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Columbia College Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science

Learn about the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment including how natural resources are managed with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree from Columbia College.

Explore environmental science at Columbia College

The natural environment and the use of resources are increasingly significant issues—and this science-based program examines the structure and function of natural systems to help graduates create effective strategies for the resolution of environmental challenges.

Your studies at Columbia College will focus on the interactions between living organisms and the natural environment through courses in biology, ecology, chemistry, zoology and botany. Students spend time in the lab and in the field, developing practical skills in research and scientific methodology. They also examine the structure and function of natural systems for a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between living organisms and the environment.

Opportunities to study:

  • Plant anatomy
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Zoology
  • Population genetics
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Taxonomy
  • Natural resource management

Prepare for a career in a diverse range of environmental fields

Columbia College graduates have the skills and knowledge to create effective strategies for the resolution of environmental challenges anywhere humans and nature intersect—in fields like conservation, natural resource management, soil science, agriculture or wildlife and fisheries management.

You will have the skills and knowledge to go beyond the immediate issue at hand to look toward long-term solutions through the lenses of natural resource management, policy and sustainability. In addition, your understanding of research methods and statistics for natural sciences will prepare you for advanced graduate study.

Some possible paths include:

  • Environmental Education Specialist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Field Technician
  • Botanist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Soils Technician
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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 54 credit hours
  • Electives 24 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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