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Environmental Science, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Montgomery, AL, United States
With the Environmental Science program at Auburn University at Montgomery, you can take a job with a government agency such as the United States Geological Survey or the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, or work in the private sector.
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Overview

Program Description

If you want to spend your time wading through swamps studying the impact of encroaching human populations on endangered species, monitoring pollution levels in lakes and rivers, or advising industry on how to clean up the environment, then the Environmental Science program at Auburn University at Montgomery is right up your alley. Students majoring in Environmental Science must choose one of these concentrations:
  • Environmental Biology Concentration 
In the environmental biology concentration, students can prepare themselves for employment with private industry or government or for application to graduate degree programs in other universities. Potential job titles include: Water Quality Technician, Air Quality Technician, Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Park Ranger, Environmental Planner, Environmental Educator, Outdoor Educator, Environmental Scientist, or Park Interpretive Specialist. We also offer the Environmental Biology and GIS double major program for students to earn two degrees in Environmental Biology and GIS by taking 1-2 additional semesters.
  • Environmental Geographic Information Systems Concentration
Geographic Information System is a very important skill for many Environmental Scientists.  This concentration gives students an extensive skill set in GIS that they can use in the job market or as an entry point into graduate school. We also offer the Environmental GIS and GIS double major program for students to earn two degrees in Environmental GIS and GIS by taking 1 additional semester.
  • Environmental Chemistry Concentration
Environmental Chemistry is the study of the presence and movement of chemicals in the air, soil, and water. Environmental chemists study how these chemicals, usually contaminants, affect the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems. This concentration prepares students for future studies in the field or for positions in state or federal agencies as well as private enterprise. This degree is perfectly aligned with a Chemistry degree and students can easily earn a dual degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry for the same number of hours. 
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology Concentration
The health and toxicology concentration prepares students to look at their environment critically and assess how changes to their environment can affect their health and the health of their environment. This is a great choice for students interested in getting a job or going on to graduate school.

Points of Pride

  • Students participate in research with a faculty member and many publish papers and travel to conferences.
  • Faculty have grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Department of Education.
  • AUM has a relationship with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab that allows students to take marine biology courses at the Sea Lab on the Gulf of Mexico.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree in Environmental Science prepares you for a variety of public and private sector jobs. Job growth in all the life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to be 7 percent from 2014 to 2014, about average for all occupations. The most recent median annual wage for the life, physical and social science occupations was $61,450 — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

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 Science
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • GIS with Lab
  • Earth Science
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Pollution and Control

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A completed AUM online application; no application fee. 
  • Your official high school transcript (which should be mailed or e-mailed directly to AUM from your high school) and official English translation if your transcript is not in English.
  • Proof of English proficiency (unless you are exempt). You can take the TOEFL IBT (minimum 61 points), the IELTS (minimum 5.5 points), PTE (minimum 44), or the TOEFL PBT (minimum 500 points). More information about English proficiency test requirements.
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources (Bank statement and/or letter from your sponsor in English). The bank statement should show at least $28,625 available.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40672 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20336 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40672 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20336 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    19092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9546 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Montgomery

  • 860 - 1200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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