The world needs you to save tomorrow.
Our planet is a complex ecosystem that is constantly transforming, from both natural and manmade causes. Be at the forefront of global conservation and environmental efforts while learning the critical skills necessary to become advocates and eco-citizens. Explore economic, political, ethical, and social dynamics in the context of environmental stewardship through experiential and engaging coursework. By understanding the multifaceted obstacles that conservation faces, you’ll be able to understand all parties involved and aid in problem resolution.
The world needs adept, flexible, creative, collaborative, culturally humble educators, leaders, scientists, policy-makers, advocates, artists, philosophers, and citizens. Our hope is that together, we can build our capacity to serve in these essential and eclectic roles.
This degree is offered by AU Online.
Whether you are currently a community college student, a busy parent or worker, a veteran, or an international student, our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Sustainability and Sciences completion program is designed to support your personal, academic, and professional goals at any point in your life or career path.
Students are taught by engaged faculty with environmental expertise and the program will prepare students to be practitioners in the field, empower students who may already be dealing with environmental justice issues in their own communities, and provide optional field courses for experiential environmental opportunities.
- explore issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their courses
- discuss physical and biological aspects of environmental issues in their courses
- attend webinars offered by Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience
- become part of a powerful community of engaged students of all backgrounds
- acquire the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to meet your goals
Antioch’s BS in in Environmental Studies, Sustainability and Sciences is a bachelor’s completion program that requires 120 semester credits to graduate. You can transfer up to 75 semester credits, so the program can be completed in 1.5 to 2.5 years depending on your prior learning experience.
There are six entry points each year, so you never need to wait long to get started.
The Environmental Studies concentration explores numerous disciplines, including global studies, science, economics, health, ethics, culture, and leadership, within experiential and engaging coursework. Course work pays special attention to issues of equity and justice-mindedness particularly as environmental hazards and climate change disproportionately impact poor and marginalized groups in societies across the globe.
Students in the major will have courses together creating collegiality and a cooperative learning community that extends beyond graduation. You’ll join a peer community where you receive personal attention in small class sizes.
Measure your success through applied learning and community projects, not one-size-fits-all tests. Antioch University is committed to narrative evaluations, so students receive feedback that directly addresses their learning. But don’t worry if you need a GPA for grad school, letter grades are available upon request.
This course focuses on conservation science theories, models, experiments and fieldwork. We will examine ecological and genetic aspects of conservation of biological diversity at gene, population, species, ecosystem, landscape, and global levels. This course provides a detailed examination of the discipline including the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, established and emerging conservation approaches and strategies, and the ecological and evolutionary theory that underlies these approaches.
Culture, Conflict and Social Research
In this course students will learn how to examine complex issues through different theoretical frameworks. Students will reflect on how these frameworks can empower them to confront issues in their personal or professional lives. Students will identify current and applicable social research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods) to address issues and questions, whether local or global, especially in relation to development of future academic pursuits, such as the senior project. Beginning with productive questions, students will formulate hypotheses, identify appropriate research strategies for data collection, discuss reliability and validity issues, and observe ethical protocols. The course will culminate in each student designing and proposing a research project (abstract, introduction/background, literature review, methodology/design, etc.) that reflects standards of academic scholarship.
Culture and Ecology
This course introduces students to a variety of cultures from around the world, and focuses on how each developed in relation to its natural environment. The course also examines historical and economic changes that have resulted from environmental changes, population and demographic shifts, and interactions between cultural groups.
Students are introduced to how philosophical assumptions and worldviews permeate our orientations to the natural world. We also examine our duties to preserve natural resources, conserve biodiversity, and expand our conceptions of rights to include those of future generations, other species, and terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
This course focuses on understanding macroeconomic theories and the reliance that market mechanisms have historically had on cheap resource availability and cheap energy. The course additionally addresses our understanding of the health and ecological benefits that diverse ecosystems provide, and for finding ways to internalize these values inside of market mechanisms.
Environmental Justice and Advocacy
In this course, students explore fundamental environmental justice issues and effective means of advocacy. Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice is achieved when everyone – regardless of race, color, national origin, or income – has the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process. Students will gain awareness of environmental justice issues and examine case studies from around the world.
This course is designed to introduce students to emerging trends in the natural sciences concerning the environment. Several issues will be addressed, including: biomes; biological communities; species interactions; biodiversity; environmental health and toxicology; land use; water, air and solid waste; energy conservation; climate; natural preservation; resource depletion and management; human population growth; food; urbanization; scarcity; and sustainability.
This course focuses on understanding public health in relation to environmental factors such as air pollution, water pollution, and solid and hazardous waste disposal. It also addresses public health concerns raised by risks due to food supplies in a global marketplace, the spread of infectious diseases, and the apparatuses necessary to deliver health care services to poor and under-serviced populations.
This course is designed to give students an interdisciplinary perspective of ocean science focusing on marine ecosystems, ocean currents, adaptations of marine organisms, and environmental problems, such as ocean acidification. The ecology of several oceanic organisms will be covered including: microbes, algae, invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals. As the largest ecosystem on Earth, students will learn about various marine habitats including coral reefs, mangroves, estuaries, sandy beaches, rocky shores, the open ocean and the deep sea.
Population Growth & Global Poverty
This course will focus on factors that have led to the alarming rate of growth in the world’s population. It will focus on the demographics of population growth and disparities in wealth distribution. It will also examine methods of curbing global population growth, some of which use laws and public policies, some of which use market mechanisms and some of which use the development and health and educational networks.
Thinking in Systems
This course is an introduction to system and other concepts related to Systems Thinking. It explores the axiological principles of sustainability in addition to introducing such concepts as complexity and emergence. Systems thinking is also approached in terms of interdisciplinary perspectives such as the principles of ecology, consumption patterns of energy and natural resources, cultural sustainability, environmental politics, social justice, ethics, sustainable architecture, and engineering.
Optional Field Study Electives
Students may opt into Field Study electives, to extend and deepen their learning and professional development. Three times per year, an optional Field Study will be offered covering a range of topics, including:
- Presentations and professional development at environmental conferences
- Justice and advocacy work with community-based organizations
- Cultural and ecological conservation work in field study locations
- Project-based learning in urban climate change, resilience, mitigation, and adaptation
Understand and describe the complex physical and biological aspects of environmental issues
Critically evaluate the social, economic, and political dynamics involved in both the emergence and the resolution of environmental problems
Articulate the historical development and ethical implications of the human relationship with the natural world
Analyze the intersectionality of environmental, ethical, and social justice issues through various lenses
Apply research methods and communication skills to effectively analyze environmental studies issues
Use systems thinking to conceptualize sustainable solutions and advocate for problem-solving that includes marginalized communities
A BS in Environmental Studies, Sustainability and Sciences imparts research, data analysis, data-gathering, critical thinking, communication, conducting quantitative and qualitative research, environmental sampling, and problem-solving skills, ultimately preparing students for careers in many environmental fields, including:
- community builder
- environmental advocate
- environmental geographer
- environmental health officer
- environmental technician
- renewable energy specialist
- science teacher
- sustainability officer
- town/transport planner
- water quality specialist
- wildlife biologist
Antioch’s requirements for candidates to the bachelor completion programs include:
- At least 24-semester credits of transferable undergraduate work completed from a regionally accredited college or university
- Goal statement
- Two letters of recommendation (if requested)
Students in this program participate in online learning activities organized within small- and large-group learning communities. Antioch University Online is a 100% online learning environment, and therefore, in addition to having the traditional learning skills, students are expected to have basic technological skills, compatible computer hardware, operating system, and internet connectivity upon entrance into the program.
|Bachelor's Completion – All majors||Tuition: $375/semester credit hour|
By taking advantage of our generous transfer policy, you can complete your undergraduate degree for less than $20,000. The total cost to complete a bachelor’s degree will vary based on a number of factors including area of concentration, credit received for prior life and work experiences, and the credits that would transfer into your BA completion program. Our students typically transfer in between 45-60 semester credits. A minimum of 120 semester credits is required to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Several financial aid options are also available to help you earn your degree. Federal and state grants and federal loans may be available for Antioch students who qualify.