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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science provides students with a strong science background with a focus on the environmental issues of the future. Through lecture, lab and field classes, you will get hands-on experience with biology, chemistry, the geosciences, physics and math. In this program students learn how to draw connections between these disciplines needed to solve the complex environmental problems facing the local community and society at large.

As part of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, this degree allows you to combine diverse approaches to the environment which incorporate humanities and the social sciences. Through coursework and independent study, you will develop skills needed for scientific research, technical writing and grant preparation.

A culminating capstone experience gives you the opportunity to work with a scientist on your own undergraduate research project or to intern with a community group to gain practical experience. Our program prepares you to work in government, academic, private or non-profit careers or to continue your education in a variety of scientific disciplines.

Conservation Biology and Ecology option

In addition to the standard Environmental Science BS degree, you may complete a Conservation Biology and Ecology option as part of the degree, allowing you to obtain an interdisciplinary Environmental Science BS degree while demonstrating extra proficiency in the discipline of conservation biology and ecology.

Geoscience option

In addition to the standard Environmental Science BS degree, you may complete a Geoscience option as part of the degree, allowing you to obtain an interdisciplinary Environmental Science BS degree while demonstrating extra proficiency in the discipline.

Environmental Science student learning outcomes

Students who complete this degree will:

Be conversant in theoretical concepts of the biological and physical sciences and their application to understanding and studying the environment;

Develop a basic understanding of the humanities and social sciences, and the interdisciplinary connections between these subjects and the natural sciences, in order to understand and solve environmental issues;

Develop advanced scientific skills necessary to achieve an understanding of and solutions to environmental problems including physical and biological measurement techniques, statistical data analysis, hypothesis formulation and conceptual modeling, research project design and working collaboratively;

Environmental Science career options

Students with this degree often pursue careers in education, policy and other fields that mesh natural and social sciences and humanities. Our graduates often go on to work with organizations such as: Americorps Citizens for a Healthy Bay; City Governments; County Conservation Districts; County Health Departments; GeoEngineers Green Earthworks Construction, Inc.; National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; Parametrix; Tacoma ACTS; US Department of Agriculture; US Environmental Protection Agency; US Geological Survey; UW Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS degrees); UW Friday Harbor Labs; UW School of Law; WA Conservation Corps; WA Department of Ecology; WA Department of Natural Resources; WA Department of Transportation; WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Areas.


  • Conservation Biology and Ecology option
  • Geoscience option

Which department am I in?

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street,



98402, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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