Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 120
Entry Terms Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


Develop Solutions to Environmental Issues

With a growing number of companies, agencies, and organizations focusing on environmental issues, career opportunities for environmental studies graduates are at an all time high. To prepare you for a career in this burgeoning field, Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies offers the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program 

Through its interdisciplinary approach, this comprehensive BS program equips you to investigate and develop solutions to environmental problems. 

The carefully composed undergraduate curriculum includes courses in environmental science and geographic information systems, coupled with a strong foundation in basic science.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for environmental careers is very favorable and expected to grow at a rate that is much faster than the average for all occupations. This especially holds true for those seeking positions with the State or local government.

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Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

General Foundation Courses (21 s.h.)

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106 Lab for ENG 1105 1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2 3 s.h.
ENG 1108 Lab for ENG 1107 1 s.h.
ENG 3105 Writing for the Professions-Science & Engineering 3 s.h.
ENG 3106 Lab for ENG 3105 1 s.h.
EI Core  Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation 3 s.h.
IC Core  Interpreting Culture 3 s.h.
SI Core  Understanding Societies and Institutions 3 s.h.

Foundation Courses (28 s.h.)

MTH 1100 College Algebra 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ITC 1000
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
PHL 2140 Ethical Issues in Science & Engineering 3 s.h.
BIO 1100 Principles of Biology 1 3 s.h.
BIO 1101 Lab for BIO 1100 1 s.h.
BIO 1200 Principles of Biology 2 3 s.h.
BIO 1201 Lab for BIO 1200 1 s.h.
CHM 1100 General Chemistry 1 3 s.h.
CHM 1101 Lab for CHM 1100 1 s.h.
CHM 1200 General Chemistry 2 3 s.h.
CHM 1201 Lab for CHM 1200 1 s.h.

Major Required Courses (42 s.h.)

ESC 1100 The Geosphere: Physical and Historical Geology 3 s.h.
ESC 1150 The Atmosphere 3 s.h.
ESC 1200 The Hydrosphere: Oceanography Ground and Surface Water 3 s.h.
ESC 1250 The Environment & Society 3 s.h.
ESC 2100 Planetary Science 3 s.h.
ESC 2200 Natural Disasters: Evaluating Risk, Minimizing Loss 3 s.h.
ESC 3100 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems 3 s.h.
ESC 3200 Wetlands Ecosystems 3 s.h.
ESC 3210 Air, Water, and Life: Pollution 3 s.h.
ESC 3220 Water on and under Ground: Geochemistry and Hydrology 3 s.h.
ESC 3230 Soils and Sustainability 3 s.h.
ESC 3240 Energy: Sources and Issues 3 s.h.
ESC 3250 Urban Ecology 3 s.h.
ESC 4850 Environmental Assessment and Remediation (capstone) 3 s.h.


Open electives to reach minimum credit requirements for the degree


Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $62,280.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This program is well suited for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the environmental field.

Careers to consider include:

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Forestry or conservation scientist
  • Biological scientist

Graduates may also wish to consider jobs in agriculture, fishing industries, as well as in construction trades.   

Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Define and explain the methodologies, mechanisms of specific processes, and major theoretical perspectives of earth science disciplines, using its tools, technologies, and specialized terms.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Define and frame an environmental issue significant in a wider social context and explain how methods from Environmental Sciences and other core fields of study can be used to address the problem.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Evaluate an existing impact statement and proposed plan for remediation, or develop a proposal for a new use or adaptive re-use of an existing site which identifies potential stakeholder concerns and how they might be resolved.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Explain diverse positions, including those representing different cultural, economic, and geographic interests, on a contested environmental global phenomena, and evaluate the issue in light of both those interests and evidence drawn from the public and scholarship.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Transfer learning to new, real-world, complex situations in environmental sciences to solve an environmental issue in the community: local, national, or global.

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    Jul 10, 2017 (4-, 6-, and 8-week classes)
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    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
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