BA in Environmental Science

The major in Environmental Science engages students in the study of the Earth and its habitable environments, with 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 knowledge of fundamental concepts in the physical, life, and interdisciplinary natural sciences that inform society about the environment in which we live. The BA in Environmental Science prepares students for graduate study in the field or for entry into professions such as environmental law, environmental consulting, and resource management.

Requirements

The major in Environmental Science requires the completion of 16 courses with the grade of C or higher, as approved by the student’s advisor. Those 16 courses comprise seven required principal courses, five required related math and science courses, and four approved elective courses.

Principal Courses

These seven required courses provide disciplinary foundations in biology, earth sciences, and geography relevant to interdisciplinary study in environmental science. Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours.

Biology

  • CAS BI 107
  • CAS BI 306

Earth Sciences

  • CAS ES 105
  • CAS ES 317

Geography

  • CAS GE 100
  • CAS GE 310
  • CAS GE 375

Required Related Courses

Five related math and science courses are required:

  • CAS MA 123 and MA 124 (or MA 127 or MA 129)
  • CAS CH 171 and CH 172 (or approved equivalent)
  • And one of the following three:
    • CAS PY 211
    • CAS PY 241
    • CAS PY 251

Environmental science majors are strongly encouraged to take CAS EC 101. As appropriate to their goals and in consultation with their advisor, students majoring in environmental science are also encouraged to take additional math and science courses including:

  • CAS PY 212 (or PY 242 or PY 252)
  • CAS CH 273
  • CAS MA 213
  • CAS MA 225
  • CAS MA 226

Electives

Four courses are selected by the student in collaboration with the advisor from the following list. Students may also petition to fulfill this requirement through the Boston University Marine Program. No more than two electives can be “Techniques” courses.

Biology

  • CAS BI 305
  • CAS BI 407
  • CAS BI 414
  • CAS BI 417
  • CAS BI 423
  • CAS BI/ES 443
  • CAS BI 448
  • CAS BI/GE 475
  • CAS BI 486
  • CAS BI 508
  • CAS GE/BI 525
  • CAS GE 585

Earth Sciences

  • CAS ES 331
  • CAS ES 333
  • CAS ES 351
  • CAS ES 371
  • CAS BI/ES 423
  • CAS ES 440
  • CAS BI/ES 443
  • CAS ES 483
  • CAS ES 533
  • CAS ES 534

Geography

  • CAS GE/BI 307
  • CAS GE 503
  • CAS GE 504
  • CAS GE 507
  • CAS GE 510
  • CAS GE 514
  • CAS GE/ES 517
  • CAS GE/BI 525
  • CAS GE 599

Techniques in Environmental Analysis

  • CAS GE 302
  • CAS GE 365
  • CAS GE 440
  • CAS GE 448
  • CAS GE 501
  • CASGE 502
  • CAS GE 505
  • CAS GE 516
  • CAS GE 550
  • CAS ES 573

Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program

Students may choose to fulfill all four electives with:

  • CAS BI/GE 438
  • CAS BI/GE 439
  • CAS BI/GE 440
  • And CAS BI/GE 441