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Environmental Science (B.S.)

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. A concentration in Secondary Education leading to Massachusetts state teacher licensure is available to interested students.

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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.

Environmental Science with Secondary Education Teacher Licensure concentration: Students electing to become middle or high school teachers can select the concentration in Secondary Education with Teacher Licensure.

See what we are doing on campus to reduce our own environmental impact.

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 (Cr: 4)
Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement
BIO 210 - Biostatistics (Cr: 3)
CHE 105/105L - General Chemistry I and Lab (Cr: 4)
CHE 106/106L - General Chemistry II and Lab (Cr: 4)
ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ENV 140 - Environmental Biology and Field Studies (Cr: 3)
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
MTH 135 - Calculus I (Cr: 3)
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 (Cr: 3)
ENV 215/215L - Oceanography and Lab (Cr: 4)
ENV 220/220L - Environmental Science and Lab (Cr: 4)
ENV 313 - Modern Conservation: Principles and Practices (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)

Junior - Credits: 31-33

  • World Cultures General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
  • Environmental Science Electives  (Cr: 6-8)
  • General Education Elective (Cr: 3)
  • Electives  (Cr: 3)
CHE 306 - Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation (Cr: 3)
ENV 312 - Environmental Health (Cr: 3)
ENV 338 - Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment (Cr: 3)
ENV 375 - Environmental Economics (Cr: 3)
ENV 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)
POL 382 - Environmental Law and Politics (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.

Senior - Credits: 30

  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 9)
    (two must be above the 100 level)
ENV 338 - Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment (Cr: 3)
ENV 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
ENV 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
ENV 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

Environmental Science Electives

Students choose three courses from the following list:

BIO 205 - Plant Biology (Cr: 3)
BIO 226 - Marine Biology (Cr: 3)
BIO 242 - World Disease (Cr: 3)
BIO 292/292L - Microbiology and Lab (Cr: 4)
BIO 320/320L - Cell and Molecular Biology and Lab (Cr: 4)
BUS 365 - Business, the Environment, and Sustainability (Cr: 3)
CHE 207/207L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab (Cr: 4)
CHE 209/209L - Biochemistry and Lab (Cr: 4)
ENV 122/122L - Geology and Lab (Cr: 4)
HST 380 - Environmental History (Cr: 3)
IST 325 - World Geography (Cr: 3)
LST 203 - Interpreting Built Environments (Cr: 3)
PHL 310 - Bioethics (Cr: 3)
PHY 201/201L - Physics with Calculus I and Lab (Cr: 4)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the environmental science major, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the environmental science discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the environmental science discipline.
  • Design studies and conduct experiments in internship and field settings that utilize appropriate and safe techniques
  • Apply quantitative reasoning to problems within environmental science.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with core concepts in the major discipline in the following content areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, environmental concerns and policy, scientific and quantitative reasoning.

Internships

Get Out There!

Examples of Recent Environmental Studies Major Internships:

Hawaii Wildlife Fund
NE MA Mosquito Control
The Nature Conservatory
Doyle Conservation Center
NOAA Fisheries
Long Point: The Trustees of the Reservations
Sierra Club
New England Aquarium
Seacoast Science Center

Careers

Field and Laboratory Research
Pollution/Water Quality Control Testing
Policy and Management
Environmental Law
Energy Sector
National and State Parks
Museums and Aquariums
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Protection
Natural Resource Management

Download the Environmental Science Career Sheet for more options and information. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Environmental Science major, students will:

Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the environmental science discipline. 
Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the environmental science discipline. 
Design studies and conduct experiments in internship and field settings.
Utilize appropriate and safe techniques when working in the field and professional settings.
Apply quantitative reasoning to problems within environmental science. 
Demonstrate familiarity with core concepts in the major discipline in the following content areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, environmental concerns and policy, scientific and quantitative reasoning.

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