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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.