Environmental Science, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program that combines an understanding of the science of the environment with the social and political issues that impact environmental policy. The program provides a strong foundation in the disciplines of oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy, supplemented by chemistry and biology. Students also take courses that incorporate an understanding of the social and political challenges around environmental policy with the underlying science. By combining science and policy, students have an opportunity to apply scientific and social/political theory and technical knowledge to the understanding of our natural world.

Graduates may pursue careers in government, nonprofits, and private industry, working to address environmental issues through a combination of science and policy.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated.

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

28 semester hours required

MTH 1100College Algebra3
MTH 2310Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences3
ITC 1000Computer Applications3
or ITC 2016 End-User Data Analysis Tools
PHL 2140Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering3
BIO 1100
and BIO 1101
Principles of Biology 1
and Lab for BIO 1100
4
BIO 1200
and BIO 1201
Principles of Biology 2
and Lab for BIO 1200
4
CHM 1100
and CHM 1101
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHM 1100
4
CHM 1200
and CHM 1201
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHM 1200
4

Major Courses

42 semester hours required

ESC 1100The Geosphere: Physical and Historical Geology3
ESC 1150The Atmosphere3
ESC 1200The Hydrosphere: Oceanography, Ground and Surface Water3
ESC 1250The Environment and Society3
ESC 2100Planetary Science3
ESC 2200Natural Disasters: Evaluating Risk, Minimizing Loss3
ESC 3100Introduction to Geographical Information Systems3
ESC 3200Wetlands Ecosystems3
ESC 3210Air, Water, and Life: Pollution3
ESC 3220Water on and Underground: Geochemistry and Hydrology3
ESC 3230Soils and Sustainability3
ESC 3240Energy: Sources and Issues3
ESC 3250Urban Ecology3
ESC 4850Environmental Assessment and Remediation3

Open Electives

Complete a minimum of 50 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Term 1Hours
ENG 1105
and ENG 1106
4
MTH 11003
BIO 1100
and BIO 1101
4
ESC 11003
 14
Term 2Hours
ENG 1107
and ENG 1108
4
MTH 23103
BIO 1200
and BIO 1201
4
ESC 11503
 14
Term 3Hours
ESC 12003
CHM 1100
and CHM 1101
4
ITC 1000 or 20163
ESC 12503
Open elective3
STEM Seminar 11
 17
Term 4Hours
ESC 21003
CHM 1200
and CHM 1201
4
ESC 22003
PHL 21403
Open elective3
 16
Term 5Hours
ESC 32003
ESC 32103
ESC 31003
ENG 3105
and ENG 3106
4
Open elective3
 16
Term 6Hours
ESC 32203
ESC 32303
ESC 32503
Open elective3
Open elective3
 15
Term 7Hours
ESC 32403
Open elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
STEM Seminar 21
 16
Term 8Hours
ESC 48503
Open elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
 12
Total Hours: 120