Liberal Arts & Humanities
Environmental Studies

If you feel a deep connection to the environment and want to spend your life understanding its intricacies and working to preserve its varied forms of life, diversity, and health, a degree in Environmental Studies may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Environmental Studies students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years) or doctorate degree (8+ years). Most entry-level jobs in this industry require a bachelor's degree. Master's degrees typically lead to more specialized, higher-paying positions, as do doctorate degrees, which can also lead to positions in post-secondary teaching.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Environmental Studies Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Environmental Studies include:

  • Conservation Scientist and/or Forester
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Conservation Scientist and Forester was $62,410 in 2019 (1) while Environmental Scientists and Specialists earned a median salary of $71,360 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.