Environmental Science, B.S.

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The BS in environmental science provides students with rigorous training in the fundamental science of the environment, and the application of the key scientific principles to the analysis of environmental processes and problems and to the development of practical responses to those problems. The program covers the fundamental techniques of environmental science and engineering, protection and improvement of environmental quality, environmental policy, risk assessment and risk management, and public and private decision-making processes. Graduates of the program are prepared to undertake careers in a variety of environmental science fields, and are also qualified to pursue advanced scientific/professional education.

Students select a concentration in conservation, ecological science, environmental health, human and ecosystem response to climate change, marine, estuarine and freshwater ecology, or wildlife. Through the course work below, environmental science majors satisfy the university-wide requirements in natural science, quantitative reasoning, and synthesis. Students can fulfill the writing intensive requirement for this major by taking EVPP 337.

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor’s degrees including the Mason Core. Beginning with the Spring 2018 semester, please note the changes in Biology courses to satisfy the Natural Science component of the Mason Core. 

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This program of study is offered by the College of Science.


Conservation (CNSV)
Ecological Science (ESCI)
Environmental Health (EVHL)
Human and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change (HERC)
Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Ecology (MEFC)
Wildlife (WILD)

If you are seeking information on available undergraduate minors in the areas of environmental science and/or environmental policy, please visit the Undergraduate Degrees page and scroll to the bottom.