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Institute of Environmental Research and Education

Environmental Science Degree

UNF has developed the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science that is currently under review, and if approved will be available for admission in Spring 2025.

Available for Admission Spring 2025 (if approved)

The proposed UNF Environmental Science B.S. was designed to meet student demand and workplace needs. The degree will be delivered primarily through face-to-face instruction with a strong emphasis on community-based learning in Jacksonville and local issues specific to our region, with the goal of placing students in graduate programs around the state or in jobs in northeast Florida. The program of study was designed by a team of interdisciplinary faculty on the IERE Faculty Board and the IERE Community Council, comprised of environmental community and industry leaders in northeast Florida.  The degree will be housed in the Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE), like the current minor in Environmental Studies, to encourage interdisciplinarity, capitalize on IERE Faculty Board expertise, connect with IERE Community Council and employers, and maximize flexibility and efficiency.

The Environmental Science B.S. degree will have two concentrations - Environmental Natural Sciences and Environmental Principles and Practice. The degree will utilize existing courses from UNF’s six colleges as well as new courses that will be offered by IERE. New IERE courses will be taught by IERE Joint Faculty and focus on two main priorities – coastal resilience (three elective courses) and community engagement and professional development (three required course courses).