Hello prospective Marine and Environmental Sciences students!

Thank you for your interest in our programs at Northeastern University — we really look forward to having you join us some day! As you explore our website, you will see that we’re distinctive in several important ways, offering regional and international co-op and research opportunities, the latest scholarly ideas, and cutting-edge technical skills to prepare you for graduate school and professional excellence. If you’d like to learn more, please plan a campus visit, read about the admissions process, or contact the department to discuss your plans for college. Email us in advance to arrange a meeting with a student assistant and/or the opportunity to sit in on a class. We invite you to explore the links below to learn more about our academic community.

Explore Your Options

We have many different undergraduate programs in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences designed to develop your intellect and inspire curiosity.

Find Diverse Opportunities

Janine, a Marine Biology major, checks an item off of her bucket list during her trip to Panama with the Three Seas Program.

This video highlights the Iceland Geology Field Study 2015, which was part of the summer Dialogue of Civilizations program. Open to Northeastern University students of any major, the Dialogue is a series of “global student exchanges” between students at Northeastern University and students around the world.

Associate Professor Jon Grabowski explains some valuation techniques used to research the economic effect of fisheries on coastal communities and beyond.

Professor Brian Helmuth discusses climate change research at the Marine Science Center.

An excellent overview of the Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative.

Preserving our oceans is one of the greatest challenges facing humankind today. Fortunately, Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) has come to Northeastern’s Marine Science Center to advance its mission of sustaining the biological diversity of the sea.

What does Northeastern University mean to you? Environmental Science major Monika knows that it’s all about the environment! Warning: some audiences may find this video to be very silly.

Hear from Dylan about her experiences in the Environmental Studies program and on co-op at a nonprofit!

Hear from Kristen about her experiences in the Environmental Science program and her local co-op.

Ethan, an Environmental Science major, talks about what sets Northeastern apart from other universities and how early in his time here he was able to work in a lab.

Alyssa, an Environmental Studies major, briefly describes her Iceland experience.

Professor Rebeca Rosengaus encourages undergraduates to get into a lab early in their studies.

Real World Experience

Northeastern is a world leader in cooperative education (“co-op”), the university’s signature experiential learning program. The following presentation by Sarah Klionsky, our department’s co-op coordinator, gives an overview as to what co-op is about.

Cutting Edge Inquiry

More than half of the world’s population lives by the coast, with a growing fraction in cities. Coastal cities contribute half of global GDP, and more than two-thirds of the world’s megacities are on the coast. Challenges include climate change and sea-level rise, collapsing fisheries, the spread of invasive species, the loss of biodiversity, increased coastal pollution and port security.

As a result, one of the College of Science’s initiatives is Urban Coastal Sustainability. Read more about it here.

Look Around

Would you like to take a virtual tour of our Marine Science Center in Nahant? CLICK HERE.

Get to Know Us

Our faculty members are delighted to be welcoming you to our campus this fall, and look forward to getting to know you. Learn more about them by viewing their profiles.

Students in our program excel in a variety of ways and are often featured in our news stories.

Get Involved

Have you thought about joining a club? The TERRA Society is one of the most active student groups on campus.

Find out More

If you would like to ask us any questions about our program, please contact Danielle Lynch at dw.lynch@northeastern.edu.