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 its citizens. In University of Maryland University College's award-winning, hands-on Bachelor of Science in environmental management program, you'll learn to plan, implement, and control all facets of environmental management, using professional models and techniques.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

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.

What You'll Learn

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

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Conduct risk assessments; collect, analyze, and interpret data; and characterize potential adverse effects of chemical, physical, and biological agents
  • Evaluate environmental and health hazards to formulate strategies for controlling hazards
  • Anticipate, recognize, and evaluate occupational hazards

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.

Courses in the Major

  • ENMT 301
  • BIOL 301
  • ENMT 303
  • ENMT 307
  • ENMT 321
  • ENMT 322
  • ENMT 340
  • ENMT 495
  • Any upper-level ENMT courses (9 credits): Focused study in either toxicology and hazard control or sustainability is recommended; see Degree Focus tab

Degree Focus

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

  • ENMT 310
  • ENMT 380
  • ENMT 390

Sustainability Focus

  • ENMT 360
  • ENMT 365
  • ENMT 405


The bachelor's degree in environmental management requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Related requirement for the major: 

  • STAT 200

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits) 

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 394 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course 

  • MATH 115
    (related requirement for the major)  

Arts and Humanities Courses 

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course 
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course 

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses 

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NCSI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • CHEM 297
    (related requirement for the major)

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301
  • CMIS 111 or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

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 advisor 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. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor 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.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to mitigate environmental management issues, including air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, and hazardous waste.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Professional Affiliation:

    International Association of Emergency Managers

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    This chapter provides various opportunities to students interested in the emergency management and homeland security fields, including professional development through workshops, job postings, professional networks, certifications, and more.

    Type: Academic club
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Environmental Management Club offers its members opportunities to communicate with professionals in environmental management during monthly seminars. The club hosts discussions on how students can help preserve the environment, displays job openings and suggestions on how students can enter the field, and provides feedback to student questions about the environmental management major. The club organizes several activities, including a newsletter committee and the P3 grant competition.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Buy | GetEducated.com | 2014