The Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences programs are designed to help students develop an in-depth understanding of the processes that affect the earth’s surface and that have the greatest impacts on society.

Graduates of such programs contribute to the solution of environmental problems such as soil or groundwater contamination, flooding, slope stability, shore erosion related to changing land use, and coping with the impact of sea-level rise or changing weather patterns related to global warming. Commonly, environmental professionals are expected to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team containing scientists, engineers, and professionals who can evaluate the legal, economic, political and social ramifications of complex environmental problems. Northeastern’s emphasis on experiential, off-campus learning in addition to classroom learning helps our students to become well-grounded in their field of study and to work effectively with others to study and address real problems, as part of their undergraduate program.

Graduate Degrees

The PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology will train independent scientists whose research addresses fundamental and applied questions at local, regional, national, and global scales.

The Master of Science in Marine Biology emphasizes close interaction between graduate students and faculty members in developing the intellectual and experimental skills required for creative, independent research.

Undergraduate Majors

Environmental Science
The bachelor of science in environmental science is organized for students who want to acquire the scientific background to help solve environmental problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Marine Biology
The marine biology major is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in biology along a range of elective coursework in marine related areas.

Environmental Studies
The bachelor of arts in environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program, drawing from 12 departments, designed to provide a flexible platform for students whose primary interest is in the area of environmental policy.

Combined Majors
Combined majors are available for students who prefer an interdisciplinary approach.

Undergraduate Minors

For information on the minor program requirements, contact Ann Grenell at 617.373.4475.

The geology minor focuses on the history and development of the earth.

Environmental Geology
The environmental geology minor provides an understanding of earth surface processes, such as rivers and flooding, groundwater and water supply, landform development, coastline evolution and geological hazards.

Environmental Studies
Students may choose to pursue a minor in environmental studies by completing a blend of science, social science, and interdisciplinary courses.

Marine Studies
The marine studies minor is designed to provide a structured program on the Boston campus for students with an interest in the marine environment.