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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The Environmental Science major is a science-based course of study that focuses on the natural environment and man's interactions and use of its resources. Students examine the structure and function of natural systems and develop techniques and skills that will allow them to work in the field of natural resources.

A degree in Environmental Science can lead to careers in a wide variety of public and private organizations and government agencies. It will also prepare those students who wish to pursue advanced graduate study.

Students who have completed a degree in Environmental Science at Columbia College will be able to:

  1. Explain scientific vocabulary and knowledge
  2. Describe biological principles, models and theories used to predict, understand and apply to environmental phenomena
  3. Explain and demonstrate the scientific method and its applications
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills, including familiarity with the use of instrumentation and analytic methods commonly used in environmental research
  5. Interpret scientific results through the use of statistical analyses and critical thinking, and make conclusions
  6. Demonstrate competence in evaluating scientific writing and primary literature
  7. Recognize and apply key issues regarding ethics in Environmental Science and everyday life


Physical & Biological Sciences Department

Degree requirements

The Columbia College Catalog outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your degree program. This includes required courses in your major and general education requirements, as well as elective classes you will select.

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The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree is available and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.

Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.


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