Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

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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 Science degree program 

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

The carefully composed undergraduate curriculum includes courses in environmental science and geographic information systems, coupled with a strong foundation in basic science.

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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Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

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.

General Foundation Courses (21 s.h.)

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106 College Writing 1 Lab 1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2 3 s.h.
ENG 1108 College Writing 2 Lab 1 s.h.
ENG 3105 Writing for the Professions-Science & Engineering 3 s.h.
ENG 3106 Writing for the Professions-Science & Engineering Lab 1 s.h.
  Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation 3 s.h.
  Interpreting Culture 3 s.h.
  Engaging Difference and Diversity 3 s.h.

Foundation Courses (28 s.h.)

MTH 1100 College Algebra 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ITC 1000
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
PHL 2140 Ethical Issues in Science & Engineering 3 s.h.
BIO 1100 Principles of Biology 1 3 s.h.
BIO 1101 Principles of Biology 1 Lab 1 s.h.
BIO 1200 Principles of Biology 2 3 s.h.
BIO 1201 Principles of Biology 2 Lab 1 s.h.
CHM 1100 General Chemistry 1 3 s.h.
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 Lab 1 s.h.
CHM 1200 General Chemistry 2 3 s.h.
CHM 1201 General Chemistry 2 Lab 1 s.h.

Major Required Courses (42 s.h.)

ESC 1100 The Geosphere: Physical and Historical Geology 3 s.h.
ESC 1150 The Atmosphere 3 s.h.
ESC 1200 The Hydrosphere: Oceanography Ground and Surface Water 3 s.h.
ESC 1250 The Environment & Society 3 s.h.
ESC 2100 Planetary Science 3 s.h.
ESC 2200 Natural Disasters: Evaluating Risk, Minimizing Loss 3 s.h.
ESC 3100 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems 3 s.h.
ESC 3200 Wetlands Ecosystems 3 s.h.
ESC 3210 Air, Water, and Life: Pollution 3 s.h.
ESC 3220 Water on and under Ground: Geochemistry and Hydrology 3 s.h.
ESC 3230 Soils and Sustainability 3 s.h.
ESC 3240 Energy: Sources and Issues 3 s.h.
ESC 3250 Urban Ecology 3 s.h.
ESC 4850 Environmental Assessment and Remediation (capstone) 3 s.h.


Open Electives (29 s.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this 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 Integrated 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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