Undergraduate Programs

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The School for the Environment's undergraduate programs highlight the interdisciplinary study of the environment. These programs introduce students to skills and knowledge from the natural and social sciences as well as humanities necessary to solve our most pressing environmental problems. As environmental systems of all types become increasingly impacted by both natural and human stresses, interdisciplinary approaches become crucial for understanding the inherent complexities of these systems and to the development and implementation of sustainable solutions.

The School for the Environment offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in environmental science; minors in clean energy and sustainability, environmental science, and geospatial analysis and modeling for the environment; specialized non-degree certificates in geographic information science and clean energy & sustainability. Course offerings reflect faculty expertise natural sciences (ecology, marine biology, geology, physics, and chemistry), the social sciences (policy, management, governance,business, and law) and humanities (history, literature, anthropology).

Alumni of our undergraduate programs obtain employment in their field or enter graduate/professional school within 3 months of degree completion. Our placement rate and success is due to our strong collaborative network of internship hosts and program alumni from the National Park Service to the Environmental Protection Agency to NewFields, Inc. and Battelle Memorial Institute.

Each year the school graduates the largest class of bachelor's level environmental scientists in New England. As the top program in the field in the region and one of the top in the nation we pride ourselves on the excellence of our students, our dynamic and inspirational faculty, and our commitment to student success which is evidenced by our retention rates and graduate rates which exceed national levels and are among the highest regionally of any institution, public or private.

In addition to providing students with significant hands-on experiences in solving real environmental problems the school offers our students unique and enriching international study in the Azores, southern Spain, and Haiti through formal and informal activities. Our alternative spring break program in Haiti is just one hallmark program. The undergraduate experience in the school is one of enriching and rewarding service learning, applying knowledge from the classroom to solve real problems both at home and abroad, set in a challenging and rich academic setting.

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