B.S. in Environmental Studies

University of North Carolina, Asheville

Date Posted: Aug. 18, 2016
Submitted by: Julian Dautremont-Smith
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


The Environmental Studies Program at UNC Asheville prepares students for graduate studies or for employment in government, education, industry, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum addresses environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences.

The department offers students the opportunity to pursue one of three concentrations: earth science, ecology and environmental biology, or environmental management and policy. Individualized options can be developed for students interested in other areas of environmental studies. Integral to all degrees concentrations is an on-the-job internship, which allows students to make connections between academics and organizations involved with environmental issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Sustainability: Our students will understand how to live a sustainable lifestyle and why a sustainable society is important for the environment.
  • Information Analysis: Our students will demonstrate their knowledge by analyzing information in a concentration area [ecology, earth science, or policy and management].
  • Environmental Literate Citizens: Our students will graduate with the basic knowledge to be environmentally literate citizens.
  • Computer and Technology Competency: Our students will demonstrate proficiency in word-processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Oral Competency: Our students will be able to speak effectively about environmental issues, using slide presentation software such as PowerPoint.