Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

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We have suspended new enrollments to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies program and are no longer accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all coursework.

A degree program that meets your educational goals

Develop Solutions to Environmental Issues

With a growing number of companies, agencies, and organizations focusing on environmental issues, career opportunities for environmental studies graduates are at an all time high. To prepare you for a career in this burgeoning field, Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies offers the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree program.

Through its interdisciplinary approach, this comprehensive BS program equips you to investigate and develop technical, economic, institutional, and behavioral solutions to environmental problems.

The carefully composed undergraduate curriculum includes courses in biology, statistics, economics, environmental science, geology, microeconomics, chemical principles, geographic information systems, and research methods. Electives in urban ecology, health issues, physical anthropology, disasters, and wetlands and coastal ecology enable you to focus your studies in your area of interest.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for environmental careers is very favorable and expected to grow at a rate that is much faster than the average for all occupations. This especially holds true for those seeking positions with the State or local government.

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Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.

Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.

Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:


ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.

Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.

Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY


Suggested courses:


BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.

Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:


HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:


HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.


Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.

*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Major Courses (55 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

BIO 1010 Biology 1 (Principles) 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An Issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 1011 Chemical Principles 3 q.h.
ECN 1002 Principles of Microeconomics 4 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.
ESC 1535 Science, Technology, and Society 3 q.h.
ESC 1110 Environmental Science 3 q.h.
ESC 1105 Physical and Historical Geology 3 q.h.
ESC 1845 Environmental Planning 3 q.h.
GIS 5101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 q.h.
RMS 5105 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing 3 q.h.

Complete one of the following courses:

ESC 2120 Wetlands and Coastal Ecology 3 q.h.
ESC 2121 Urban Ecology 3 q.h.

Complete all of the following courses:

ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.
SOC 3631 Research Methods: Generating and Investigating Research Problems 3 q.h.

Complete three of the following courses:

ESC 2015 Disasters, Nature's Violence & the Human Threat 3 q.h.
ESC 2435 Air Quality & Human Respiratory Problems 3 q.h.
HSC 2101 Health Issues of Environmental Problems 3 q.h.
ANT 1010 Physical Anthropology 3 q.h.

Specializations (23-27 q.h.)

Complete the specialization in Science or the specialization in Policy.

Science Specialization

Complete all of the following courses:

CHM 1012 Laboratory for Chemical Principles 1 1 q.h.
BIO 1011 Laboratory for Biology Principles 1 1 q.h.

Complete three of the following courses:

ESC 2010 Introduction to Oceanography 3 q.h.
ESC 2105 Geology of the Boston Area 3 q.h.
ESC 3221 Environmental Geophysics 3 q.h.
ESC 3015 Introduction to Hydrology and Related Health Issues 3 q.h.
ESC 3009 Geochemistry of Natural Waters 3 q.h.
ESC 3241 Environmental Practices and Applications 3 q.h.
ESC 3435 Water Resources Management 3 q.h.
GIS 5102 Fundamentals of GIS Analysis 3 q.h.

Complete 12 credits of Social Science electives from the following prefixes:


Policy Specialization

Complete five of the following courses:

BIO 1210 Biology 2 (Diversity) 3 q.h.
CHM 1015 Chemical Principles 2 3 q.h.
ESC 2010  Introduction to Oceanography 3 q.h.
ESC 3435 Water Resources Management 3 q.h.
HSC 2100 Public Health 3 q.h.
HSC 2200 Epidemiology 3 q.h.

Complete 12 credits of Social Science electives from the following prefixes:


Open Electives (45-49 q.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 160 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $0.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This program is well suited for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the environmental field.

Careers to consider include:

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Forestry or conservation scientist
  • Biological scientist

Graduates may also wish to consider jobs in agriculture, fishing industries, as well as in construction trades.   

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Specialized knowledge of the methodologies and major theoretical perspectives of the Earth Science Disciplines. Students will be able to explain the mechanisms of specific processes affecting our planet’s physical nature.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Participants will be able to analyze various scenarios, differentiate complex ideas, and critically assess ideas based upon data-driven and scientific reasoning.
  3. Intellectual Skills
    Students will be able to apply an integrative and cross-disciplinary understanding to professional and public interest environmental issues.
  4. Applied Learning
    Students will be able to incorporate multiple information resources into their work and be able to critically analyze the quality of those sources, demonstrating information literacy in the professional literature of environmental sciences.
  5. Civic Learning
    Students will gain a global perspective, having an opportunity to examine phenomena across the globe and time, probe relationships between human societies and physical processes, and be infused with a sense of awe at the vastness of the universe.    

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