Environmental Studies


Malcolm D. Hill, PhD
Associate Professor
Brian Helmuth, PhD

14 Holmes Hall
617.373.4378 (fax)
Malcolm D. Hill, Associate Professor, m.hill@northeastern.edu
Brian Helmuth, Professor and Director of the Sustainable Science and Policy Initiative, b.helmuth@northeastern.edu

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies degree is designed to provide a flexible platform for students whose primary interest is in the area of environmental policy. In their first two years, all environmental studies majors complete introductory courses in the sciences (biology, chemistry, geology), as well as introductory- to intermediate-level course work in economics, political science, philosophy, and sociology. Students then work with a faculty advisor to select a cluster composed of intermediate- to upper-level courses in an area appropriate to the student’s career objectives. These cluster areas include sustainability, urban environmental issues, water issues, international affairs, public policy, and marine studies. A senior thesis is required in the environmental studies major. (Students interested in studying environmental issues from a science-based perspective should consider the BS in environmental science offered by the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences.)

A number of combined-major programs are offered; these can help focus a student’s course choices along avenues that faculty feel are particularly appropriate.

Students in the environmental studies program are prepared to work in environmental planning, regulation, policy, or compliance. These broad-based programs also aim to prepare students to go into environmental education or law. Co-op experiences in environmental planning may include government internships or work in environmental compliance offices.

Academic Progression Standards

Same as college standards.

Environmental Studies Minor

The minor in environmental studies is designed to provide a flexible platform for students interested in the environment. Students in the environmental studies minor have an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in such areas as planning, regulation, policy, and compliance, depending on the upper-level course choices they make.

For Environmental Studies programs please see the Marine and Environmental Sciences programs tab.