Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science provides scientific coursework in both the natural and social sciences, while focusing on the complex relationship among science and public policy. This online bachelor's degree offers a fundamental understanding of environmental policy and analysis, and environment management issues such as stewardship of natural resources, pollution management, fish, and wildlife management, and hazardous materials. This degree program helps prepare you for a career as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector, environmental engineer, civil engineer, or urban or regional planner. In addition to the core scientific studies, this bachelor’s degree helps to improve your critical thinking, analytical skills and communication skills which are valuable assets in all industries.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online degree is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Environmental economics
  • Water science management, conservation, and issues
  • Soil management and soil contaminants
  • Environmental policies, regulations, and laws
  • Environmental and ecosystems management
  • Statistical techniques and their application in real life
  • Environmental issues from a moral and philosophical approach
  • Biology, chemistry, and physical geology with online lab work

Courses in this online degree are taught by expert practitioners. Many are leaders in the field and hold positions at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, the Nature Conservancy, and other prominent government and nongovernment organizations.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Assess the political, legal, economic, and social dynamics associated with the environment and management of the environment.
  • Examine environmental compliance in terms of moral, political, and economic factors.
  • Analyze environmental issues within their economic, historical, and theoretical context.
  • Assess an environmental perspective that includes alternative approaches to economic development and incorporates a code of responsibility.
  • Evaluate the consequences of ecological disasters on public health, productivity, and social and economic welfare.
  • Explain the social, environmental, and economic barriers to the implementation of sustainable environmental practices and programs.

Degree at a Glance


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Environmental Technology and Management

Explores the theoretical foundations of environmental hazard mitigation and pollution management and how regulations, policies, and politics influence environmental management and sustainability. Covers management strategies, compliance standards and current and emerging technologies in contaminant treatment, remediation, and disposal. Examines strategies and mitigation plans for contaminants and the impacts on public health, public safety, society, and the economy.

Sample Courses

  • EDMG240 - Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
  • EVSP320 - Energy and Resource Sustainability
  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • EVSP412 - Environmental Management Systems
  • EVSP414 - Air Quality Management
  • EVSP430 - Pollution and Pollution Management

Fish and Wildlife Management

Offers an overview of concepts and principles of fish and wildlife resource management. Examines the agencies responsible for resource management and the competencies of professional fish and wildlife managers. Management techniques and methods, public lands management, and the regulations, policies, and politics that influence U.S. fish and wildlife management are also covered.

Sample Courses

  • EVSP341 - Introduction to Wildlife Management
  • SCIN401 - Mammalogy
  • EVSP342 - Population Ecology
  • EVSP416 - General Ecology
  • EVSP417 - Conservation Biology
  • SCIN311 - Fishery Biology
  • SCIN314 - Botany
  • SCIN402 - Ornithology


This general concentration allows you to select from more than 15 different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

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  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

Regional and Community Environmental Planning

Identifies critical issues in landscape level planning and development that affect regional and local environmental planners. Examines how to assess and meet resource needs and solve complex land use problems. Topics include leading trends and challenges in environmental planning and how current and emerging technologies affect sustainable land use and energy development.  

Sample Courses

  • EVSP321 - Land Use and Planning
  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • EVSP415 - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EVSP421 - Water Resources Management


Examines foundational principles of resource and energy sustainability and how these principles apply to land use and development planning. Topics include current and emerging renewable energy technologies, society’s dependence on fossil fuels and other traditional forms of energy, and why social and economic barriers prevent acceptance and use of sustainable products, goods, and services.  

Sample Courses

  • EVSP312 - Introduction to Sustainability
  • EVSP320 - Energy and Resource Sustainability
  • EVSP321 - Land Use and Planning
  • EVSP322 - Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • EVSP418 - Green Infrastructure and Renewable Technologies

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.