Bachelor in Environmental Science


Program Description

The Environmental Science degree is a broad, highly flexible degree program that prepares students for careers in a wide range of environmental fields, including environmental law, political science, government agency employment, and private sector consulting, as well as graduate work in environmental science and all related fields. A degree in Environmental Science gives students the knowledge and skills to be successful in the laboratory and field, as well as in public forums where environmental and public policy decisions affect the ecology and conservation of nature, the extraction, and utilization of critical natural resources, and the long-term sustainability of human populations.

Several biology and chemistry faculty members are conducting research in environmental science or a related discipline. Thus, numerous experiential learning opportunities are available with this degree, both during the semesters or during the summer and winter breaks. In addition, a new student group, the UT Tampa Bay Association for Environmental Professionals, is tailored to assist biology majors in general, and environmental science majors in particular, in gaining local and remote internships and permanent employment in their area of interest.

The B.S. in Environmental Science is a program that continues to grow and evolve. The biology faculty is currently in the process of revising the course distribution requirements of this major, adding new courses specific to the major, and integrating courses from other departments (e.g., Political Science and International Studies).

What Will You Learn?

The B.S. in Environmental Science degree blends the general concepts of biology with more applied fields such as earth science, chemistry, economics, and policy to enable graduates to understand, solve and prevent the environmental problems faced by this and future generations. A minor in environmental science is also offered.

Sample Courses

  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Ecosystems and Ecophysiology
  • Biology of Plants
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Essentials of Electron Microscopy

Practical Experience

Students studying any of the biological fields are presented with many experiential learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including rigorous laboratory exercises and field trips to places like the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park. Students are also encouraged to participate in international travel courses or semester-long study abroad programs. Students recently participated in faculty-led travel courses to Costs Rica to study tropical ecosystems and to Honduras to study coral reef ecosystems.

The University maintains a formal affiliation with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), an educational and research institute located in Ocean Springs, MS. This arrangement allows students to take field courses in marine science at GCRL during the summer. Course credit is awarded through the University of Southern Mississippi and is accepted at UT as transfer credit.


Through internships with private industry, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, students gain on-the-job experience in areas such as biomedical research, fisheries biology, veterinary medicine, environmental biology, and mariculture. UT students have frequently participated in the world-famous manatee care and rehab program at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, where they assist in the care of one of Florida’s most endangered species, the West Indian manatee. They also work directly with a variety of animals and participate in programs that educate students and the general public.

Internships are available during the fall, spring and summer months. Most are local, but some are offered in other parts of Florida and in locations throughout the U.S. Examples include:

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
  • Tampa Baywatch
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Audubon of Florida
  • Sierra Club
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Veterinary, medical and dental clinics
  • Conservancy of Southwest FL
  • Center for Great Apes
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Many graduates attend top-tier graduate schools or professional programs.

Recent UT graduates who have chosen to major in environmental science have also established successful careers in many governmental agencies and the private sector. A bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some jobs in applied research, product development, management, and inspection, or to work as a research technician or high school teacher. A master’s degree and, in most cases, a Ph.D. is required to work in independent research or development positions as well as for advancement to administrative positions. Many Ph.D. biological scientists are employed as faculty at colleges and universities where they teach and are involved in research.


Biology and environmental science majors may qualify for Life Science Scholarships — annual scholarships of up to $3,000 for first-year students (fall term only), renewable for four years. Qualifications include an unweighted high school GPA of 3.25 and 1200 SAT or 26 ACT, completed admissions application and acceptance for full-time study. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

The ROTC program can assist pre-professional health students with their future professional program finances through the Health Professions Scholarship Program.


Local Freshman Admissions

  • Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
  • Essay
  • Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed

Undergraduate International Admissions

With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)

Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:

  • Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
  • Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
    • TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
    • IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
    • Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample
  • Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
  • Essay (first-year students only)
  • Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
  • International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)

International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.

International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.

Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.

The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.

Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.

Admission deadlines

The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:

  • November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15.
  • January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15.
  • March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1.
  • March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Average cost for full-time undergraduate students

Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $13,603
Student Government Fee (required): $96
Student Service Fee (required): $480
Student Health Fee (required): $425
Room (double room): $2,853
Board (average 15-meal/week plan): $2,552


Last updated Jul 2019

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