Online B.S. in Environmental Science and Climate Change

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Next Start Dates:

January 6, 2020
February 17, 2020
March 30, 2020
May 4, 2020


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Get ready for a vibrant career implementing solutions to the world’s environmental issues.

Do work that matters

Explore careers that make a difference.

Preparation for graduate degrees in engineering

Get exposure to implementing green technologies and lay the groundwork for advanced degrees.

Cross-disciplinary science skills

Receive a rigorous cross-disciplinary science education (biological, physical, and social sciences) with the ability to analyze and interpret data.

100% Online: B.S. Environmental Science and Climate Change

Today’s scientists must be prepared to assess environmental problems and provide solutions. Through transdisciplinary learning, linking the social, physical, and natural sciences, Unity College environmental science students will be poised for a vibrant career implementing solutions to the world’s environmental issues. Learning through the lens of climate change adaptation and mitigation, this program will allow students to step into enriching careers that make a difference.

This degree program prepares you for a career as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector, environmental consultant, environmental engineer (with graduate school), 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.

Online Environmental Science and Climate Change Degree Program Highlights:

  • One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Learn about solutions to environmental issues from a transdisciplinary perspective.
  • Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • Get professional skills training by doing a concentration in Environmental GIS, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Business, or Wildlife Ecology, or Emergency Disaster Management.
  • Make professional connections with leaders in your field.
  • Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
  • Eight start dates per year

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.

Career Goal Concentrations

This degree program offers a diverse selection of concentration areas to focus your study toward your career goals. Students work with an academic advisor to determine which area best meets their career goals. Current concentration areas available to students include:

Renewable Energy

This specialization will allow students to apply their environmental science degree to understanding the growing field of renewable energy. This is a degree that prepares a student nicely to move into a graduate degree in engineering. You’ll be exposed to the exciting world of creating and implementing green technologies, such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass power. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 9 credits in courses such as: Introduction to Green Energy: Politics and Implementation, Alternative Energy Technologies (with Lab), and Renewable Energy: Science, Technology and Management.

Environmental GIS

This specialization will allow students to apply their environmental science degree to understanding the growing field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will gain valuable technical skills in cartography, GIS data analysis, and geospatial data collection (remotely sensed imagery from satellites, aircraft, and drones, social media, telemetry, GPS, etc.). Courses include: Introduction to GIS for Environmental Solutions, Maps and Graphics for a Changing World, and Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis.

Other concentration options: Sustainable Business, Emergency Disaster Management, and Wildlife Ecology.

Job Outcomes of the Online B.S. in Environmental Science and Climate Change Degree

According to O-Net, the nation’s primary source for occupational information, the green economy is changing the world of work and is creating a high demand for green occupations. Graduates of the B.S. in Environmental Science and Climate Change will be prepared for numerous careers in sustainability and the environment:

Environmental Compliance Specialist

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 8.2%

Median Salary:


Environmental Technician

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 12.1%

Median Salary:


Environmental Engineer

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 8.4%

Median Salary:


Health and Safety Engineer

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 9.9%

Median Salary:


GIS Specialist

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 9.3%

Median Salary:


Energy Engineer

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 6.4%

Median Salary:


Solar Installer

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 104.4%

Median Salary:


Unity College and all established programs are accredited. As a newly launched program, the BS in Environmental Science is pending approval.

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