Ready to go green with the Cherry and White? At the College of Liberal Arts, you can earn an environmental studies degree or certificate in GIS. You can even minor in environmental studies or take advantage of our accelerated degree offerings. Not sure what path is right for you? Talk to academic advising and professional development to make sure you fly in four and build toward your future. Need to learn more? Take a look at our tuition and fees, your financial aid and scholarship options, and additional resources.
Major in Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies. Environmental studies examines the nature, causes and consequences of human interactions with the environment. Environmental studies students seek to understand and address the crucial environmental issues of our time, such as climate change, environmental justice and resource management. Our students are introduced to physical geography, an understanding of the economic system and social science methods (GIS, spatial statistics, remote sensing, environmental impact assessment, quantitative and qualitative research methods) and are given flexibility to choose electives that fit the students’ own academic interests.
This major prepares students for environmentally focused careers as well as graduate programs in environmental studies, sustainability, law, geography, resource management, planning and other fields.
Environmental Studies students are introduced to:
- Current environmental issues such as health and justice, geospatial techniques and environmental policy
- Social science approaches to examining nature-society relations
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Minor in Environmental Studies
A minor in environmental studies is available to any student enrolled at Temple University. Many students choose to add an Environmental Studies minor as a complement to their primary major. This is an 18-credit minor, requiring students to take one gateway course and five electives.
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Undergraduate Certificate in GIS
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is powerful analytical software that combines data with maps. It allows users to query, analyze and visualize spatial data, asking any “where” questions: “where are we seeing outbreaks of flu,” “where will this utility have the greatest impact” or “where should we open our storefront?” Because it is so widely applicable, geographic information has become one of the linchpins of the Information Age. Employers across industries are seeking candidates trained in geospatial technologies. Because its uses are so pervasive, the U.S. Department of Labor considers geospatial technology a high-growth industry, growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with faster-than-average job growth expected over the next 10 years.
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Accelerated Degree Offerings (4+1)
Students can start pursuing a graduate degree in their junior or senior year and complete their graduate degree in one additional year by enrolling in a 4+1 program. Students may enter the 4+1 program in their junior or senior year, taking up to four graduate-level courses during their undergraduate program. The remaining graduate credits are completed the year after completing their bachelor’s degree. Graduate-level courses completed during the junior or senior year may be used to satisfy major requirements, as appropriate.
The 4+1 program allows students to begin pursuing a graduate degree in a high-growth area while still working toward an undergraduate degree, saving them time and money in earning their graduate degree.
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B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies or Environmental Studies + M.A. in Geography and Urban Studies
The M.A. in Geography and Urban Studies accelerated degree is open to Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies majors. Students can apply as early as second semester sophomore year for entry their junior year or as late as second semester junior year for entry their senior year.
Academic Advising and Professional Development
Take full advantage of the College of Liberal Arts’ flexible curriculum with the help of our award-winning advisors. We help you select a major or minor and graduate on time. Beyond academics, our advisors ensure you have a rich experience at Temple by complementing your academic work with study abroad programs, internships and other experiential learning opportunities.
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Fly in Four
Take charge of your future and limit your debt. The Fly in 4 partnership allows you to complete your degree on time — or Temple will pay for your remaining coursework. Graduating on time means your path to success starts sooner. We provide you with the resources you need to graduate in four years, like academic advising and classes offered when you need them. You commit to doing what it takes to graduate in four years, and we’ll help you get there.
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Tuition and Fees
Students have been receiving world-class Temple educations at affordable prices for more than 125 years. Compare Temple to other comparable universities, and you’ll see how your dollars go further here. Please note that Temple tuition rates vary by school or college, student level, residency status and more. Use the Temple tuition calculator to estimate your tuition rate.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
At Temple, we believe students from all walks of life should have access to an outstanding college education. If you need help paying for your education, you aren’t alone. Most students receive some form of financial aid to fund their education. About 60 percent of first-year Temple students receive need-based financial aid, and the average first-year financial aid package is about $15,000. Eligible students receive financial assistance from federal, state, private and university sources. Explore your financial aid options and apply early to make your college education an affordable experience.