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Guide to Environmental Science Programs and Top Colleges

written by: Nicky LaMarco•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 2/13/2012

Are you interested in a career in environmental science? It all starts with a good education. Find out what it is and see which colleges or universities offer the best environmental science programs.

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    Introduction to Environmental Science Education

    Environmental studies and natural resource management courses are being offered at schools, colleges and universities as a multi-disciplinary concentration which involves teachings in social, political and economic sciences.

    Natural resources management provides student with flexible approach to resource conservation like land, water, mineral and the wildlife. Environmental studies on the other hand place its concern on global protection of the environment and the creation of sustainable sources of clean air and water as well as safe energy diversification.

    Each area of discipline and concentration are categorized in courses and degrees that provide flexible approaches to the study of environmental sciences and resource management. The degree is either a BS (Bachelor in Science) or a BA (Bachelor in Arts) in any related subject about Environmental Science or Studies.

    · For those whose inclinations in environmental studies border on the technical aspects of the environment its problems as well as its analysis and solutions the course to be taken up would be one that is BS (Bachelor in Science).

    On the other hand, for those whose interest lies in policy and management aspect of environmental science which involves analysis and problem solving of environmental issues the course to be taken up would be one that is BA (Bachelor in Arts).

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    graduate (buket bariskan) Pre-requisites for college entry level may be similar to the one indicated below, but may also differ if other universities require additional.


    1. F .Sc/A-level or Equivalent with at least 60% Marks. B.A / B .Sc with Botany, Chemistry and Zoology or equivalent with CGPA 2.0/4.0 or at least 45% Marks.

    2. Must have passed the University admission requirement

    Satisfactorily complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test.

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    Top Five Universities in the US Offering Environmental Studies

    University of California, Berkeley

    Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies

    301 Campbell Hall, 642-0108.

    Administrative Office-Majors

    359 Campbell Hall, 642-2628.


    Here at UC Berkeley, Environmental Science students will learn about the effects of man’s activities regarding the environment and its natural system. To effectively address the related problems and issues, the students are trained to use the tools and techniques learned from studying different disciplines such as

    biology, ecology, chemistry, toxicology, geology, hydrology, meteorology, geography, engineering, statistics, behavioral science, policy analysis, economics, and law.


    Graduates of the Environmental Sciences can expect to find work in local, state and federal agencies such as the EPA, or for private environmental consulting firms. Given their solid background in the basic sciences graduates of Environmental Sciences have played major roles in solving some of the most critical challenges facing the world today.




    Related Courses Offered:



    BS Environmental Sciences


    BS Civil Engineering Environmental Emphasis


    BS Resource Management Natural or Physical Science Emphasis Social Science Emphasis


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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Ranking

    Chapel Hill, NC

    Institute for the Environment

    CB# 1105, 100 Miller Hall

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1105

    World population and its increasing demand for sustenance, goods and services has continuously depleted the earth’s natural resources causing much strain on the environment. The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill provides the Institute for the Environment as a solution by joining the faculty, students and staff from across the campus to offer multidisciplinary programs in education, research and outreach.

    The Carolina campus has an impressive array of activities in environmental education, research and outreach. These are carried out in building the collaborative spirit of Carolina.

    Related Courses Offered:

    BA/Minor in Environmental Studies

    BS Geology Environmental Geology Concentration

    BS Public Health

    BS/Minor in Environmental Science

    Geography Major Earth Environmental Systems Concentration

    Marine Science Minor

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    University of California - Los Angeles

    University of California--Los Angeles Ranking

    Los Angeles, CA

    Department of Earth and Space Sciences

    595 Charles Young Drive East,

    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567

    Southern California with its assortment of rich ecosystem provides a natural laboratory for environmental physiologists, plant and animal ecologists, and evolutionary biologists. Hence, UCLA is quite selective in accepting applications from qualified students lest they receive far more than they can accommodate.

    The freshman and transfer admission processes are given indetail at the Freshman AdmissionandTransfer Admission sections.

    Related Courses Offered:

    BS Atmospheric Sciences

    Department of Earth and Space Sciences UCLA

    phone:(888) ESS-UCLA

    Los Angeles, Ca 90095-1567

    BS Environmental Engineering

    Ecology, Behavior and Evolution Major

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    The University of Michigan

    The University of Michigan

    830 North University

    2019 Kraus Natural Science Building

    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048 USA

    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    In keeping with the current research-driven goals in biology, the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) aims to expose their students in the undergraduate curriculum to the latest areas of learning while providing hands-on research experience.

    EEB offers studies in ecology and evolutionary biology and the department participates in the LSA/SNRE Program in the Environment concentration.

    Related Courses Offered:

    BS Chemical Engineering

    BS Civil Engineering Environmental Emphasis

    BS Ecology

    Earth Sciences Minor Environmental Geology Minor Geochemistry Minor Oceanography Minor

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    University of Virginia

    University of Virginia

    291 McCormick Rd

    PO Box 400123

    Charlottesville, VA 22904-4123

    (434) 924-7761, FAX (434) 982-2137

    For students interested in joining the Environmental Sciences major/minor in our graduate program, information is available from our Prospective Students web page. All Environmental Sciences students interested in career opportunities, summer placements, and academic funding should consult the bulletin boards and literature outside the main office, Clark 111. Telephone: 924-7761.

    Related Courses Offered:

    Biology Major Ecology Track

    BS Chemistry Environmental Chemistry Specialization

    Environmental Sciences Major Atmospheric Science Option Geosciences Option Hydrology and Water Re