You will likely spend two or more years in any given liberal arts degree program, which is why it’s important to find one that suits your individual needs and maintains strict standards for coursework, professors and student support services.
If you are a student who appreciates flexibility and the option to attend school from the comfort of your home, then an online environmental science degree is for you. The following schools are known for their notable online environmental science degree programs:
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana / Online
Montana State University offers a Master of Science in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences program. This 30 credit, online degree program was created for students “interested in understanding and managing landscapes at multiple scales through integrated and multi-disciplinary coursework and independent study.” Courses include, but are not limited to: Insect Ecology, Herbicide Physiology, Environmental Biophysics, and Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology.
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina / Online
North Carolina State University offers two master’s degree programs in relation to environmental sciences: the Master of Environmental Assessment and the Master of Environmental Engineering. The Master of Environmental Assessment degree is built upon an interdisciplinary approach and offers courses like Environmental Stressors and Global Environmental Law and Policy. The Master of Environmental Engineering degree is ideal for engineering students or professionals who have a special interest in environmental engineering with a focus in air pollution prevention, water resources or groundwater hydrology, among other specialties. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering may require additional courses before admission into the Master of Environmental Engineering program.
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon / Online
Oregon State University is ranked as one of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Program,” for 2014. This Northwest college offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Sciences online. Students are given the opportunity to choose a degree focus that most interests them. Areas of specialization include: fisheries and wildlife, geography, horticulture or business and entrepreneurship. In addition to this major, OSU offers online students the option to minor in one of several areas of study.
The following schools offer high quality, campus only ES programs. These programs offer students a wealth of benefits, including personal instruction, student activities, clubs and resource centers.
University of Colorado Boulder
The Environmental Sciences major at the University of Colorado-Boulder is offered for both undergraduate and graduate students. The undergraduate program offers a broad but intensive education in environmental science, based on a solid foundation in subjects like policy, math, ethics, writing and economics. Both undergraduate and graduate students must choose a specialization. For undergraduates, the choice may include a focus in climate and energy or natural resources. For graduate students, the choice is pulled from three areas of focus: Sciences, Policy and Values, and Theory.
New York, New York
Columbia University’s environmental science major requires students to acquire basic knowledge in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. Students have the option to complete a special concentration in environmental biology; classes include Forests and Environmental Change, Ecotoxicology and Hydrology, among many others. Columbia students are given the opportunity to participate in clubs, leadership activities, Greek life and Student Council.
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Berkeley’s Environmental Sciences programs are offered by the College of Natural Resources. While this college does not offer a graduate degree or Ph.D. in environmental science, it may offer one of those degrees in a similar, environmentally-based subject. This college is considered outstanding for its fantastic faculty, and they can boast that 29 alumni of UC-Berkeley have gone on to win a Nobel Prize. U.S. News and World Report ranked UC-Berkeley at #20 on their national best colleges list.