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Environmental Science and Climate Change

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is November 15. Applying is easy and free!

Make a difference

in a changing world.

The world needs solutions! You can provide them. Create change in an environmental science career like green consulting, inspecting, engineering, and urban/regional planning.

Program Overview

The B.S. in Environmental Science and Climate Change degree enables students to work effectively as environmental consultants, environmental resources specialist, or climate resilience scientists. Learning through the lens of climate change adaptation and mitigation, this program also prepares students with a sound understanding of modern environmental issues and the professional skills needed for effective functioning in modern natural resource organizations.

Program Features

+ One-on-one academic and professional advising as our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality. 

+ Unity College is an accredited institution by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). 

+ Experiential Online. Experiential programs are delivered 100% online with fieldwork designed with the working professional in mind. 

+ Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time. 

+ Make professional connections with leaders in your field. 

+ Get job placement assistance. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services

+ Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from eight year-round start dates.

+ Pursue a concentration in environmental GIS, renewable energy, sustainable business, wildlife ecology, or emergency disaster management.

+ Transfer friendly! We will accept up to 90 credits. 

Experiential and Immersive Coursework

Environmental Field Log

Students are tasked to inspect and survey their local environments and identify three environmental issues. They are asked to catalog the observations they make, and reflect on how their observations make sense in light of the characteristics of their local area.

Human Impacts on the Environment

In this coursework, the students are asked to determine what human activities have impacted our environment in their local communities. They may also discover what geologic processes have put humans or their property at risk. Students should consider the causes and outcomes as well as solutions to these issues.

Community Climate Change Appraisal

It is important to be able to collect and understand data as well as to be able to communicate the findings to people that do not have a science background. Students are tasked with analyzing data in their local community on environmental impacts and create a communication plan to explain the problem and propose viable solutions.

“I took the class, Warming Planet: Understanding Climate Change with Dr. Calhoun. This class allowed me to explore the effects of climate change relating to my home town. The information I learned is relevant in current discussions of climate change and efforts to move towards more sustainable practices. “

—Jay M.

Experts in the Field

At Unity College, our Faculty is comprised of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

Dr. Mabry Calhoun

Dr. Mabry Gaboardi Calhoun

Instructor of Geospatial Technology

Dr. Mabry Gaboardi Calhoun earned her B.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Florida State University. Throughout her career she has passionately taught courses about Environmental Science, Physical Geology, Earth Science, and Climate Change.

Dr. Calhoun has spent her time doing varied types of research. At the Florida Geological Survey she mapped the geology to create state maps. In another portion of her career, she spent time in China doing research on fossil samples using geochemical analysis to explore the paleo environment and learn more about climate change. With her varied experiences in the field and doing different types of research, she brings value to her students by opening them up to the world of possibilities as an environmental scientist.

Small Class Sizes

Small Class Sizes

At Unity College, we believe our students are not just a number. The value of small class size intimacy is just as important to us in our distance education program as it is in traditional classroom settings. We give the benefit of creating tight-knit communities where networking can flourish. By keeping our class sizes small, our faculty can dedicate their time to providing all one-on-one guidance when needed by a student.

Degree requirements and courses

The environmental science and climate change degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. For more requirements, browse our degree checklist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are students saying?

“This class is a great way to understand one of the most pressing environmental issues that we are facing today.  Dr. G. does an excellent job of making the topics covered personal by having you focus on the area you live in while also looking at a grander scale, and is there to work with you to make sure you understand the materials”

“Everything about this course enhanced my learning.”

“I feel like the discussion boards really enhanced my learning in this course.”

Career Outlook

Earn your degree.

Unlock new opportunities.


Environmental scientist and specialist jobs in the U.S., 2018.


Median pay for environmental scientists and specialists, 2018.


Estimated U.S. job growth for environmental scientists and specialists through 2028. 

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.

Careers and Outcomes

Follow your curiosity.

Realize your potential.

Faculty Profiles

Seek out knowledge.

Learn from leaders.

View our Unity College Distance Education Course Catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.

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Last Updated on October 6, 2021