a degree from America’s Environmental College. The B.S. in Environmental Studies is available through Hybrid Learning, giving you the freedom to choose where and how you learn. A combination of online and in-person courses, fieldwork, and research opportunities ensure your environmental studies education is both rigorous and flexible. 

About the B.S. in Environmental Studies Program

The environmental studies degree at Unity College, offered via Hybrid Learning, combines humanistic perspectives with a sustainability science framework to prepare students to become skilled communicators and environmental leaders. Students will critically analyze and create cultural products that reflect the reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment while strengthening their ability to articulate key questions, define problems, and enact change. Through an interdisciplinary and experiential approach, students will develop a broad base of professional skills and have opportunities to integrate disciplines within the humanities, such as art, journalism, business, and history. 


As a leading college of the environment, we don’t just talk the talk. Leading the way to a sustainable future is the foundation and heart of Unity’s mission. Our students graduate ready to roll up their sleeves and make an impact in diverse environmental studies jobs. 

Environmental Studies vs Environmental Science 

Environmental science applies biology, chemistry, geology, and other sciences to environmental problems and solutions. The field of environmental studies, on the other hand, delves into social, economic, and political factors—such as how laws promote sustainability, or how emerging fields like environmental therapy make life better. Some environmental studies colleges, like Unity, offer both majors. Learn more about our environmental science program. 

Environmental Studies Program Highlights

$74,000

Average yearly salary of sustainability specialists

+ 13%

10-year projected job growth for community planners

94%

Number of recent graduating class that are employed or attending graduate school.

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Environmental Foundation
Gain key scientific perspectives on environmental issues
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One-on-One Research
Career mentoring opportunities
Hands-on
Applied learning modeled around real world scenarios
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Research Opportunities
Collaborate with faculty on externally-funded grants, classroom-based research, and self-initiated research projects
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Online or In-person
Work with dedicated instructors online or in-person.
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Communication Skills
Gain visual and media skills

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Careers in Environmental Studies

According to the 2018 Report of the Global Commission of the Economy and Climate, (The New Climate Economy) the global economic benefit of enacting socially and environmentally sustainable practices will have a projected economic impact of $26 trillion by 2030.

With this much at stake, the job market for individuals with knowledge and skills for developing and implementing sustainable practices in diverse, collaborative environments is growing rapidly. The environmental studies degree will prepare you for diverse careers, including:

Environmental Studies Career Outcomes

  • Sustainability Specialist

    $74,520 – Average yearly salary
    +8.8% – 10-year projected job growth
    Use your skills to set sustainability goals, propose strategies, and measure outcomes as a sustainability specialist in a private, government, or non-government organization.

  • Community Planner

    $65,000 – Average yearly salary
    +13% – 10-year projected job growth
    Draw on your knowledge of complex systems and human behavior to plan resilient, sustainable communities.

  • Communications Manager

    $61,000 – Average yearly salary
    +10% – 10-year projected job growth
    Leverage your communication and collaboration skills to direct public relations programs, communicate with media, and manage internal communications in private, government, or nonprofit organizations.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. Labor Insight™ – Accessed May 4, 2020.

Discover the many ways Unity College Career Services can help you reach your career goals.

Apply Today

Looking for an environmental studies online degree that offers the chance to take in-person courses, too? At Unity College, outdoor environmental and sustainability education is not just a degree. It’s a way of life. Our Hybrid Learning programs invite you to join our campus community and participate in classroom and outdoor learning, while still enjoying the flexibility of online learning when it suits you. Whether you’re still searching for the school of environmental studies that’s perfect for you or getting ready to apply, we’re here to help. Contact us to learn more about earning your bachelor’s in environmental studies at Unity. 

Apply online, learn more about our hybrid learning, or contact our Unity College Recruiters.

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