The Program

The major in Earth & Environmental Sciences engages students in the study of the Earth and its habitable environments with a 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 a broad foundational understanding of concepts and research techniques in the physical, life, and interdisciplinary natural sciences that inform society about the physical world and environment in which we live.

Each student, in consultation with an advisor, chooses a focus for in-depth coursework in one of three areas: Ecosystems, Earth and Climate, and Earth Observations. All levels of the curriculum emphasize analysis of data for critical evaluation of scientific arguments related to the study of Earth and environmental systems.

Students majoring in Earth & Environment take advantage of special opportunities that include BU’s Earth House living-learning community, as well as studies abroad in Australia, Denmark, and Italy, among others; qualified students may conduct mentored research toward Honors in the Major.

The BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences prepares students for graduate study, including the Department’s MA in Energy & Environment, MA in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, and PhD in Earth & Environment, in the field, or for entry-level employment in a variety of professions including environmental consulting, ecosystem management, private sector industry, governmental and private scientific agencies, science journalism, and environmental law.