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Why study an environmental science degree abroad?

With our constantly-changing climate, environmental science is more important than ever. If you are passionate about protecting the earth and all of its ecosystems, studying environmental science might be a great choice for you if you want to make a difference in the world. It’s not all just climate change though--environmental science is a wide discipline that encompasses the study of the natural environment, built environments, social and organizational environments, and all of the relationships in between them. The field is steadily growing, as the effects of human society on the environment around us are becoming more important to our sustainable development. 

What are the prerequisites for studying environmental science abroad?

The prerequisites for studying environmental science abroad will vary widely depending on the level of your program. Bachelor’s programs will typically only require a strong high school academic background, though it will be useful to have a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and physics, including experience in a laboratory. For master’s programs and Ph.D. programs in environmental science, you will typically need a bachelor’s degree in science (though it need not be environmental science) or significant coursework completed in the sciences in lieu of the specific degree. Depending on the focus of the program, you might be expected to conduct research for publication in advanced environmental science degrees, so it’s important to be comfortable in a lab setting.

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What will I learn studying environmental science abroad?

Because environmental science is such a large field, many programs will give you the option to concentrate on a particular facet of the field. For instance, you might be able to specialize in environmental policy/politics, environmental management, environmental biology, or environmental economics. Most environmental science degrees require a foundational set of core classes that everyone takes, and then you’ll be able to narrow in on your focus in the form of electives. These electives will span across the humanities, social sciences, and science, making environmental science an excellent choice for students who want to study science through the lens of a social scientist.

Regardless of the focus of the degree, you’ll be exposed to a variety of exciting and diverse courses that may include:

  • Environmental regulation
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental economics
  • Atmospheric chemitry
  • Climatology & hydrology
  • Sustainable development
  • Marine geoscience
  • Water quality & pollution control
  • Environmental policy & politics
  • Ecofeminism

What can I do with an environmental science degree?

After completing a bachelor's degree within environmental science, options are wide open. Career possibilities are as wide as the discipline and range from environmental planning, education, green investment planning, and wildlife biology to private sector consulting. Jobs are widely available within both the private and public sectors, although it is the private sector, which is expected to boom. This is largely due to public policy demand for new rules and regulations in regards to the environment. Another option is to continue with further education with a master's degree or a doctorate as research within the field is also constantly growing.

Here are just a few career options for those with environmental science degrees:

  • Geographer
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Botanist
  • Food Scientist
  • Wildlife Conservationist
  • Oceanographer
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Sustainability Development Manager
  • Air Quality Inspector

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