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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 or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

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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