Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Tackle emergencies and manage resources to avert disaster with an online environmental management degree.

Environmental issues like global warming, air quality, and water scarcity are central to the safety, health, and security of our nation and of its citizens. In University of Maryland University College's award-winning, hands-on environmental management bachelor's degree program, you'll learn to plan, implement, and control all facets of environmental management, using professional models and techniques.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

In your online environmental management courses, you'll learn how to mitigate environmental management issues, including air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, and hazardous waste. You'll also have the chance to use software tools and practice key technologies related to risk management, geographic information systems, and environmental economics.

The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach that includes air, land, and water environmental management; pollution control; policies; regulations; and environmental health and safety.


Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Identify and evaluate current and future air, water, land, and energy resource needs to make recommendations for sustainable solutions and practices
  • Ensure compliance with safety, health, and environmental regulations and policies in every activity and aspect of an environmental management plan, procedure, and operation
  • Apply scientific knowledge and principles, quantitative methods, and technology to think critically and solve complex environmental management problems
  • Communicate orally and in writing on environmental issues, principles, and practices in a clear, well-organized manner that effectively informs or persuades interested parties
  • Develop and implement management plans that incorporate scientific principles and comply with environmental laws and ethical principles
  • Evaluate and use information obtained through field inspections, monitoring, and sampling to assess environmental safety

Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Classes in the Major

Focus Your Degree

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Toxicology and Hazard Control Focus

Sustainability Focus

General Education Requirements

Writing and Communication Classes | 12 Credits

No more than 3 credits in writing can be earned by exam.

Introductory Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options

This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101). The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options

Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Media and Society (3 Credits, COMM 202)

All Available Options

Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394)

All Available Options

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Technological Transformations (3 Credits, HIST 125)

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH or HIST

Arts and Humanities Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100)

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH, ARTT, ASTD, ENGL, GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language

Biological and Psycical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Biology (4 Credits, BIOL 103)

All Available Options

  • A 3-credit science lecture class with a related 1-credit lab
  • A 4-credit science class combining lecture and lab chosen from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PSYC, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Science Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Environmental Chemistry (3 Credits, CHEM 297)

related requirement for the major and prerequisite to later class

All Available Options

Math Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

Pre-Calculus (3 Credits, MATH 115) or College Algebra (3 Credits, MATH 107) & 108

related requirement for the major

All Available Options

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Recommended Minors

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2015-16 Environmental Management Degree Planning Worksheet

If you began your degree program prior to fall 2015, please refer to the catalog for the year you began your studies to determine degree requirements.

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