Science & Mathematics

Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Explore human impact on our planet.

Concerned about our planet? Wondering what role you can play in creating a sustainable future? As an Environmental Studies major, you’ll use multiple approaches to understand the complex interaction between humans and the environment.

Develop a broad and deep understanding of our dependencies on the natural world, and the pressing environmental challenges facing us and future generations. Investigate creative solutions to environmental problems. Learn how to connect research concepts to issues of social concern, such as global warming. You’ll gain the professional skills for a future in law, policy, education, business and more.

Gain a firsthand appreciation for the natural world and the systems that support it. Develop an understanding of the complexity of human-environment interactions, and of our dependency on the earth in the rapidly changing 21st century.

You’ll also examine the social-justice aspects of environmental problems such as air and water pollution. Learn how the government works, how to lobby for change, and how to organize grassroots efforts. Take action and build support for laws that protect fragile ecosystems and vulnerable populations.

Master the research and critical thinking skills that are in high demand today. Learn to examine issues through the lenses of social sciences, humanities, policy, business management, psychology, health, fine arts, and more. Internships throughout Greater Boston prepare you for a career in new and evolving fields, such as environmental education, policy, law, journalism, and nonprofit work. And as a result of being required to pair the Environmental Studies major with a related double major or minor, you'll strengthen your ability to apply an environmental perspective to any career path you choose.

 

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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 Environmental Studies program:
$71,769
Average salary for environmental studies professionals in New England.
With a wide range of career options and average salaries of over $70,000 per year, graduates from environmental studies programs enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From teaching and research to policy making and environmental program administration, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of industries. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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Jobs You Could Have
Some of the most common job titles for someone with an environmental studies degree include:
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Where You Could Work
Graduates of 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.
Environmental Studies
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
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • 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
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
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • 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
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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