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.

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)


      Core Courses

      • BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
      • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
      • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
      • ENVS 102 Environmental Science Laboratory
      • ENVS 103 Introduction to Environmental Science
      • ENVS 110 Physical Geology
      • ENVS 201 Conservation Ecology
      • ENVS 210 Global Climate Change
      • ENVS 320 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems(GIS)
      • ENVS 400 Supervised Project
      • ENVS 495 Internship
      • ENVS 498 Senior Capstone Seminar
      • MATH 140 Applied Statistics
      • MATH 145 Elementary Functions
      • PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics
      • PHYS 115 Environmental Physics

      Option 1: Physical Science

      Three of these four classes must be taken.

      • ENVS 215 Agriculture and the Environment
      • ENVS 305 Introduction to Soil Science
      • ENVS 312 Environmental Chemistry
      • ENVS 317 Environmental Hydrology

      Option 2: Biological Science

      Three of these four courses must be taken.

      • BIOL 210 Zoology
      • BIOL 222 Botany
      • BIOL 333 Island Ecology
      • BIOL 426 Ornithology
      • BIOL 427 Herpetology
      • BIOL 428 Mammalogy
    • Minor in Environmental Science (21 Credit Hours)

      • ENVS 103 Introduction to Environmental Science
      • ENVS 110 Physical Geology
      • ENVS 201 Conservation Ecology
      • ENVS 210 Global Climate Change
      • ENVS 495 Internship
      • ENVS 498 Senior Capstone Seminar
      • MATH 140 Applied Statistics
      • PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics

    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 special education, teaching English as a second language, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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