UC Clermont

Environmental Studies


Why study Environmental Studies?

Environmental studies provides an opportunity for the systematic investigation of the natural world and the interaction of humans with their own environment. Modern environmental issues are highly complex and transcend traditional academic disciplines. The real-world solutions to these conflicts require not only expertise from the natural and social sciences — biology, economics, engineering and political sciences — but also an interdisciplinary perspective. This calls for professionals who take a systems approach that addresses the complex interrelationships within and among components of natural, built and social environments. The associate degree in Environmental Studies provides students with the interdisciplinary training and conceptual framework required to analyze and respond to the world's dynamic environmental problems.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

The keys to success in environmental studies are both a curiosity about, and a passion for, the natural world. The complex nature of environmental issues and solutions also requires creativity in problem-solving, flexibility, imagination and a talent for both written and oral communication. You should have good math and problem-solving skills, enjoy science and be detail oriented. You should also enjoy hands-on work. Depending on your specialty, professionals should enjoy working outdoors, often under challenging conditions (field work) or working with animals.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for many beginning jobs in environmental studies, and UC Clermont's associate degree program is designed to transition to the bachelor's degree offered by UC's College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). Students may choose to pursue professional careers or to continue their studies in either graduate (MAs or PhDs in fields such as biology, ecology or environmental science/studies) or professional schools (e.g., law school, education or medicine). Career opportunities include positions in federal, state and local agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations, consulting firms and academic institutions.

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call us at 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is on 91 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress and to verify that you have met all pre-requisites.

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office at (513) 556-2069 for details, or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions. Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319

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Program Code: 34ASC-EVST-AS