ABOUT THIS DEGREE
Are you interested in changing the world by studying the relationships between humans and their economic, social and natural environments? Life University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology strives to advance methods by which sustainability could be achieved.
Human Ecology majors may focus on either People, Politics and Social Change (PPSC) or Science, Sustainability and Resource Management (SSRM).
- Within the PPSC track, students will explore the challenges of sustainable living and will develop viable solutions to address pressing issues at both the local and global levels.
- This track is ideal for students who seek to be agents of social change within the public policy arena and other public forums.
- In the SSRM track, students will gain the technical skills required to examine the social, political and policy impacts of technological advancements and will generate practical approaches to alleviate some of the most-pressing environmental, economic and social challenges with an emphasis on sustainable practices.
- This track is ideal for students who are seeking careers related to science and sustainability practices within industry.
While many large, public universities which offer a B.S. in Human Ecology have lecture-driven classes seating hundreds of students, that is not the case at Life University. Here the classes are small with a focus on engaged and active learning, which includes team activities, one-on-one interaction with faculty mentors and hands-on experience both on and off campus.
Depending on your personal interests and career goals, professional opportunities for B.S. Human Ecology graduates include:
- Environmental Scientist, specializing in health
- Environmental Restoration Planner
- Construction Manager
- Transportation Manager
- Urban/Regional Planner
- Industrial Ecologist
- Water Resource Specialist
- Compliance Manager
- Logistics Manager
- Fish/Game Wardens
- Regulatory Affairs Manager
- Environmental or Natural Resource Economist
- Climate Analyst
For more information on degree specifics, requirements and curriculum offerings, please visit Life University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology Catalog page.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 8% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists. The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $71,360 in May 2019.
Employment of economists is projected to grow 8% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for economists was $105,020 in May 2019.
The B.S. in Human Ecology degree at LIFE was established in 2019 and stands as the fifth degree offering in the Division of Social Sciences, joining the B.S. in Biopsychology; B.S. in Psychology; B.S. in Positive Human Development and Social Change; and M.S. in Positive Psychology.
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- Campus Activities Board (CAB)
- Life University Student Ambassadors
- Student LIFEforce
- Life U Food & Nutrition Club
- Student American Black Chiropractic Association (SABCA)
- Multicultural Student Association
- Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
- Life University Student Council
- Life University Ice Hockey Club
- Safe Space
- Vital Source (student news)
For a complete list of ways to get involved at LIFE, visit Engage.LIFE.edu.
Other Relevant Information
Life University offers the Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree on campus. LIFE is conveniently located in Marietta, Georgia, part of the thriving Atlanta metro area, and is only 35 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. To learn more about our online programs, visit our Online Degree Programs page.