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.

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

  • STAT 200
  • ENMT 301
  • BIOL 301
  • ENMT 303
  • 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

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
  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 101S

This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for WRTG 101. The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • WRTG 293 or any 3-credit WRTG class EXCEPT for
    • WRTG 486A
    • WRTG 486B
  • ENGL 102
  • JOUR 201

Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

COMM 202

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in COMM, SPCH, or WRTG
  • ENGL 102
  • ENGL 281
  • JOUR 201

Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

WRTG 394

All Available Options
  • WRTG 391
  • WRTG 393
  • WRTG 394

Research Class | 1 Credit

LIBS 150

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

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

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

Behavioral and Social Science Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

ECON 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

BEHS 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

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, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Science Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

CHEM 297

related requirement for the major and prerequisite to later class

All Available Options
  • NUTR 100
  • A 3-credit class in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Math Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree

MATH 115 or MATH 107 & 108

related requirement for the major

All Available Options
  • MATH 106
  • MATH 107
  • A 3-credit MATH class at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Classes | 6 Credits

Computing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • IFSM 201
  • CMST 301

Computing Class Appropriate to Your Major | 3 Credits

Recommended for Environmental Management Bachelor's Degree
  • CMIS 111
  • IFSM 300
All Available Options
  • ACCT 326
  • A 3-credit class in CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV

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.

Student Clubs and Organizations

International Association of Emergency Managers, UMUC Chapter

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.

Environmental Management Club

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