Science & Mathematics

Earth & Environmental Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Discover the science behind Earth’s diverse ecosystems.

You have passion for science, a deep connection to the environment, and an insatiable curiosity about the world around you. As you grow into a career as an environmental educator, marine biologist, pharmaceutical researcher, brain researcher, or more, you'll blaze a trail as an innovator and creative thinker.

Laboratory work in biology and chemistry, along with courses in earth science, geology, physics, and calculus, will give you a foundation in scientific methods and practices. And you’ll work alongside professors who are experts in climate change.

Gain a deep understanding of nature, the history of life and humanity, and the complexities of human-environment interactions. Learn how human activity affects our soil, air, water, as well as plant and animal life. You’ll examine the ways in which these systems rely on each other, and how our health is connected to the planet’s health.

Test out what you’re learning in the classroom through directly observing nature. Take advantage of Lesley’s location to research urban and coastal ecosystems. Our experiential teaching methods ensure you're not just memorizing facts and equations, but also seeing how concepts relate to real life. You’ll develop a sense of social responsibility with regard to scientific pursuits and work with local communities to engage citizens and increase your understanding of environmental issues.

You'll make the connections that will launch your career with hands on experiences during your internships. With experience in places like the Museum of Science, Boston Financial, New England Aquarium, Boston Consulting Group, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and many more, you'll graduate ready to succeed.

Our program has three tracks: biology and earth science, education, and environmental health. You can follow a track that prepares you to conduct research, teach, or become an advocate. Whatever you choose, you’ll be ready to pursue a range of careers or graduate study.

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Mount Auburn Cemetery Collaboration

This biodiversity study contributes to the growing knowledge of how humans and urban ecosystems interact with each other. "With 80 percent of the world’s population currently living in urban areas, places like Mt. Auburn allow us to learn more about sustaining a healthy ecosystem for both people and wildlife,” says professor Dave Morimoto.

Craft Creative Combinations
As an Earth and Environmental Science major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Earth and Environmental Science program:
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students and the hands-on attention from specialized faculty. In our mathematics and science programs, you'll build your critical thinking, observational, and analytical skills to help solve the world's complex problems.

$46,566
Average salary for earth and environmental science professionals in New England.
With job openings projected to increase by nine percent over the next ten years, and average salaries of over $45,000 per year, graduates from earth and environmental science programs enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From environmental research and advocacy to field work and beyond, the program will prepare you for jobs across a range of industries. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Job opportunities for earth and environmental studies majors are projected to increase by nine percent in the next ten years. Common job titles include:
Careers
Where You Could Work
Graduates of earth and environmental studies programs pursue a wide range of careers across a variety of industries, including:
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Whether you're pursuing biology, environmental studies, or another science or math major, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. Work alongside faculty researchers in our state-of-the-art science lab and benefit from being in innovative Cambridge, the home to 200+ companies and incubator labs that are studying life sciences and clean energy. Discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of internships, professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program.
Earth & Environmental Science
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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