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Environmental Science (BS)

Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences, the BS in Environmental Science draws upon the natural sciences, which form the foundation of environmental science. Students are strongly encouraged to seek research experience either with faculty or with one of the many research institutions in the Washington, DC area.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the program is through formal declaration of the major through the Department of Environmental Science.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 62 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Environmental Science (23 credit hours)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (24 credit hours)

Social Sciences (9 credit hours)

Skills (3 credit hours)

Experiential Learning (3 credit hours)

Complete a maximum of 3 credit hours from:

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.