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're 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 they 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-governmental organizations. Your bachelor's degree can also 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'll 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 Religion 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 opportunities exclusively to UNT students and 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'll 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
  • Public environmental education
  • Developing and managing sustainable communities

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources 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.


High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT. In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

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 or advisor to review your degree plan.

Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits. Transfer students wishing to enter any undergraduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences must have a 2.5 overall GPA.

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. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.