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. Turn your passion into a career in biology, geology, oceanography, and more.

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.

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.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Earth and Environmental Science program:
$46,566
Average salary for earth and environmental science professionals
With job openings expected 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.
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Job opportunities for earth and environmental studies majors are projected to increase by over eight 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:

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance 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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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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