What will I learn?

This intercollege program, hosted between the colleges of Engineering & Physical Sciences and Life Sciences & Agriculture, is designed for students seeking broad, interdisciplinary training in the foundational sciences with an emphasis on the interactions of biological, chemical, and physical processes that shape our natural environment. The geosystems option, coordinated by the Department of Earth Sciences, provides students with foundational coursework in math and the sciences, enhanced by broad training across the environmental sciences and specialized training in Earth system processes, thereby positioning students with the ability to focus on climate, atmospheric and/or biogeochemical processes from an environmental sciences perspective.


The location of UNH, on the Great Bay Estuary and close to the White Mountains, provides an ideal backdrop for hands-on learning opportunities for all environmental science students. Students have multiple opportunities to immerse themselves in research experiences in the field and in state-of-the-art laboratories, and funds are available by competitive application to support these opportunities. Employment for environmental scientists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The increasing need for environmental protection and responsible land and water resource management is projected to spur demand for environmental scientists.


Environmental consultant
Environmental toxicologist
Geospatial scientist
Physical scientist
Resource manager
Science journalist
Secondary school teacher


The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) and the College of Life Science and Agriculture (COLSA) jointly offer a bachelor of science degree in environmental sciences. Environmental sciences, an interdisciplinary field, focuses on the interaction of biological, chemical, and physical processes that shape our natural environment. Students graduating with a degree in environmental sciences will have an understanding of these interacting processes, the ability to communicate effectively with both scientific and lay audiences, competency in field methods appropriate for entry-level environmental science positions, competency in the use and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a basic understanding of environmental policy, and the ability to contribute to multidisciplinary teams. The University of New Hampshire is a recognized leader in environmental sciences research, and the environmental sciences program capitalizes on faculty expertise in this area. The full-time faculty members comprising this program have major teaching and research emphases in the areas of biogeochemical cycling, environmental chemistry, ecosystem science, geospatial science, global change, hydrology, plant ecology, soil science, and water resource management.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 hours)

Tuition fees
US$33,760.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

25 January 2022


University of New Hampshire

105 Main Street,


New Hampshire,

03824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must maintain minimum in-major GPA of 2.5.

For international students

Each student must have their official high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.

English Language Score:

Minimum TOEFL score is 80 (internet version), 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version); recommended minimum IELTS score is 6.5; recommend Duolingo score is 105 or higher.

Application Deadlines - Regular Decision (Fall) - February 1; Regular Decision (Spring) - October 15.

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


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