Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

Learn about our physical world, and pursue solutions to some of its biggest challenges, with the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Environmental Studies students study the tools needed to address crucial environmental issues, including climate change, environmental justice, food access, health, natural resource consumption and sustainability.

This interdisciplinary undergraduate program, offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies, provides students with the theoretical and foundational knowledge, as well as the practical and hands-on, skills they need to tackle environmental challenges on a local, regional, national and global level.

Environmental Studies Major students have the unique opportunity to enact real change through creative innovation and bold strategizing. You can push speculation and ideation to action, making critical, positive progress toward the health of the environment. You’ll learn to gather, evaluate and apply scientific data to address specific areas of environmental studies. In the classroom, as well as through fieldwork and internships, you’ll be invited to ask questions, propose ideas, support theories and challenge the long-standing beliefs that often prevent long-term solutions.

In this program, you’ll refine your writing, communication and research skills, and learn how to use tools such as geographic information systems and mapping software. Your courses and research will expand your knowledge of subjects like

  • environmental policies and the role of political institutions; 
  • environmental decision-making; 
  • environmental ethics and legal issues; 
  • health and the environment; 
  • natural hazards and risk assessment; and more. 

Graduates are equipped to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees, or to pursue a career in a number of fields, including jobs in business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates complement baccalaureate programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

+1 Accelerated Degree Programs

Temple offers 10 accelerated +1 Accelerated Degree programs. Eligible undergraduate students can use up to 12 specified graduate credits approved by the College of Liberal Arts to fulfill requirements for their undergraduate degree. Students apply for graduate degree programs in their junior year. 

Students earn a BA or BS degree upon successful completion of their fourth year. At the end of their fifth year, students earn an MA or MS degree. 

Learn more about accelerated programs in the College of Liberal Arts.

Classes & Curriculum

The 123-credit Environmental Studies Major curriculum consists of general education, global studies, a professional development requirement, and environmental-focused requirements and electives.

The following are examples of required and elective courses students take in the Environmental Studies BA program. 

  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography of Natural Resources
  • Physical Geography
  • Research Design in Environmental Studies
  • Spatial Statistics

Learn more about Environmental Studies Major required courses.

Related Graduate Degrees

Related Graduate Certificates

*This program is offered in the College of Science and Technology
**This certificate program is offered in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year

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