Getting a Degree in Environmental Studies

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Earn a Degree in Environmental Studies as Military or a Veteran

A degree in Environmental Studies prepares students for a variety of interesting and profitable careers. An environmental studies degree will provide students with education and skills that can be applied across a spectrum of disciplines including science, social behavior, and humanities. Students can gain a scientific background by which to understand environmental science while also gaining knowledge of the social, political, and ethical dimensions of environmental action and policy.

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Students earning a degree in environmental studies have a wide variety of career paths available to them, such as:

  • Wildlife researcher
  • Renewable energy lobbyist
  • State and federal air, water, and soil monitoring
  • Conservation advocate
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Large and small businesses development of efficient, sustainable products and processes.
  • US National Park Service ranger

Associate Degree in Environmental Sciences

An Associate Degree in Environmental Sciences is a great starting point for those interested in the environment and the outdoors. An associate degree will give a good foundation for those seeking to work in studying ecology and conservation of the planet’s resources. There is also opportunity to delve into varied interests from rural development to innovation of green business practices.

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Jobs with an Associate Degree in Environmental Studies

Park Interpreter

Creates a visitor connection to the parks, trails, and natural resources of the area. This is typically done through programs, signs, and exhibits to ensure that visitors have a positive experience. Median Annual Salary: $35,000.

Legal Assistant

Performs a variety of tasks to support all types of organizations such as law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.

Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies

While earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies a student will gain a wide-ranging set of skills that prepares them to tackle planet-wide issues of sustainability, ecology, green building and production practices, environmental business practices, and non-governmental advocacy of environmental issues.

Environmental Studies are typically administered within the College of Social Sciences. This helps ensure that students will gain a strong background in economics, politics, sociology, and business from both an American and an international perspective. Courses in math, humanities, education, and the natural sciences are also all essential for a holistic environmental education training.

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Jobs with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies

Conservation Scientist

Manages the overall quality of a variety of natural resources. Median Annual Salary: $62,000.

Forester

Manages the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. Median Annual Salary: $62,000.

Public Relations Specialist

Promote or create an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media. Median Annual Salary: $70,000.

Environmental Specialist

Uses their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. Median Annual Salary: $71,000.

Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies

Take your education to the next level by earning a graduate degree in Environmental Studies. Become a leader in the field from teaching environmental education or writing land, air, water, or energy policy at the local or national levels. A Master’s in Environmental Studies has a variety of career paths that one may embark on or continue on one’s current career path with greater earning power and a deeper knowledge of the many facets of environmental studies.

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Jobs with a Master’s in Environmental Studies

Legislator

Develop, introduce, and enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level.

Median Annual Salary: $46,000

Postsecondary Teacher

Instructs college students.

Median Annual Salary: $80,000

Natural Sciences Manager

Supervises the work of scientists including chemists, ecologists, and biologists.

Median Annual Salary: $129,000

VA-Approved Schools with Environmental Studies Programs

Ready to get started on a degree in environmental studies? Are you a veteran using your GI Bill Please make sure to verify with the school that your program is GI Bill® approved.

California University of Pennsylvania

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Cal U does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Le Moyne College

Offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Environmental Studies degrees. participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. The B.S. degree provides more comprehensive training for students for graduate study in policy or law, or positions in industry. The B.A. degree requires fewer courses, allowing students to combine the study of the environment with another field, such economics, political science or communications. Le Moyne participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Maryville College (TN)

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Maryville College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Pomona College

Offers an undergraduate degree with a major in Environmental Analysis. This major has tracks in environmental science and environment and society. Pomona College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Central Florida

Offers an online Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. The University of Central Florida participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Chicago

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. The University of Chicago participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.