STEM Programs

Environmental Science Degree

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Bachelor’s Degree Programs

The environmental science degree combines the disciplines of biological science, conservation science, and physical science into an integrated approach of studying the environment and the world around us. Environmental science majors are prepared with the skills to solve environmental problems, challenges, and so much more.

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Why should I earn an environmental science degree?

Make a Difference

Effect change and work on big issues like climate change, precision agriculture, and conservation of natural resources.

In Demand, Close to Home

Gain knowledge and experience in conservation and agribusiness — two in-demand fields for the state of Iowa and the Midwest region.

Higher Income

In 2018, environmental scientists and specialists earned a median salary of $71,130 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Can I Do With an Environmental Science Degree

  • Agribusiness
  • Local and state conservation
  • Laboratories
  • Environmental assessment

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On Campus

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Why study environmental science at BVU?

Scholarships and Grants

Access special finds to participate in internships and field courses.


Get involved in ecological assessments of environmental restoration projects at the Whiterock Conservancy, which oversees a 4,300-acre nature preserve.

In Demand

100 percent of Environmental Science majors from BVU’s Class of 2018 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Professional Experiences

Campus Greenhouse

Manage plants found around campus and grow plants for community projects. You’ll get the opportunity to become more familiar with different areas of botany, an area of environmental conservation, and to gain management skills.

Analytical Lab

Access the large amount of testing equipment available and conduct your own water quality research utilizing Storm Lake and other local bodies of water. You’ll graduate with the analytical skills sought by employers.

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Tyler experienced a once in a lifetime internship with Northwoods Predator Ecology: Wolves and Northwoods Carnivores in Sandstone, Minnesota. The class consisted of learning about carnivores in northern Minnesota and their relationships with prey. Tyler was able to travel to an enclosure with wolf pups, visit the International Wolf Center and National Bear Center, and use radio equipment in airplanes to locate wolves that had been collared for research. This internship and other BVU experiences and classes cemented Tyler’s future plans to be a conservation officer for the Iowa DNR. 

Environmental Science Courses

  • Major in Environmental Science (54-55 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in Environmental Science (21 Credit Hours)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Environmental Science Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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