Environmental Science (BS)

Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences, the Environmental Science (BS) 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.

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

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 3 credit hours from the following:

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 Admission to a Combined Bachelor's / Master's Program and Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

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