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Environmental Science, BA

Preparing environmental policy and management professionals, our nationally recognized BA in Environmental Science program integrates policy, management, and law with the natural sciences. Students gain practical experiences at the intersection of science and policy through coursework and real-world problem solving in our senior capstone course, internships, research, and cooperative education programs. Majors may focus their studies on policy and management (Policy and Management Track), policy-earth systems (Earth and Hydrologic Science Track), and policy-marine systems (Marine Science Track).

Students interested in a career in the sciences or pursuing a graduate degree in the sciences should pursue a BS in environmental science.

What You Can Do with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science

BA Environmental Science alumni leverage their deep understanding of the environmental policy-science interface to support the development and implementation of policies, regulations, and laws that conserve and protect our natural world while ensuring sustainable use of natural resources. Alumni are employed by government agencies as policy analysts and data scientists, in state and federal legislatures as legal analysts, in private business as regulatory specialists, and in nonprofits as environmental policy advocates, and organizations, businesses, and nonprofits. Alumni are also well positioned for graduate studies and professional studies such as law school.

What You Can Take

General Track
Policy and Management Track
Earth and Hydrologic Sciences Track
Marine Science Track

What You Will Learn

After completing your requirements in the BA in environmental science you will have a firm grounding in how science shapes environmental policy and management. You will have critical thinking skills necessary to inform environmental decision-making, how to communicate complexity and shape policy, and how to advance new management strategies in support of a sustainable future.

Program Contact

For more information contact our undergraduate programs coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Boyle (; 1.617.287.4756)

Current and Prospective Students should also visit AASC@SFE to learn more about our Student Success programs, internships, research opportunities, and more.

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