Environmental Studies, BA

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

14 Holmes Hall
617.373.3176
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.)

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.

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.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Environmental Studies Major Requirements

Introduction to College
ENVR 1000Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern1
Science Courses
Required Science Courses
ENVR 1101Environmental Science4
ENVR 1110Global Climate Change4
Complete one of the following:5
General Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1101
and Recitation for CHEM 1101
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
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
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
Ethics Course
PHIL 1180Environmental Ethics4
or PHIL 1185 The Ethics of Food
Economics Course
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
Sociology Course
SOCL 1246Environment and Society4
Law and Political Science Courses
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
American Government
and Recitation for POLS 1150
4
POLS 2395Environmental Politics and Policy4
or LPSC 2301 Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
Environmental Impact Courses
ENVR 1112Environmental Geology4
or ENVR 1200 Dynamic Earth
ENVR 2900Special Topics in Environmental Studies4
or EEMB 3460 Conservation Biology
ENVR 4515Sustainable Development4
ENVR 5210Environmental Planning4
or ENVR 5250 Geology and Land-Use Planning
Statistics Course
Complete one of the following:4
Statistics
Statistics and Software
Quantitative Techniques
Statistical Analysis in Sociology
Senior Thesis
ENVS 4997Senior Thesis1-4
or ENVR 4900 Earth and Environmental Science Capstone

Environmental Studies Cluster

Complete one of the following clusters:

International Cluster
Select six of the following:24
International Food Economics and Policy
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
HIST 3412
HIST 4620
Global Population and Development
Cities in a Global Context
PHIL 3480
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Environmental Politics and Policy
Environment, Technology, and Society
SOCL 4522
Dialogue of Civilizations Restricted Courses
Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
Climate Adaptation and Policy Abroad
Environmental Science Field Seminar Abroad
Marine Cluster
Select six of the following:17-25
EEMB 2410
Fisheries Biology, Policy, and Conservation
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Conservation Biology
Ecological Dynamics
and Lab for EEMB 5130
Global Oceanic Change
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
ENVR 4106
ENVR 4505
Ancient Marine Life
and Lab for ENVR 5242
ENVR 5244
ENVR 5248
Marine Studies Consortium Courses (unrestricted)
Marine Mammals
MARS 3305
Water Resources Policy and Management
Coastal Zone Management
Biology of Whales
SEA Semester Restricted Courses
ENVR 2940
ENVR 2941
ENVR 2942
ENVR 2943
ENVR 3100
ENVR 3101
ENVR 3102
ENVR 3103
ENVR 3104
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
Policy Cluster
Select six of the following:23-24
CIVE 5270
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
HIST 2342
HIST 4620
Ecological Economics
Food Systems and Public Policy
SOCL 4522
Sustainability Cluster
Select six of the following:23-24
Environmental Engineering 1
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
ENVR 4505
HIST 2342
HIST 3412
HIST 4620
HIST 5295
Global Population and Development
Landscape Ecology
Marine Studies Consortium Courses (unrestricted)
Water Resources Policy and Management
Urban Cluster
Select six of the following:23-24
Landscape and Restoration Ecology
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
ECON 3415
Urban Economic Issues
Economics of Transportation
Environmental Economics
HIST 2342
HIST 4620
Cities in a Global Context
Landscape Ecology
Urban Policies and Politics
PHIL 3480
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
SOCL 1247
Environment, Technology, and Society
SOCL 4522
Water Cluster
Select six of the following:24-25
Environmental Engineering 1
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Applied Hydrogeology
and Lab for ENVR 4500
ENVR 4505
or MARS 3300
HIST 2342
Marine Studies Consortium Courses (unrestricted)
Water Resources Policy and Management
Coastal Zone Management
Interdisciplinary Cluster
Create a plan of six courses under the guidance of the program director.23-27

Environmental Studies Major Credit Requirement

Complete 73 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
ENVR 10001ECON 11164Elective4Elective4
ENVR 11014ENGW 11114Elective4Elective4
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
4ENVR 1112 or 12004  
SOCL 12464PHIL 1180 or 11854  
Foreign language course4   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EESC 20001Co-op0Co-op0Cluster course4
ENVR 11104  Elective4
ENVR 2900 or EEMB 34604   
Foreign language course4   
Science course5   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 5210 or 52504Co-op0Co-op0Cluster course4
POLS 2395 or LPSC 23014  Elective4
Cluster course4   
Foreign language course4   
Statistics course4   
 20 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
ENGW 3303, 3307, 3308, or 33154ENVS 4997 or ENVR 49001-4  
ENVR 45154Cluster course4  
Cluster course4Elective4  
Cluster course4Elective4  
 16 13-16  
Total Hours: 132-135

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 10001ECON 11164Elective4Elective4
ENVR 11014ENGW 11114Elective4Elective4
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
4ENVR 1112 or 12004  
SOCL 12464PHIL 1180 or 11854  
Foreign language course4   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 2900 or EEMB 34604EESC 20001Cluster course4Co-op0
POLS 2395 or LPSC 23014ENVR 11104Elective4 
Cluster course4ENVR 45154  
Foreign language course4Cluster course4  
Statistics course4Science course5  
 20 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 3303, 3307, 3308, or 33154Cluster course4Co-op0
 ENVR 52104Elective4 
 Cluster course4  
 Foreign language course4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0ENVS 4997 or ENVR 49001-4  
 Cluster 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 10001ECON 11164Vacation0Vacation0
ENVR 11014ENGW 11114  
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
4ENVR 1112 or 12004  
SOCL 12464PHIL 1180 or 11854  
Foreign language course4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EESC 20001Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
ENVR 11104  Elective4
ENVR 2900 or EEMB 34604   
Foreign language course4   
Science course5   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 45154Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
POLS 2395 or LPSC 23014  Elective4
Cluster course4   
Foreign language course4   
Statistics course4   
 20 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 5210 or 52504Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Cluster course4   
Cluster course4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ENGW 3303, 3307, 3308, or 33154ENVS 4997 or ENVR 49001-4  
Cluster course4Cluster course4  
Cluster course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 13-16  
Total Hours: 132-135

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 10001ECON 11164Vacation0Vacation0
ENVR 11014ENGW 11114  
POLS 1150
and POLS 1151
4ENVR 1112 or 12004  
SOCL 12464PHIL 1180 or 11854  
Foreign language course4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 2900 or EEMB 34604EESC 20001Vacation0Co-op0
POLS 2395 or LPSC 23014ENVR 11104  
Elective4ENVR 45154  
Foreign language course4Cluster course4  
Statistics course4Science course5  
 20 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENVR 5210 or 52504Elective4Co-op0
 Cluster course4Elective4 
 Cluster course4  
 Foreign language course4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 3303, 3307, 3308, or 33154Elective4Co-op0
 Cluster course4Elective4 
 Cluster course4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0ENVS 4997 or ENVR 49001-4  
 Cluster course4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 13-16  
Total Hours: 132-135