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Ecology for Environmental Science

Your future in Ecology for Environmental Science

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Are you interested in environmental and conservation issues? Do you have a strong background in physical, life and natural sciences? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology for Environmental Science at the University of North Texas. We are the first university in the region to offer this degree program.

Ecologists increase our understanding of the natural world and potential environmental impacts. The knowledge ecologists provide is used by other scientists, teachers, policy makers, citizens and managers.

With a bachelor’s degree in this area, you could have a career as a(n):

  • Field or research technician
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Outdoor educator
  • Park naturalist
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Wildlife biologist

Job opportunities are expected to grow substantially during the next several years, especially in private companies and non-government organizations. Your bachelor’s degree also can provide the foundation for advanced graduate degrees in Ecology and related disciplines.

What we offer

The Ecology for Environmental Science degree program will expose you to a wide range of courses and facilities that focus your understanding from an ecological perspective. You will also gain experience with applied aspects like ecotoxicology.

Faculty members are active researchers in many fields including:

  • Aquatic and terrestrial ecology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Contaminant effects on freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Wildlife biology

The program utilizes resources from multiple departments across campus, including the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Department of Geography. Among the other resources are well-equipped analytical and biological laboratories, UNT’s Sub-Antarctic Field Research Station in Chile and the UNT Water Research Field Station. These resources provide additional research possibilities available only to UNT students or allow for hands-on experience.

What to expect

Your course work will focus on advanced biology, chemistry, physics, math, geography, economics, technical writing and philosophy. You will learn about:

  • Biological diversity and how ecosystems work, including organismal life history, conservation and how to apply your knowledge to address environmental issues facing our society
  • Developing and managing sustainable communities
  • Public environmental education



High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.


The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.