Environmental Science, BS

Our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree is organized for students who seek a comprehensive understanding of the scientific implications of environmental issues and the ways that environmental scientists from a range of disciplines can approach their solution. Every student has an opportunity to develop core knowledge in geology, biology, chemistry, and mathematics early in the program. Students then select one of three concentrations—marine science, conservation science, or geoscience—as a program focus for their upper-level course work. We also provide an independent track for students whose interests do not fall into one of these three areas. Students who elect this option work with a faculty advisor to identify a group of five mid- to upper-level science courses that are aligned with the student’s career interests. (Students interested in studying environmental issues from a policy-based perspective should consider the BA in environmental studies.)

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Environmental Science Major Requirements

Introduction to College
ENVR 1000Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern1
Geology Courses
ENVR 1101Environmental Science4
ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
Dynamic Earth
and Lab for ENVR 1200
5
Calculus 1
MATH 1241Calculus 14
or MATH 1251 Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
or MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Calculus 2 or Biostatistics
Complete one of the following:4-5
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
5
MATH 1242Calculus 24
or MATH 1252 Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 2
or MATH 1342 Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering
General Chemistry 1
CHEM 1101
and CHEM 1102
and CHEM 1103
General Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1101
and Recitation for CHEM 1101
5
or CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
General Chemistry 2
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
5
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
Physics 1
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
and Recitation for PHYS 1161
Physics 1 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1171
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1171
Earth and Environmental Science Capstone
ENVR 4900Earth and Environmental Science Capstone1-4
or ENVR 4997 Senior Thesis

Environmental Science Concentrations

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Concentration in Marine Science

Required Marine Science Courses
ENVR 3125Global Oceanic Change4
ENVR 4106Coastal Processes4
Physics 2
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
and Recitation for PHYS 1165
Physics 2 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1175
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1175
Marine Science Elective Courses
Complete six of the following:20-25
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
General Biology 1 for Engineers
and Lab for BIOL 1115
Biology Colloquium
Introduction to Evolution
Fish Biology and Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2410
Fisheries Biology, Policy, and Conservation
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
Physical Biology of Marine Organisms
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Introduction to Remote Sensing
and Lab for ENVR 3302
Wetlands
Ancient Marine Life
and Lab for ENVR 5242
Marine Studies Consortium Courses (unrestricted)
Marine Mammals
Marine Studies
The Ocean World
Maritime History of New England
Water Resources Policy and Management
Coastal Zone Management
Biology of Whales
Advanced Seminar in Marine Studies
Three Seas Restricted Courses
Biology of Corals
Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Marine Birds and Mammals
and Lab for EEMB 5508
Tropical Terrestrial Ecology
Oceanography
and Lab for EEMB 5516
Ocean and Coastal Processes
Coral Reef Ecology
Experimental Design Marine Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 5522
Marine Conservation Biology
Physiological and Molecular Marine Ecology
Marine Invertebrate Zoology and Botany
and Lab for EEMB 5534
Ocean and Coastal Sustainability
Diving Research Methods
SEA Semester restricted courses
Oceanographic Field Methods
Advanced Oceanographic Field Methods
Practical Oceanographic Research

Concentration in Conservation Science 

Required Conservation Science Courses
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
5
or BIOL 1111
and BIOL 1112
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
or BIOL 1115
and BIOL 1116
General Biology 1 for Engineers
and Lab for BIOL 1115
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2302
5
EEMB 3460Conservation Biology4
ENVR 3300
and ENVR 3301
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
5
Complete one of the following:3-4
Environmental Economics
Environmental Politics and Policy
Environment, Technology, and Society
Conservation Science Electives
Note: Additional upper-level electives (numbered 2000 and above) may also be acceptable with department advisor approval.
Complete three of the following:12-15
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Animal Behavior
Plant Biotechnology
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
Climate Adaptation and Policy Abroad
Environmental Protection and Management
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Ecology and Evolution of Behavior
Introduction to Evolution
Plant Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2610
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Vertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2618
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
Physical Biology of Marine Organisms
Ecosystems Ecology
Ecological and Conservation Genetics
Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology
Landscape and Restoration Ecology
Entomology
and Lab for EEMB 5560
Herpetology
and Lab for EEMB 5562
Ornithology
and Lab for EEMB 5564
EEMB 5566
and EEMB 5567

and
Wildlife Biology
and Lab for EEMB 5568
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
Global Oceanic Change
Water Resources
Coastal Processes
and Lab for ENVR 4106
Environmental Pollution
Wetlands
Sustainable Development
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Soil Science
Environmental Planning
Geology and Land-Use Planning
Three Seas Restricted Courses
Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Marine Birds and Mammals
and Lab for EEMB 5508
Tropical Terrestrial Ecology
Oceanography
and Lab for EEMB 5516
Coral Reef Ecology

Concentration in Geoscience 

Required Geoscience Courses
ENVR 2310
and ENVR 2311
Earth Materials
and Lab for ENVR 2310
5
ENVR 2340
and ENVR 2341
Earth Landforms and Processes
and Lab for ENVR 2340
5
ENVR 3300
and ENVR 3301
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
5
ENVR 5210Environmental Planning4
or ENVR 5250 Geology and Land-Use Planning
Physics 2
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
and Recitation for PHYS 1165
Physics 2 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1175
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1175
Geoscience Concentration Electives
Complete four of the following:16-20
Igneous Petrology and Volcanology
and Lab for ENVR 3000
Global Oceanic Change
Geophysics
Coastal Processes
and Lab for ENVR 4106
Environmental Pollution
Wetlands
Applied Hydrogeology
and Lab for ENVR 4500
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Soil Science
Geologic Field Seminar
Structural Geology
and Lab for ENVR 5230
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
and Lab for ENVR 5240
Ancient Marine Life
and Lab for ENVR 5242
Glacial and Quaternary History
and Lab for ENVR 5270
Dialogue of Civilizations restricted courses
Environmental Science Field Seminar Abroad

Environmental Science Major Credit Requirement

Complete 77 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Elective4Elective4
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114Elective4Elective4
ENVR 11014ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
5  
MATH 12414MATH 12424  
Elective4   
 18 18 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EESC 20001Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
and PHYS 1163
5  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 1212
5Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Concentration course4  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154ENVR 4900 or 49971-4  
Concentration course4Concentration course4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 13-16  
Total Hours: 132-135

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 10001CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5Elective4Elective4
ENVR 11014ENGW 11114Elective4Elective4
MATH 12414ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
5  
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
and PHYS 1163
5MATH 12424  
Elective4   
 18 18 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5CHEM 2311
and CHEM 1212
5Elective4Co-op0
Concentration course4EESC 20001Elective4 
Elective4Concentration course4  
Elective4Concentration course4  
 Elective4  
 17 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154Elective4Co-op0
 Concentration course4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0ENVR 4900 or 49971-4  
 Concentration course4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 13-16  
Total Hours: 132-135

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 10001CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5Vacation0Vacation0
ENVR 11014ENGW 11114  
MATH 12414ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
5  
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
and PHYS 1163
5MATH 12424  
Elective4   
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
EESC 20001  Elective4
Concentration course4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Concentration course4  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Concentration course4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Concentration course4ENVR 4900 or 49971-4  
Elective4Concentration course4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 13-16  
Total Hours: 132-135

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 10001CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5Vacation0Vacation0
ENVR 11014ENGW 11114  
MATH 12414ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
5  
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
and PHYS 1163
5MATH 12424  
Elective4   
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5Vacation0Co-op0
Concentration course4EESC 20001  
Elective4Concentration course4  
Elective4Elective4  
 Elective4  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Concentration course4Elective4Co-op0
 Elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154Elective4Co-op0
 Concentration course4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0ENVR 4900 or 49971-4  
 Concentration course4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 13-16  
Total Hours: 132-135