Ready to change the world?

You'll address today's growing environmental concerns with innovative strategies — like improved conservation, sustainable development and the restoration of natural resources — and develop a comprehensive understanding of environmental functions.

Our campus culture is focused around green initiatives. Take our School of Management building for example. It earned Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. And it uses 34% less water and 38% less energy than similar buildings of the same size.

This minor or specialization allows students to study a broad range of sub-fields. You'll learn how to approach the world's problems from many angles and find green solutions.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (8 credits):

  • ENVI 201 Environmental Forum (2 credits taken two times)
  • PHIL 139 Environmental Ethics

Electives (12 credits)

Students take at least one course from each group in consultation with faculty.

Scientific Issues

  • BIOL 104* Introduction to Environmental Science
  • BIOL 243 Environmental Sustainability
  • BIOL 245 Ecology
  • CHEM 227/HON 308* Sustainability, Energy, and Climate Change

Economic and Political Issues

  • ECON 247 Environmental Economics
  • ECON 145* Economics of Natural Resource Use and Sustainability
  • POLS 217 American Public Policy (M5)*
  • ECON 235/HON 335 From Farm to Table – Political Economy of Food Systems (M5)

Social Issues

  • MGMT 229* People, Planet, Profit – Managing Corporate Responsibility
  • HIST 205* Global Environmental History (M5)
  • MGMT 224* Socially Minded Leadership (M6)
  • MGMT 348* The Sustainable Supply Chain
  • SOCI 220* Working for Social Justice (M6)
  • SOCI 222* Organizing for Social Justice
  • SOCI 321 Sociology of Food
  • SOCI 245 Global Health
  • SOCI 249 Inequalities

*Indicates courses that do not require prerequisites

Internships and Research

Our students put theory into practice through on-site research, off-site research and internships.

On-site research: Faculty members mentor students in our own laboratories. You'll work with faculty members whose research piques your interest.

Off-site research: Students also explore clinical, applied, or basic research at one of the many laboratories available in the Simmons neighborhood.

Internships: Supervised learning experiences provide opportunities for career exploration within a context of critical thinking. Boston is at the forefront of green innovation, and your internship will help you develop skills, build your resume, and establish contacts in the field. 

    Rich Gurney
    • Rich Gurney
    • Professor of Chemistry
    • Phone: 617-521-2729
    • Office: S441
    Michael Berger
    • Michael Berger
    • Professor, Chemistry & Physics
    • Phone: 617-521-2722
    • Office: S442
    Nancy Lee
    • Nancy Lee
    • Associate Professor of Chemistry & Physics
    • Phone: 617-521-2732
    • Office: S440
    Jennifer Canfield
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How to Apply
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