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. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable environmental science schools below or read our full methodology.

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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
#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 #14 Green Mountain College Annual Tuition $12,600 Environmental Science Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 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
#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 Online 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
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,072
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • 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: 66%
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,745
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • 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: 83%
  • 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: NCACSTHLC
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (9)

Online Certificate Programs (12)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,769
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • 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: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    American Environmental History; Ecological Principles and Field Methods; Environmental Ethics; Geology; Geospatial Programming; Global Climate Change
  • Annual Tuition: $9,893
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • 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: 68%
  • 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: 69%
  • 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: 76%
  • 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: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • 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: NCACSTHLC
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • 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: 62%
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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: 91%
  • 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: NCACSTHLC
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Chemistry and Biology; Environmental Epidemiology ; Hydrogeology; Introduction to Environmental Toxicology
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