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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Students who enroll in the Environmental Studies Track master knowledge and skills in biological and earth sciences, field research methods, holistic management of natural resources at small and large scales, understanding of the dynamics of environmental policy-making at various jurisdictional frames, and communicating with and educating members of the public and stakeholder groups to invite their participation in caring stewardship of the natural world.

Students have created degrees in Environmental Studies with emphasis in these areas, among others: Agroecology, Conservation Biology, Earth Science, Ecological Design, Environmental Education, Environmental Policy, Human Ecology, Marine Studies, and Natural History and Ecology.

Limited Residency Bachelor of Arts

Sustainability & Environmental Studies  is home for those students who are passionate about extending their knowledge and skills toward sustaining whole communities for generations to come. Students choose to focus on one of two distinct tracks, both rooted in a commitment to helping people understand and appreciate that their well-being is inextricably connected to the health of the natural world.

Prescott College Offers two tracks for Limited Residency Undergraduate students:

Sustainable Community Development Track

Environmental Studies Track

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate


All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program.  Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey.  Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.

Prior Learning Assessment

Prescott College’s commitment to student-centered, experiential learning includes a respect for the adult student’s prior learning, whether that learning occurred in non-college settings, recognized Massive Open Online Courses, or in extended, demanding professional experiences. After the first semester, Limited-Residency Undergraduate students may apply to begin a process in which they document and request assessment of their prior learning in order to earn Prescott College credits. 

Mentored Study

Our mentored study program is the special ingredient that makes our distance program a high-touch, face to face experience that is customizable for each student, and a proven success across the country. Mentors are experts in their field and are vetted by our faculty. You can work with your mentor in your home community, virtually, and even abroad. The mix of mentored studies and online coursework allows you to achieve your educational goals while maintaining your personal schedule.

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Forest Ranger
  • Graduate School
  • Marine Biologist
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Outdoor Business Owner
  • Outdoor Program Administrator
  • Preserve Manager
  • Wilderness Advocate

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies

Environmental Studies Students Watching Dolphins in Kino Bay

The Kino Bay Center is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Each year the Kino Bay Center hosts over 450 researchers, students, resident fellows and community visitors from dozens of institutions and community groups from Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world.

The Kino Bay Center facilitates, supports and integrates collaborative efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of resources in the culturally and biologically rich Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California. The mission of the Kino Bay Center is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center provides high quality opportunities for experiential and field-based education to contribute to research and conservation in the region and to build capacity within local communities for participation in conservation and sustainable development. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges. 

More Information

Natural History Institute

Natural History Institute Mural

The Natural History Institute at Prescott College is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of natural history. All students, visitors, and area residents are invited to utilize the Institute as a place to collaborate on projects, share information, pursue research questions and ecological curiosities, and become inspired to better know the world around them.

Resources offered to students and community patrons of the Natural History Institute include:

• Exhibits on art, science, and culture, including the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection of historically significant natural history art
• Guest lectures
• Research support
• Outdoor programming
• Archives of field notes and slides from the binational Southwest
• Digital and physical collections of plant, insect, bird and rock specimens of the Mogollon Highlands and adjacent ecoregions

More Information Video: Natural History Institute Collections

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program Tuition and Fees

2016-2017 Academic Year (three terms)

Direct Costs FallSpringSummer
Assumes Full Time 12 credits 12 credits 12 credits
Tuition ($578 per credit) $6,936 $6,936 $6,936
Orientation Fee (first term only) $150    
Sustainability Fee $50 $50 $50
Technology Fee $115 $115 $115
Total Direct Costs 
$7,251 $7,101 $7,101
Indirect Costs (variable) [1]Fall SpringSummer
 Assumes 4.5 months 4.5 months 3 months
Estimated Travel Expenses[2] $520 $0 $0
 Estimated Room & Board[3] $5,456 $5,456 $3,637
 Estimated Books $377 $377 $377
 Miscellaneous/Personal $971 $971 $971
 Total Indirect Costs 
$7,324 $6,804 $4,985

[1]Indirect costs are estimated based on student surveys and are included in the cost of attendance. Students are eligible for financial aid (including loans) up to their total cost of attendance.

[2]Travel expenses to New Student Orientation are estimated, and can vary depending on distance from campus and mode of travel.

[3]Estimated room & board included for financial aid purposes only.  Students are not expected to live on campus but may receive financial aid to help cover these living expenses.