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Environmental Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The Environmental Science degree focuses on natural sciences and research. The Environmental Studies degree is offered jointly with Geography and focuses on environmental problems and policy. ESM also offers a Minor in Sustainability and a Minor in Environmental Science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

All Environmental Science and Environmental Studies students are strongly encouraged to meet with an ESM advisor at least once a year to create a plan of study, discuss internship possibilities, or if you plan to switch tracks. It is also recommended that you meet with an advisor later in your junior year or early in your senior year to review your transcripts prior to applying to graduate.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

High school students from standard, public high schools or accredited private high schools must:
  • Graduate from a standard or accredited high school with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all graded subjects.
  • Take the SAT or ACT and have scores sent directly to Portland State University (our school code for SAT is 4610 and for ACT is 3492). Students who have not attended high school within the three years prior to the term they are applying for are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • Complete 15 units of college preparatory coursework with grades of C- or better in the following areas:
  • English: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 3 units culminating in at least the Algebra II level
  • Science: 3 units (one year of laboratory science is recommended) effective 2012
  • Social Studies: 3 units
  • Second Language: 2 units of the same language. This requirement applies to anyone graduating from high school in 1997 or any year after. See Second Language Proficiency for more information.
  • Freshman applicants who do not meet the minimum 3.00 GPA are considered for admission based on the combination of GPA and test scores listed below. Using this matrix, applicants must have earned the minimum GPA and the minimum score on either exam to be regularly admitted to Portland State University.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    570 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 570 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    171 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 171 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Portland

  • 1271 - 2270 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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