2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Environmental Science Degrees

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The 25 schools on this list offer the most affordable online degrees in environmental science, with annual tuitions under $21,000. Columbia Southern University, our top-ranked school, offers a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Management for only $5,040 a year. Montana State University and University of Idaho, ranked #2 and #3 respectively, both offer affordable options for online master's degrees in environmental science. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online environmental science degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Environmental Science Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,040 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#2 #2 Montana State University Annual Tuition $6,072 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $7,095 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#4 #4 Utah State University Annual Tuition $7,191 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#5 #5 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $7,745 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#6 #6 Auburn University Annual Tuition $7,830 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,370 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#8 #8 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Annual Tuition $8,769 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#9 #9 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#10 #10 Florida International University Annual Tuition $9,893 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $9,975 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Troy University Annual Tuition $11,910 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $12,428 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Green Mountain College Annual Tuition $12,600 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Oregon State University Annual Tuition $12,600 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#16 #16 Missouri Southern State University Annual Tuition $12,933 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#17 #17 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $13,120 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 Webster University Annual Tuition $14,040 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#19 #19 University of Houston-Clear Lake Annual Tuition $14,922 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#20 #20 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#21 #21 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $15,318 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $15,749 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#23 #23 Everglades University Annual Tuition $16,648 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#24 #24 Kaplan University Annual Tuition $16,695 Environmental Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#25 #25 Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $20,250 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,040
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Assessing Environmental Science; Environmental Law; Interactions of Hazardous Materials; Pollution Prevention; Total Environmental, Health & Safety Management; Toxicology
  • Annual Tuition: $6,072
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Biophysics; Insect Ecology; Integrated Pest Management; Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology; Microbes in the Environment; The Ecology of Plants and Plant Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $7,095
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Drinking Water and Human Health; Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Environmental Lifecycle Assessment; Environmental Philosophy; History of Energy; Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants
  • Annual Tuition: $7,191
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Ecology of Animal Population; Forestry & Watershed Management; Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management; Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management; Introduction to Environmental Federal Laws and Policy; Wetland Ecology and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,745
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Natural Sciences; Environmental Social Sciences and the Humanities; Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems; Land Use and Environmental Planning; Research Methods in Environmental Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $7,830
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Bioenergy & Environment; Ecohydraulics & River Corridor Function; Environmental Soil Chemistry; Intro to Land & Water Engineering; Soil Microbiology; Wetlands Design & Restoration
  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Air Quality Management; Environmental and Ecosystems Management; Environmental Economics; Fish and Wildlife Policy, Programs, and Issues; Soil Science; Water Science

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Online Certificate Programs (12)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,769
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Biodiversity and Conservation Biology; Ecological Lifestyles; Human Influences on Forests; Leadership Development in Natural Resources; Nature Interpretation in Wisconsin; School Forest Programs and Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $9,893
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Field Ecology; Earth Resources; Energy Flow in Natural and Man-made Systems; Environmental Resources and Pollution; Global Environment and Society; Sustainable Resource Development
  • Annual Tuition: $9,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Design and Data Analysis for Researchers; Energetics for Science Educators; Evolutionary Biology for Educators; Myth Busters: Science/Controversy/Evaluation; Pollution and Environmental Biology for Educators
  • Annual Tuition: $11,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental and Biological Ethics; Environmental History of the U.S.; Global Pollution and International Environmental Policy; Land Use Planning; Pollution Science; Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $12,428
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Geographic Information Systems; Grazing Management and Range Nutrition; Landscape Analysis and Modeling; Natural Resources Policy; Wetland Delineation
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Bioregional Theory and Practice; Environmental History & Philosophy; Environmental Law & Policy; Environmental Leadership & Community Involvement; Natural Systems Ecology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,933
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Example Classes:
    Disease Vector Control; Environmental Biology; Environmental Organic Chemistry; Environmental Physics; Soil Morphology & Sewage Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $13,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Cost of Sustainability; Current Trends in Energy Technology; Environmental Sustainability; Green Technologies and Natural Resource Conservation; Regulation, Policy and Governance of Sustainable Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Accounting; Environmental Risk Management and Strategies; Environmental Science; Management of Air Quality; Management of Land and Water Resources; Waste Management and Pollution Control
  • Annual Tuition: $14,922
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Conservation Biology; Control of Occupational and Environmental Hazards; Hydrology of Surface Water; Research Methods: Environmental Science; Sampling & Analysis of Environmental Contaminants; Toxicology and Environmental Health
  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Environment and Ecosystems Principles; Environmental Regulations and Policy; Environmental Technology; Global Environmental Management Issues; Human Health and Disease
  • Annual Tuition: $15,318
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Biological and Chemical Environmental Health and Safety; Elements in Environmental Engineering; Ground Water Hydrology; Seminar in Environmental Health; Topics in Environmental Health and Safety
  • Annual Tuition: $15,749
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Exposure Assessment; Environmental Monitoring and Analysis; Environmental Stressors; Global Environmental Law and Policy; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $16,648
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCSC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Environmental Justice; Energy and the Environment; Geothermal Energy; Nuclear Energy; Oil, Gas and Energy Geopolitics and Law; Solar Energy and Photovoltaics
  • Annual Tuition: $16,695
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, NEASC CIHE, and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Law and Policy; Introduction to Environmental Policy and Management; The Economics of Environmental Management; The Global Environment; The Politics of Managing the Environment

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Chemistry and Biology; Environmental Epidemiology ; Hydrogeology; Introduction to Environmental Toxicology
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