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BA in Earth and Environmental Sciences Boston University



Course info


The major in Earth & Environmental Sciences engages students in the study of the Earth and its habitable environments with a focus on the key natural and physical processes that shape our planet, from the geologic past to the present, and into the future. Students gain a broad foundational understanding of concepts and research techniques in the physical, life, and interdisciplinary natural sciences that inform society about the physical world and environment in which we live. Each student, in consultation with his or her advisor, chooses a focus for in-depth coursework in one of three areas: Ecosystems, Earth & Climate, and Earth Observations. All levels of the curriculum emphasize analysis of data for critical evaluation of scientific arguments related to the study of Earth and environmental systems.

Students majoring in Earth & Environmental Sciences at Boston University can take advantage of special opportunities that include BU’s Earth House living-learning community, as well as study abroad programs in Copenhagen, Ecuador, Italy, New Zealand, Washington, D.C., and Antarctica; qualified students may conduct mentored research toward Honors in the Major. The BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences prepares students for graduate study in the field or for entry-level employment in a variety of professions including environmental consulting, ecosystem management, private sector industry, governmental and private scientific agencies, science journalism, and environmental law.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and specific topics in environmental science, Earth and climate science, and Earth observations that inform the study of planet Earth.
Understand the application, and limits, of problem-solving tools from the Earth and environmental sciences to represent, organize, and assess information.
Identify and quantitatively analyze data in order to critically evaluate scientific arguments related to the study of Earth and environmental systems.
Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, using languages from environmental science, Earth and climate science, and Earth observations to express ideas and their importance.
Solve complex problems in Earth and environmental sciences that require the application of scientific concepts and laboratory techniques from a combination of Earth and climate science, environmental science, and Earth observation.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BA in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Full Time (Minimum of 128 credits)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


21 Jan, 02 Sep


College of Arts and Sciences

725 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Apply as a first-year student if you are currently in your last year of high school, have completed high school, are a GED recipient, or have completed a high school equivalency exam.

English Proficiency Testing Results:

Students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite score of at least 90-100 and minimum scores of 20 in each section.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - A total/overall score of 7 or higher will also satisfy BU’s English Language proficiency requirement for all programs.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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