Turn Your Love of the Outdoors Into A Career

Environmental threats from population growth make sustainability efforts increasingly important. Learn how to keep our natural resources abundant and safe by studying environmental processes, human interaction and policies around air and water quality, hazard mitigation and other environmental concerns. Careers include pollution remediation, impact assessment, monitoring, site assessment, investigation, compliance and regulation enforcement. Other tracks include opportunities in state, federal and local environmental regulatory agencies, private environmental firms, local governments, corporations and industry.

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Is this Program a Good Fit for You?

Environmental Sciences students are typically interested in:

  • State, federal and local environmental regulatory agencies
  • Private environmental firms and corporations

See Yourself Succeed With a Degree in Environmental Science

Environmental scientist setting up system in water

Innovation and Discovery

Take on our mission to build a better Texas that is eager to compete in an interconnected world with creativity, ethical leadership and imagination. We don’t just discover the future, we make it.

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Career Readiness

The College of Science and Engineering is a gateway to in-demand STEM careers projected to make up a significant portion of the U.S. and global economy.

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Environmental scientist instructing student in water

Accomplished Faculty

Shape an innovative framework with an award-winning faculty, including four Regents Professors, a highly selective honor for exemplary contributions to their university, community and the state of Texas.

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Hands-on Research

Our faculty will help you tackle complex challenges and discover solutions with hands-on research in various fields.


A degree in environmental sciences offers the opportunity to:

  • Explore biological sciences and natural resources while gaining an understanding of our complex environment.
  • Learn to analyze and interpret a variety of environmental science data.
  • Understand economic and political issues, environmental laws, ethics and communications needed to protect our environment.
Environmental scientist taking sample of water


As an environmental sciences student, you can apply your in-depth knowledge in the field by choosing an internship among private, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have established collaboration with the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at A&M-Commerce. These internships enable you to work on specific projects under the direction of professionals and are tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

There is an 11% projected job growth through 2026 for environmental scientists and specialists and a 12% projected growth rate for environmental science and protection technicians through 2026.

Environmental scientists and specialists
Environmental science and protection technicians

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2023

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Student Career Preparedness and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce environmental science students.


  • Environmental Science
  • Biological Sciences
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What You Will Learn

This degree program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of environmental and earth sciences using coursework, collaborative research and firsthand field experience. This program will prepare you for a career cleaning up polluted areas, advising policymakers or working with industries to reduce waste.

Courses to Prepare for Your Career

  • Foundation courses include Introductory Biology, Ecology, and General and Quantitative Chemistry.
  • Core courses include geospatial mapping and principles of sustainability.

Student Organizations

The Residential Living and Learning-EcoLions at A&M-Commerce (RLL-EcoLions) is an on-campus student organization supporting all things sustainable. Join the EcoLions and do your part to maintain a clean and sustainable campus by supporting essential sustainability practices like recycling. Create a positive impression on your surroundings and help educate fellow students on the importance of our planet's well-being.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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Contact Us

  • Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • 903.886.5378
  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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