BA in Environmental Earth Sciences

The Environmental Earth Sciences major is intended to provide the student with vocational tools for employment in the environmental industry or an adequate scientific background for further study in areas such as environmental policy, teaching, and government.

Requirements

The major in Environmental Earth Sciences requires the completion of 15 courses approved by the department with a grade of C or better. In addition, a summer field course is strongly recommended.

Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours.

Required Environmental Earth Sciences Courses

  • CAS ES 101 or 105 or 140 or 142 or 144 or GE 104
  • CAS ES 302 or 351
  • CAS ES 220
  • CAS 317
  • at least one course from the following: CAS ES 222, 301, 333, 360, or whichever of 302 or 351 is not taken above

In addition, students must take at least four courses from the list below, with at least one course in each group:

  • glacial/hydrology (CAS GE 347, CAS ES 411, 511, 534)
  • surface processes/marine earth science (CAS ES 331, 333, 440, 452, 541, 533)
  • geochemistry (CAS ES 371, 423, 571, 573, 576)

Required Related Courses

  • CAS MA 123 & 124; or MA 127 or MA 129
  • CAS CH 101 & 102 or CH 111 & 112
  • CAS PY 211 & 212 or PY 251 & 252

Cooperative Program (Cross-Registration) with Boston College

The Boston Area Consortium permits degree candidates at Boston University to pursue courses in areas of fluid mechanics and geophysics at Boston College. Cross-registration is designated by the symbols XAS (for undergraduate students) and XRG (for graduate students).

Cross-registration information can be found at the Office of the University Registrar’s Boston Area Consortia webpage.