Environmental Science majors focus on a study of the natural world. This involves taking courses in science, geography, history, sociology, politics, and philosophy - in order to understand the many ways in which factors like human activity, industrial growth, government policies, and social trends affect the environment. Faculty members who are passionate about appreciating and preserving our natural resources infuse their courses with excitement and purpose, guiding students through critical research projects and training them to utilize state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment. Through the Environmental Science program, students are encouraged to use their own research and experiences to create practical solutions to the environmental problems facing the globe today.
|Listen to Dr. Mari Butler, Associate Professor of Arts and Sciences, discuss the courses she teaches in oceanography and in the environmental sciences, as well as the baby seal found on a Gloucester beach, in an interview on MSO Northshore web radio.
The dynamic and diverse ecosystems found right on campus - including ocean, marsh, stream, and forest systems - provide students with a living context for coursework and research. Environmental Science majors are able to translate their own observations into a working understanding of the environmental challenges that affect all of society from pollution and global warming to energy conservation and resource management.
Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127 -129
Freshman - Credits: 32
- Individual and Society General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
BIO 130/130L - Principles of Ecology and Lab
Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement
BIO 210 - Biostatistics
CHE 105/105L - General Chemistry I and Lab
CHE 106/106L - General Chemistry II and Lab
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
ENV 140 - Environmental Biology and Field Studies
INT 100 - Internship I
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry
MTH 135 - Calculus I
Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement
Sophomore - Credits: 34-35
- Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Global Issues General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Environmental Science Elective (Cr: 3-4)
- Elective (Cr: 3)
ENV 212 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENV 215/215L - Oceanography and Lab
ENV 220/220L - Environmental Science and Lab
ENV 313 - Modern Conservation: Principles and Practices
INT 200 - Internship II
Junior - Credits: 31-33
- World Cultures General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Environmental Science Electives (Cr: 6-8)
- General Education Elective (Cr: 3)
- Electives (Cr: 6)
CHE 306 - Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation
ENV 312 - Environmental Health
ENV 375 - Environmental Economics
ENV 379 - Semester Internship Strategies
POL 384 - Environmental Law
Senior - Credits: 30
- General Education Electives (Cr: 9)
(two must be above the 100 level)
ENV 338 - Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment
ENV 480 - Semester Internship
ENV 489 - Senior Thesis I
ENV 490 - Senior Thesis II
Environmental Science Electives
Students choose three courses from the following list:
BIO 205 - Plant Biology
BIO 226 - Marine Biology and Biotechnology
BIO 242 - World Disease
BIO 292/292L - Microbiology and Lab
BIO 320/320L - Cell and Molecular Biology and Lab
BUS 365 - Business, The Environment, and Sustainability
CHE 207/207L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab
CHE 209/209L - Biochemistry and Lab
ENV 122/122L - Geology and Lab
ENV 216 - Natural Disasters and Catastrophes
HST 380 - Environmental History
ID 340 - Sustainability and Design
IST 325 - World Geography
LST 203 - Power of Place
PHL 310 - Bioethics
PHY 107/107L - Physics I and Lab
PHY 201/201L - Physics with Calculus I and Lab
POL 380 - Environmental Politics
Get Out There!
Examples of Recent Environmental Studies Major Internships:
Hawaii Wildlife Fund
NE MA Mosquito Control
The Nature Conservatory
Doyle Conservation Center
Long Point: The Trustees of the Reservations
New England Aquarium
Seacoast Science Center
Field and Laboratory Research
Pollution/Water Quality Control Testing
Policy and Management
National and State Parks
Museums and Aquariums
Natural Resource Management
Download Environmental Science Career Sheet for more options and information.
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the environmental sciences, and the roles they play in the world today.
- Demonstrate learning and understanding of interdisciplinary study within the environmental sciences.
- Engage in methods of scientific inquiry.
- Apply learning through fieldwork, laboratory and internship experiences.
- Capitalize on the location and physical/natural aspects of the campus and the North Shore of Boston.
- Demonstrate relevant writing, communication and mathematics competencies and skills.