Environmental Science

Gain Practical, Hands-On Experience with a Degree in Environmental Science

The B.S. in Environmental Science is designed for those interested in natural sciences and the interactions between humans and the world in which we live. Whether it is your intention to solve complex environmental problems facing society or to prepare for a professional career in medicine, the Environmental Science major will help you reach your goals.

The Environmental Science major provides a robust foundation in traditional science disciplines including biology, chemistry and physics. The degree also incorporates mathematics and the social sciences to build a scientifically literate individual with strong core competencies that are valued by employers, graduate programs and pre-professional programs. 

Customize Your Education Experience with the Environmental Science Degree

Through its multidisciplinary approach the Environmental Science major provides you a comprehensive and research-based perspective to understand and solve environmental problems. You also have the flexibility to select from several areas of emphasis for an individualized program of study. 

Choose from four pathways and customize your education to meet your specific career goals.

  • Biological & Health Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Environmental Physical Science
  • Pre-Professional: Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Health

Prepare for a Variety of Career Paths

The Environmental Science major provides you with the foundational knowledge you need for dozens of natural science areas, including biological, chemical, physical, environmental and health sciences.

Become an environmental scientist at the local, state and federal government, or use your skills to become a teacher. The Pre-Professional pathway in Environmental Science will set you up for Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Health professions. 

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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