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A Blue Hills reservation Sign represents the Environmental Science major

B.S. in Environmental Science

If you are looking to make a difference in the world we live in, then earning a degree in Environmental Science is for you. Environmental science students go on to pursue careers that help tackle the tough issues facing our planet including climate change, sustainability, natural resource management and conservation.

Related News: Curry College Launches New Environmental Science Program for Fall 2021

Learn Beyond the Classroom

Research - Spend 1-2 semesters doing independent research on topics that could include biodiversity monitoring, wetland restoration, environmental engineering, landscaping, and suburban planning.

Field Experience - Study in nearby urban, suburban and semi-rural environments, including the Blue Hills Reservation, a 7,000-acre reservation of forest and wetland.

Internships - Gain hands-on experience and understand the real-world application of your degree with potential internships at a nearby park or reservation, watershed association, wildlife foundation, or in the environmental arm of a government agency, private company or nonprofit.

State-Of-The-Art Science and Research Center - The 36,500 square foot facility features state-of-the-art science labs and the latest laboratory technology and data analysis equipment.

Courses You’ll Love

  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Field Ecology
  • Environmental Economics
  • Climate Justice
  • Evolution & Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Animal Behavior

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The Path to Your Dream Career

Environmental science majors will be ready to start careers in a growing field or continue onto graduate studies. In the next decade, environmental and climate science jobs are anticipated to grow throughout the Northeast by roughly 20 percent. National data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows growing job opportunities for environmental scientists, researchers, and specialists.

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Environmental Planner
  • Research Associate
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Alternative Energy Manager
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Environmental Engineering Technician

Prerequisites:

BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms (includes lab) 4
BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells
(includes lab)
4
8


Core Requirements:

BIOL 2300 Field Ecology (includes Lab) 4
BUS 2170 Environmental Economics 3
CHEM 2030/2130 Analytical Chemistry (includes Lab) 4
CHEM 2510/2610 Organic Chemistry I (includes Lab) 4
ENVS 2215 Environmental Science (includes Lab) 4
ENVS 2300 Geospatial Analysis 3
ENVS 3120 Advanced Environmental Science 3
ENVS 3900 Junior and Senior Seminar 2
ENVS 2900 Independent Research in
Environmental Science
1
OR
ENVS 4010 Independent Research in
Environmental Studies
1
SOC/CJ 2505 Environmental Law, Crime & Justice 3
SOC 2090 Climate Justice 3
37


Electives (Choose a minimum of 16 credits from the following list):

BIOL 2040/2140 Microbiology (includes Lab) 4
BIOL 2050 Animal Behavior 3
BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes Lab) 4
BIOL 2300 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Lab) 4
BIOL 3120 Evolution & Genomics 3
CHEM 2520/2650 Organic Chemistry II (includes Lab) 4
CHEM 3570/3670 Biochemistry I (includes Lab) 4
ENVS 2900 Independent Research in
Environmental Science
1
OR
ENVS 4010 Independent Research in
Environmental Studies
1
MATH 3200 Mathematical Modeling 3
PRS 2410 Environmental Ethics 3
16


Requirements in Related Areas:

CHEM 1010/1110 Introductory Chemistry I (includes Lab) 4
CHEM 1020/1120 Introductory Chemistry II (includes Lab) 4
PHYS 2010 Introductory Physics I (includes Lab) 4
PHYS 2020 Introductory Physics II (includes Lab) 4
MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
MATH 2150 Statistics II 3
MATH 1190 College Algebra 3
OR
MATH 2130 Calculus I 3
25

To qualify for honors in Curry science-related majors, the following criteria must be met:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA overall + 3.5 GPA in major
  • Complete application
  • Complete the Science Communications course with B+ or better
  • Complete Independent Research course with B+ or better
  • Complete Honors Research + Senior Honors Thesis (4 cr) with a B+ or better.

Upon successful completion of the Environmental Science major, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of foundational knowledge in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences pertaining to Earth’s systems and how they function.
  2. Apply the scientific process by undertaking independent research on environmental issues using appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  3. Articulate the complex nexus between humans and their environment, applying knowledge from disciplines such as history, economics, psychology, the arts, law, literature, politics, sociology, philosophy, and religious studies.
  4. Effectively communicate environmental science in multiple forms, including written, oral, and visual, to diverse audiences (i.e. general public, policymakers, scientists).
  5. Articulate their individual values relative to sustainability and incorporate the perspectives of diverse cultures on a local to global scale.
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