Environmental Studies, BS (transition)

This program is not open for entry for the 2016–2017 year.

Students who matriculated prior to fall 2016 may either follow this curriculum or the new curriculum for Environmental Science under “Lowell Institute School Programs."

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies 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.

Core Courses

30 semester hours required

ENG 1105
and ENG 1106
College Writing 1
and Lab for ENG 1105
ENG 1107
and ENG 1108
College Writing 2
and Lab for ENG 1107
ENG 2105
and ENG 2106
Writing Workshop
and Lab for ENG 2105
Course satisfying Engaging Difference and Diversity core3
ITC 1000Computer Applications3
or ITC 2016 End-User Data Analysis Tools
MTH 1100College Algebra3
PHL 2140Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering3
Complete 3 semester hours of HST electives.3
MTH 2300Business Statistics3

Foundation Courses

23 semester hours required

BIO 1100
and BIO 1101
Principles of Biology 1
and Lab for BIO 1100
CHM 1100
and CHM 1101
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHM 1100
ECN 1100Principles of Microeconomics3
Complete 12 semester hours in humanities and social science electives.12

Major Required Courses

36 semester hours required

ESC 1250The Environment and Society3
ESC 1300Science, Technology, and Society3
ESC 1100The Geosphere: Physical and Historical Geology3
ESC 3100Introduction to Geographical Information Systems3
Complete 9 semester hours from the following:9
Wetlands Ecosystems
Urban Ecology
Natural Disasters: Evaluating Risk, Minimizing Loss
Air, Water, and Life: Pollution
The Atmosphere
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Planetary Science
Soils and Sustainability
Water on and Underground: Geochemistry and Hydrology
Energy: Sources and Issues
Public Health
The Hydrosphere: Oceanography, Ground and Surface Water
ESC 4850Environmental Assessment and Remediation3

Open Electives

Complete a minimum of 31 semester hours of open electives to reach 120 semester hours.