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Environmental Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s Environmental Science Program prepares students to become professionals in the field and protectors of the environment. Through hands-on, service-based learning, students develop expertise in evaluating human effects on the environment and sustainably restoring land and water ecosystems.
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Key facts:

  • Because Environmental Science program is small, students have the flexibility to customize the interdisciplinary curriculum to reflect their own interests. They receive abundant individual attention from expert faculty from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, geosciences and natural resource management. Graduates work in environmental positions with a variety of agencies, organizations and businesses or choose to enter law or graduate school.
  • The curriculum includes courses in chemistry, biology, environmental health sciences, geology and natural resources. The major is divided into three areas: foundation, quantitative and electives. All students take foundations courses such as Careers and Issues in Environmental Science, and Senior Seminar in Environmental Problems, a community-serving project in which students apply their knowledge to solve real problems. Students also choose one course from each of the following four foundations categories: geographic information systems, environmental health, environmental policy, and environment and society. On completion of their foundations coursework, they develop an individualized plan of study for their remaining degree program. Many students choose to enhance their studies through various outreach and community organizations such as The Environmental Stewardship Club and the Western Carolina University GeoClub.
  • WCU environmental science graduates enjoy a wide range of career and educational options. Graduates may choose to attend law school or graduate school, perhaps concentrating their studies in an environmental science subdiscipline. Graduates entering careers might find work in environmental positions with government agencies, consulting firms, manufacturing businesses, watershed associations and conservancies, non-profit organizations, and state and federal land management agencies. Other environmental options include jobs in conservation, monitoring, protection, policy, research, education and planning.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Environmental Science curriculum include:

  • Principles of Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • General Chemistry
  • Seminal Readings in Environmental Sciences
  • Seminar in Energy, Economics, and the Environment
  • Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Science
  • Methods in Geology
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Aquatic
  • Soils and Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Methods in Ecology and Evolution 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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