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Eight Degrees That Will Prepare You For a Green Job

Sep 22, 2009 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 0 Comments

You don’t have to be a scientist to make a positive impact on the environment. Students can find environmentally focused degree programs in a wide range of fields, from Social Science to business, health care to the humanities—and you can do it all online.  Here are a few degree programs that bring an environmental approach to a wide range of interests.

Social Science/Environmental Science

This degree, offered by Ashford University, approaches environmental studies from a social angle. You’ll study government, family, culture and community dynamics and how they affect our environment. This degree could lead to an environmentally focused research position as a professor, nonprofit or government employee.

Environmental Management

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Students in an Environmental Engineering program cover ground in a diverse
of sciences including biology,
chemistry, geology, atmospheric
science and computer science.

This degree is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the environmental industry and how it works. Students will be taught to think critically, resolve problems, manage projects, and build successful teams. It’s perfect for students looking for a career that leads to a hands-on, practical approach to environmental problems, and for those looking to implement change.

Health Care Studies/Environmental Studies

Ashford University's online Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Studies with a focus on Environmental Science allows you to approach an environmental education from a health care perspective. With this degree, you’ll learn how physical, chemical and biological components of drugs and medicines interact and affect our environment, as well as a thorough grounding in medical ethics and law.  This degree is ideal for students interested in a policy-making career in the health care industry or a consulting or leadership position within the pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing or hospital industries.

General Agriculture

This Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture degree program offered by Oregon State University is administered entirely online, and provides a solid grounding in the agriculture field. Students can focus on animal sciences, crop and soil sciences, or agricultural business management—skills valuable for anyone interested in developing and running an organic farm or entering into a career that helps the agricultural industry lessen its environmental impact. It’s also flexible; students can build their own course of study to best suit their career goals—so those interested in environmental science and research can include that component in their degree program.

MBA: Environmental and Social Sustainability

This degree combines business acumen with a thorough grounding in social sustainability.  It’s designed for students who wish to become corporate leaders and innovators who work to develop environmentally sustainable ways of doing business—or those who want to guide businesses in improving their environmental improvement efforts. Students in this program will learn how to implement sustainable business practices in an organizational setting, how to evaluate program effectiveness, and the application of leadership and decision-making skills in an entrepreneurial setting.

Liberal Studies: Environmental Studies

This degree program in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Studies is offered entirely online, and it allows students to develop an understanding of our current environmental crisis from a perspective that combines a solid understanding of natural sciences, statistical analysis, literature, philosophy, design and engineering.

Bachelor’s in Environmental Science

Environmental science degrees are perhaps the most common approach to starting a green career.  This online degree program offers an interdisciplinary approach combining hard science with the humanities and social sciences to equip students to provide innovative solutions to environmental problems.  Students in this program will be able to predict environmental changes and to help manage human impact on the environment.

Environmental Engineering. Students in an Environmental Engineering program cover ground in a diverse range of sciences including biology, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science and computer science. Students will learn how to apply all of these disciplines to provide practical solutions to the world’s most urgent environmental problems, from climate change to waste disposal.  Environmental engineers design new ways to reduce pollution, develop fuel-efficient cars and energy-efficient appliances, develop cleaner energy sources, such as solar energy and wind power, and make development sustainable.

No matter where your strengths and interests lie, you can combine almost any degree program with a focus on environmental education—either in a traditional classroom setting or online.  Learn how to develop real solutions to environmental problems through a health care, engineering, business or social science degree—and make a difference in your career. - Green Jobs




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