The Environmental Studies major is designed to deliver a foundation in the theories and practices of science superimposed on a sound liberal arts education. With courses in fieldwork, environmental science, environmental politics, law and health, the Environmental Studies curriculum will provide the student with an education that develops the skills necessary to work in the environmental field as well as to pursue graduate school. The location of our campus will allow for a unique study of the land, marshes, streams and ocean of the North Shore area of Boston. In the classroom, students will learn to use the principles and theories of science to solve problems. They will develop an understanding of the complicated balance between environmental issues, politics, and the welfare of the community. They will learn to maintain and monitor laboratory instruments. They will also develop data collection and analysis skills. Students will be required to extensively use computers and computer-interfaced equipment. The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree will lead students to develop an understanding of the sciences and the role they play in the world today.
The integration of liberal learning with practical experience through the internship program is pivotal to the success and education of our students. Through the internships, students apply the knowledge gained in their courses to a wide range of internship and employment opportunities including field sampling and laboratory work, pollution monitoring and water quality testing within government agencies, public relations, and engineering and architectural services. Internships in science are vast and include: environmental protection agencies, national and state parks, quality control laboratories, public relation firms and relevant Federal, State or local government agencies. Supervised field experience has given our students significant advantages when applying for jobs and graduate school.
Examples of internships include:
Appalachian Mountain club
Environmental analyst firms
Trust for Public Land
Environmental law firms
Environmental Protection Agency
Museum of Science
National fish and wildlife agencies
New England Aquarium
Trustees of Reservations