Good morning, afternoon, or evening, depending on your timezone.
I am a 24-year-old undergrad *currently* majoring in Biology at a community college until the time comes when I can transfer to a 4-year California State University. When I do transfer, I will specifically be working towards a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (that is one major). However, there is also the option of transferring into the Environmental Studies program. This university (California State University--San Bernardino) does not offer an Environmental Science program, unfortunately. It is my understanding that Environmental Studies is the theoretical version of Environmental Science. Correct me if I am wrong.
Anyway, I am having a hard time determining whether it would be more beneficial to me to have a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology or a B.S. in Environmental Studies. My intentions are to work in wildlife and/or environmental conservation, a zoo, humane education, etc. I want nothing more than to help preserve and maintain the ecology of our planet. But I also don't want to cut myself short from employment in other fields in which an Environmental Studies degree may be more beneficial (green energy, for example). That said, I *need* to choose because double majoring is not an option for me anymore due to my already compounding debt from a previous major at a 4-year private art university. I currently have $70,000 in student loans and nothing to show for it except an A.A. in Marketing & Advertising. I also have to work full time because my father is a diagnosed schizophrenic and my mother is retired. Neither of them can help me.
Basically, can anyone who is in the business of conservation and/or green energy provide concrete details of having one degree over the other? Has there ever been a situation in which you were denied employment because you didn't have the "exact degree" that they were looking for? Thank you for your time.