2020 Most Affordable Online Environmental Science Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These schools represent the least expensive options for obtaining an online bachelor's degree in environmental science. Each school on this list offers a tuition rate under $17,000 per year. Fort Hays State University, the #1 option, charges only $6,560 per year. Classes at FHSU include Bioethics, Economic Ideas & Current Issues, Elements of Physical Geography, Global Environmental Issues, Humans & the Environment, and Literature & the Environment. Columbia Southern University comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $6,900 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's in environmental science degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Fort Hays State University $6,560
# 2 #2 Columbia Southern University $6,900
# 3 #3 Florida Gateway College $7,146
# 4 #4 Delta State University $7,501
# 5 #5 American Public University System $8,100
# 6 #6 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
# 7 #7 Florida International University $10,376
# 8 #8 Wilmington University $11,430
# 9 #9 University of Phoenix $11,940
# 10 #10 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign $12,270
# 11 #11 Virginia Wesleyan University $12,768
# 12 #12 Wayland Baptist University $12,834
# 13 #13 University of South Florida Online $13,547
# 14 #14 Unity College $14,100
# 15 #15 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus $14,594
# 16 #16 University of Maryland Global Campus $14,970
# 17 #17 University of Florida $15,000
# 18 #18 University of Arizona $15,750
# 19 #19 Arizona State University $15,900
# 20 #20 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay $16,091
# 21 #21 Oregon State University $16,377
# 22 #22 Purdue University Global $16,695
# 23 #23 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry $16,980
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Bioethics, Economic Ideas & Current Issues, Elements of Physical Geography, Global Environmental Issues, Humans & the Environment, Literature & the Environment

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geosciences
  • Bachelor of General Studies - Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Science in Geosciences - Geography
#2
#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 15,245
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,859
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (251) 981-3771 x1278

Example Classes: Assessing Environmental Science, Environmental Law, Interactions of Hazardous Materials, Pollution Prevention, Total Environmental, Health & Safety Management, Toxicology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. Environmental Management
#3
#3

Florida Gateway College

Lake City (FL)
Annual Tuition: $7,146
Annual Tuition: $7,146
Annual Tuition: $7,146
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,169
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (386) 752-1822

Example Classes: Control of Waterborne Diseases, Environmental Decision Making, Environmental Law, Environmental Regulation and Compliance, Water Resource with Application in GIS, Water Technologies

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BAS in Water Resources Management
#4
#4

Delta State University

Cleveland (MS)
Annual Tuition: $7,501
Annual Tuition: $7,501
Annual Tuition: $7,501
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 148
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 466
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (662) 846-3000

Example Classes: Conservation Natural Resources, Demography & Human Population Studies, Economic Geography, Geospatial Mathematics, Algorithms & Statistics, Politics of Globalization, World Regional Geography

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - Geospatial Technologies
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

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

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - Environmental Technology and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - General
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - Regional and Community Environmental Planning
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - Sustainability
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: American Environmental History, Ecological Principles and Field Methods, Environmental Ethics, Geology, Geospatial Programming, Global Climate Change

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA General Studies - Environmental Studies Essentials
  • BS Environmental Science
  • BS Environmental Science - Natural Resources & Conservation
  • BS Geosciences - Natural Resources & Conservation
  • BA Anthropology - Environmental Sustainability
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 9,286
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,499
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (305) 348-2000

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

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and the Environment
#8
#8

Wilmington University

New Castle (DE)
Annual Tuition: $11,430
Annual Tuition: $11,430
Annual Tuition: $11,430
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,665
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,085
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (877) 967-5464

Example Classes: Climate Dynamics, Cultural Anthropology, Energy and Environmental Policy, Environmental Sociology, Our Environment, Our Health, U.S. Regulatory Compliance

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Environmental Science and Policy
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 14%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 73,536
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 21,193
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Ecology And Evolution, Energy And The Environment, Environmental Toxicology, Oceanography, Public Policy Analysis, Watershed Hydrology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $12,270
Annual Tuition: $12,270
Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 419
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,348
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 333-1000

Example Classes: Earth Systems, Environmental Economics, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, The World Food Economy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability - Society and Environment
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability - Society in the Earth System
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $12,768
Annual Tuition: $12,768
Annual Tuition: $12,768
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 43
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 79
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 455-3200

Example Classes: Ecopoetry, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Writings, Humans, the Environment, and Sustainability, Meteorology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Management
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $12,834
Annual Tuition: $12,834
Annual Tuition: $12,834
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 769
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 631
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 291-1000

Example Classes: Alternative Energy Technologies, Environmental Economics, Environmental Laws and Regulations, Environmental Sociology, Environmental/Geographical History of the U.S., Natural Resource Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BAS in Environmental Studies
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $13,547
Annual Tuition: $13,547
Annual Tuition: $13,547
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,049
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,419
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (813) 974-2011

Example Classes: Economic Geography, Karst Environments, Transportation Geography, Wetland Environments

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.G.S. in Environmental Policy
#14
#14

Unity College

Unity (ME)
Annual Tuition: $14,100
Annual Tuition: $14,100
Annual Tuition: $14,100
  • Online Degrees: 46
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 17
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 79
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (207) 509-7100

Example Classes: Animal Behavior: The Evolution, Ecology, and Social Behavior of Animals, Conservation Biology, Environmental Issues: Deforestation, Biodiversity Loss, and Overpopulation, Environmental Justice, Organisms that Sustain the Earth: Understanding Plants, Using Social Media in a Global World

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Behavior - Environmental GIS
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Behavior - Renewable Energy
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Behavior - Sustainable Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Behavior - Wildlife Ecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geospatial Technologies
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geospatial Technologies - Emergency Disaster Management
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $14,594
Annual Tuition: $14,594
Annual Tuition: $14,594
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,346
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,112
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (814) 865-5403

Example Classes: Energy in a Changing World, Energy Industry Applications of GIS, From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming, Global Energy Enterprise, Human Dimensions of Global Warming, Policy Making and Evaluation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $14,970
Annual Tuition: $14,970
Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 36,550
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 11,882
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 985-7000

Example Classes: Environment and Ecosystems Principles, Environmental Regulations and Policy, Environmental Technology, Global Environmental Management Issues, Human Health and Disease, Occupational Health and Safety

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management - Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management - Toxicology and Hazard Control
#17
#17

University of Florida

Gainesville (FL)
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1440
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,181
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,585
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 392-3261

Example Classes: Environmental Biogeochemistry, Environmental Nutrient Management and Environmental Biogeochemistry, GIS in Soil and Water Science, Nanotechnology in Food, Agriculture, and Environment, Natural Resource Policy and Economics, The World of Water and Environmental Monitoring Techniques

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Environmental Management
  • BS in Environmental Management - Agriculture and Natural Resources
#18
#18

University of Arizona

Tucson (AZ)
Annual Tuition: $15,750
Annual Tuition: $15,750
Annual Tuition: $15,750
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,903
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,339
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (520) 621-2211

Example Classes: Careers in Environmental Science, Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Sustainability, Pollution Science

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - Leadership, Sustainability, & Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - Soil, Air and Water
#19
#19

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $15,900
Annual Tuition: $15,900
Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1298
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,353
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,021
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Global Change, Society and Sustainability, Sustainable Ecosystems, Sustainable Energy Technology and Systems, Sustainable Food and Farms, Sustainable World

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Sustainability
  • BS in Sustainability
  • BS in Sustainable Food Systems
  • BA in Business - Sustainability
  • BA in Geography
  • BS in Geography
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $16,091
Annual Tuition: $16,091
Annual Tuition: $16,091
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,481
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 195
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (920) 465-2111

Example Classes: Environment and Society, Environmental Sustainability, GIS in Public and Environmental Policy, Micro Economic Analysis, Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate, Transitioning to Sustainable Communities

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Organizational Leadership - Environmental Policy and Planning (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Environmental Policy Studies
#21
#21

Oregon State University

Corvallis (OR)
Annual Tuition: $16,377
Annual Tuition: $16,377
Annual Tuition: $16,377
  • Online Degrees: 27
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,306
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,259
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (541) 737-0123

Example Classes: Climate Science, Environmental Geology, Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk, Global Change and Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Wildland Fire Ecology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - Applied Ecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - Aquatic Biology
#22
#22

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis (IN)
Annual Tuition: $16,695
Annual Tuition: $16,695
Annual Tuition: $16,695
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 26,655
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,094
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (317) 208-5311

Example Classes: Constitutional Law, Socially Responsible Leadership, The Economics of Environmental Management, The Global Environment, The Politics of Managing the Environment

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Environmental Policy and Management
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $16,980
Annual Tuition: $16,980
Annual Tuition: $16,980
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (315) 470-6500

Example Classes: Civic Engagement & Participatory Planning, Environmental Justice: Policy, Law, & Society, Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Geographic Information Systems, Managerial Economics for Sustainability, Sustainable Systems Thinking: Ecology, Economics, & Society, Sustainable Urbanism

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Management