What will I learn?

Whether you see yourself doing environmental research on rainforests, advocating for better air-quality policies, or working in government, you can explore these interests as an environmental studies major.

You’ll learn to be an interdisciplinary problem-solver, drawing from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of complex environmental issues. Focus your studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy or Urban Environmentalism. You might enhance your studies with service learning for an environmental organization, study abroad in Costa Rica or the Galapagos Islands, or a research project with classmates right here in Boston. You’ll take your science courses in our brand-new building that features state-of-the-art labs and research facilities.

This major requires a practicum—a hands-on learning experience that lets you apply your knowledge to solving real-world environmental challenges. Environmental studies majors have completed theirs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sierra Club, Youth Climate Action Network, and Greenpeace.

After graduation, you can advance your studies in a master’s or doctoral program, or find rewarding work in settings that range from government agencies and think thanks to environmentally focused nonprofits and advocacy and education groups. You might also work in public health and corporate sustainability.

Learning Objectives

Assess the ethics of a proposed study

Conduct an experiment following standard protocols

Recognize the importance of safety protocols

Collect data via quantitative and qualitative observations and measurements

Interpret the results of an experiment

Evaluate primary literature

Interpret visual representations of data

Summarize the discoveries of scientific research

Orally present findings to others in formal and informal settings

Construct a written document in a scientific style including proper citation of sources

Prepare visual representations of data

Access and utilize scientific databases

Conduct an experiment or gather data as part of a group
Participate in group discussions
Record protocols and observations
Provide constructive feedback to group members
Accept feedback from group members

Describe the historical context of environmental decisions
Describe the societal and cultural context of environmental decisions
Describe the political context of environmental decisions
Describe the ethical context of decisions about the environment
Demonstrate an understanding of the process of establishing environmental regulations in the US and globally
Analyze how poverty, social injustice, and inequity impact environmental decision making

Identify the chemical structures and physical characteristics of the molecules of biotic and abiotic components of the environment
Write and use material balances
Apply a systems approach to the analysis of urban, suburban, and rural areas
Identify the major environmental impacts of human activity
Understand and describe technical solutions to environmental problems

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (126 credits)

Tuition fees
US$41,242.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 September 2020, 19 January 2021

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

73 Tremont Street,

BOSTON,

Massachusetts,

02108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have high school qualification.

For international students

Students must have final high school transcript.

English language requirements

TOEFL or IELTS score (TOEFL minimum is a 79, IELTS a 6.5)

PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 54

Application deadline for fall is February 15 and spring is December 1.

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About this uni

Located in the heart of Boston, Suffolk offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 areas of study.

  • Main urban campus in bustling Boston area
  • Large international student community
  • Industry connections and internship opportunities
  • Outstanding graduate outcomes