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Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is February 22. Applying is easy and free!

Build skills to solve environmental problems

Confront the challenge of climate change. Help communities and businesses adapt. Advocate pragmatic solutions powered by green principles!

Unity College’s online Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies will provide the scientific and cultural background you need to assess and address environmental challenges. Apply this foundation to jobs in environmental consulting, sustainability management, public relations, community organizing, and more.

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*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.

Environmental studies major 

Take your concern for the environment and turn it into action. With the online B.S. in Environmental Studies, you will gain a holistic understanding of environmental issues. By studying natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, you will have the tools and perspectives needed to understand the causes and consequences of environmental problems.

As an environmental studies major at Unity, you’ll have access to:

  • One-on-one advising. Work with trained staff to reach your academic and professional goals.
  • Flexible scheduling. Complete your coursework from anywhere while working full-time and balancing life’s responsibilities.
  • Career resources. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services department. 
  • Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from eight year-round start dates.

In your degree program, you will take 63 credits of electives. This gives you the opportunity to focus your degree on the area most useful or interesting to you. Choose from sustainable business, wildlife ecology, emergency and disaster management, and environmental GIS.

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Degree requirements and courses 

The environmental studies degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. Thirty credits must be completed at the 300 level or above. For more requirements, browse our Environmental Studies Checksheet

Environmental studies courses

  • ENVS 201 The Warming Planet: Understanding Climate Change

    Climate change is one of the most urgent and complicated issues we face today. Here you’ll learn about the history of climate change and what factors have contributed to it. You’ll study the models, observations, technology, and theories scientists use to make predictions about the future of climate change and the possible consequences for untreated climate change. Lastly, you will study the connection between human activity and climate change and determine the potential social, economic, political, and environmental consequences.

  • MGMT 301 Starting Your Small Non-Profit

    Learn the process of starting a small business, from ideation to implementation. Emphasis is placed on designing a sustainable business model, writing a business plan, learning forms of ownership, and exploring funding opportunities. You’ll learn how to meet high standards for social and environmental impacts for small businesses. Upon completion, you will be able to bring together everything you’ve learned to launch your own business.

  • EVPC 301 Environmental Justice

    This course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice. The course begins by examining the philosophical foundations and history of the environmental justice movement and foundational concepts such as justice, race, gender, and class. Students will explore these concepts through a series of case studies of urban and rural environmental (in)justice in the United States and move on to environmental justice’s role on globalization.

  • FINC 301 Environmental Accounting

    Environmental accounting is increasingly being used in business and government to support the development of sustainable global solutions and government policy. Students in this course will learn how environmental accounting can show how different sectors of the economy affect the environment and how environmental policy affects the economy. The course will cover what environmental accounting is and why is it useful to business, how can environmental accounting help decision-making, what are key policy questions in relation to accounting, and what are the practical considerations professionals need to address to make environmental accounting an enduring reality for business and governments around the world.

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