Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate education in the Department of Earth & Environment deepens the student’s scientific understanding of the Earth’s systems and empowers students to improve the stewardship of the planet’s natural resources. Through education in the classroom and the field, participation in faculty research, and the development of practical solutions, our curriculum enhances the student’s understanding of the Earth’s physical and biological systems and how humans interact with those systems. Our degree programs cover the important science and policy issues of the day and are supported by a world-renowned faculty and advanced research facilities. The department has unusual strengths in integrating across disciplines, providing students with a broad spectrum of coursework and opportunities for collaborative research.

Students can choose from a diverse suite of majors: earth sciences, environmental analysis & policy, environmental science, and geophysics & planetary sciences. Many of our students also take advantage of a semester-long international program in tropical ecology, the Marine Semester that offers intensive, research-oriented courses in a unique block format, or the Washington Internship Program that offers a semester of study and work in the political and media center of the United States.

Many opportunities exist for undergraduate research relating to one or more of the four major research and graduate program areas:

  1. Biogeosciences & Climate
  2. Energy, Environment & Society
  3. Geology, Geochemistry & Geophysics
  4. Geographical Sciences

Our faculty also participate in the interdepartmental undergraduate program in Marine Science.

Our undergraduates have active student groups: check out the BU Geological Society and the Environmental Student Organization.

For more information, contact:

  • Sayaka Yamaki, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
    CAS 131C, 685 Commonwealth Avenue
    Phone: 617-358-0499; email: syamaki@bu.edu