B.S. Environmental Science (ENVS) Degree

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Starting Summer 2023, incoming undergraduates in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences can choose from three new majors: Environmental Science — an interdisciplinary degree with the School of Biological Sciences; Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences; and Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences. The existing Earth and Atmospheric Sciences B.S. degree program will sunset in two years for new students. The expanded undergraduate degree offerings are designed to continue Georgia Tech’s reputation for academic rigor — and also reflect trends in student interests, as well as current and forecasted needs in the job marketplace.  

The B.S. in Environmental Science (ENVS) degree encompasses the study of natural environmental systems and the interaction of humans with these systems. It includes a strong foundation in the basic sciences, requiring core content in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Earth sciences, and environmental policy. 

Upper-level coursework builds lab, field, communication, and computational skills. Students will be encouraged to create a focused pathway of electives that matches their interests and career goals.

ENVS was developed by a joint committee involving EAS and the School of Biological Sciences.

  • ENVS requires core content in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Earth sciences, and public policy.    
  • Upper level coursework allows students to customize their program of study based on interest.    
  • Students will complete a capstone research project that integrates the knowledge they have gained through the program. 

This degree takes advantage of Georgia Tech’s expertise in Environmental Chemistry, climate science, marine science, Aquatic Chemical Ecology, microbial dynamics, and Environmental Policy.  

ENVS will prepare students for careers in environmental consulting, conservation, environmental sustainability, and environmental education.  

It will also provide a strong base for students interested in pursuing graduate programs and careers in environmental policy, environmental law, medicine, and other master’s and Ph.D. programs in environmentally related disciplines.  

Major Requirements

Suggested Four Year Plan

For more information contact Dr. Samantha Wilson or Dr. Zachary Handlos