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Environmental Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Redlands, CA, United States
The Environmental Studies program from University of Redlands allows both specialization and integration across diverse subject areas and fields of concentration. Students choose a B.A in Environmental Studies or a B.S in Environmental Science and craft a concentration within their degree. 
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Course Description

  • Discovering how human societies affect the natural world and how the environment, in turn, affects our quality of life, is one of the most important learning experiences any student can have. At Redlands, however, understanding these relationships is not enough. Students in Environmental Studies learn how to preserve and repair these relationships in order to build a more sustainable society and a new "green" economy.
  • Environmental Studies is a field that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines, connecting the study of complex environmental systems with even more complex human social systems. Students at Redlands are encouraged to examine the relationship between humans and the natural environment from a variety of perspectives, drawn from the natural and earth sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities.
  •  All environmental majors engage in a common core curriculum that includes study of living systems (e.g., ecology), earth science (e.g., physical geography, energy and climate), environmental values (e.g., environmental ethics, world views), spatial analysis (e.g., geographic information systems - GIS), impact assessment and problem solving (e.g., design studios and policy clinics), research methods (e.g., field study, statistics) and practical environmental learning and applications outside of the classroom (e.g., study abroad, May Term travel courses, internships).

The Environmental Studies program from University of Redlands is highly distinctive in four major ways:

  • We have a dedicated full-time faculty who teach environmental courses, exclusively – we don't depend on the "kindness of strangers" from other departments to offer the bulk of our environmental courses.
  • We are interdisciplinary not only in what we teach but in the training and interests of the faculty who do the teaching – always promoting integrative thinking, with an eye toward sustainability as the organizing central concept.
  • Our "teachers" include the building in which we are housed: a bold, LEED-certified, 21st century "earthsheltered" structure that combines labs, project rooms, indoor and outdoor classrooms, faculty offices, the Redlands Research Institute and a roof garden covered by native grasses, rock and plant materials from which students can peer down into a hidden courtyard that separates the offices, labs and classrooms.
  • We offer multiple opportunities to study environmental conditions outside the classroom, both in the richly varied mountain, forest, city, desert and ocean environments within an hour's drive from campus, and in the amazing variety of regions outside of California that we visit through our travel courses and environmental study abroad programs. In recent years, students in Environmental Studies learned about wildlife conservation around campfires in Rwanda and Kenya. They studied environmental geology around small volcanoes, earthquake faults, and dams in southern California. They took tree ring samples in Peruvian Amazon in nearby mountains and used them to study climate change. They studied soil and food production in the sustainable University of Redlands farm. They hiked through remote jungles and across nesting turtle beaches in Costa Rica. Others donned snorkeling and SCUBA gear to explore the coral reefs of Palau, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. You get the picture. Our students know that the world is their classroom.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Studies
  • Literature of American Environment 
  • Food & Nature
  • Market-Based Conservation Policy 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Environmental World Views 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Environmental Law in Action

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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    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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    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.

General Requirements

  • The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
  • One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability
  • Students whose native language is not English, must meet the English requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Redlands

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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