Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Gain a solid foundation to recognize the impacts of human activities on the environment.
Prepare for a teaching career while earning your undergraduate degree.
The Gulf Oil Spill. Global Climate Change. Drought and Water Supply. These topics illustrate the continuing need for environmental professionals with training in the natural sciences, social sciences, economics, and public policy. The Environmental Science (B.A.) program prepares students interested in environmental problem solving by linking an understanding of natural science with socioeconomic factors and public policy. The curriculum combines an understanding of environmental science, chemistry, and biology with studies of social science, policy, and economics to provide a foundation for careers in environmental policy, resource management, education, environmental law, and related fields.
"This major is definitely needed today when you consider the current unsustainable energy policies and practices, failing ecosystems, and pollution - not to mention the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I hope to make a positive contribution to at least some of these issues to the benefit of humanity." -Alumni Quote
Environmental Science at UC Irvine:
- Scientific, socioeconomic, and policy aspects of environmental problems
- Graduates are prepared for careers in government, non-profit, and private industry that involve both science and policy
- Classes in local and global environmental issues, sustainability, and climate change
- Study abroad opportunities