What will I learn?

We have one Earth. Help us make the most of it.

The director of the National Science Foundation has stated, "For the twenty-first century, our goal must be to understand, and learn to keep in balance, the bio-complexity of all of Earth's ecosystems.”

This will be your goal as a student in the program. You will explore complex environmental problems and learn how to solve them through integrated and coherent approaches. Explore global environmental challenges as they relate to waste management, environmental pollution, policy and law, water science, ecosystems, land use, energy systems, and more.

Whether you choose the thesis or non-thesis option, you will lead independent research in a topic that interests you and supports your career goals.

With this degree, you can become a/an:

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental planning specialist
  • Environmental Protection Agency employee
  • Corporate environmental safety or compliance manager
  • Analyst
  • Field scientist
  • Researcher
  • Lab technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Wildlife ecologist
  • Water quality manager
  • Green marketing representative
  • Manager of a non-profit or governmental agency
  • Outreach director
  • Land-use planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Social scientist
  • Educator/Professor

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (78 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$29,412.00 per year
Start date

16 May 2022, 22 August 2022


University of Idaho, Idaho Falls

1776 Science Center Drive,

Suite 306,



83402, United States

Full Time (78 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$29,412.00 per year
Start date

16 May 2022, 22 August 2022


University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive,



83844, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Graduate school applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The following are acceptable as proof of English competency for graduate students:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum overall score of 79

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall score of 6.5

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 77

U of I American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) with score of a Level 6/Advanced Pass

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


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