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Environmental Science Program

  • Program Overview

    Delve into the theories and practices of the inter-disciplinary field of environmental science from the context of a sound liberal arts education.

    In our environmental science program, you'll learn to use the principles and theories of science to solve problems while developing an understanding of the complicated balance between environmental issues, politics, and the welfare of the community. The curriculum develops the skills necessary to work in the environmental field or to pursue graduate school goals, and our campus location provides a living context for classroom study through the land, marshes, streams, and ocean of the North Shore.

    Environmental science focuses on a study of the natural world. You will take courses in science supplemented by electives in 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 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.

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127 -129

     

    Freshman - Credits: 33

    • 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 134 - Calculus I (Cr: 4)
      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)
    • Elective  (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)
    • Elective  (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 major discipline.
    • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the major discipline.
    • Design studies and conduct experiments in internship and field settings that utilize appropriate and safe techniques when working in laboratory and professional settings.
    • Apply quantitative reasoning to problems within the major discipline.
    • 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.
    • Demonstrate the ability to successfully apply and adapt curricular learning to the internship experience.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step.

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    Recent Internships

    • Mass Audubon
    • Meridian Associates
    • Museum of Science, Boston
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • Ocean Alliance

    Alumni Employment

    • Change is Simple
    • Stericycle
    • Town of Plymouth, Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs
    • North American Power
    • Yellowstone Raft Company

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • University of Miami (Marine Affairs and Policy)
    • University of Vermont (Education/Earth Science)