Environmental Science

Environmental Science at Clark

Environmental science (ES) is an interdisciplinary major, bringing together the study of the physical, biological, geographical, and policy aspects of the natural environment. If you choose to major in environmental science, you will take courses in all areas of the major, but will choose one of the three tracks below as your primary focus. Environmental Science also offers a minor and an honors program.

Earth Systems Science (ESS) Track
ESS students interested in an accelerated B.A./M.S. degree may pursue the master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy.

Environmental and Conservation Biology (ECB) Track
ECB students interested in an accelerated B.A./M.S. degree may pursue the master’s degree in Biology or in Environmental Science and Policy.

Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) Track
Accelerated B.A./M.A. or B.A./M.S programs are available to ES&P students, as is an M.A. program for incoming graduate students.

Interdisciplinary Faculty

ES faculty come from a wide range of Clark departments. Most are from Biology, Geography,and International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE), but others hail from departments as diverse as Chemistry, Economics, Management, Philosophy, Government and Physics. Many research faculty from Clark's George Perkins Marsh Institute are also contributors to the ES major.

What can you do with an environmental science major?

Environmental Science at Clark provides training if you are interested in pursuing a career in science, government, business, consulting, or education. Clark graduates are working is such wide range of areas as environmental regulations of pollution, water and wetlands conservation, clean technology, hazardous waste cleanup, public health protection, environmental planning, field and laboratory studies of endangered species and conservation planning. Some students pursue graduate work and go on to careers in academia and law degrees.


2013 LEEP Project Pioneers: Environmental Science Majors

Jake KaileyShane D'LimaJake Kailey '14
Major: Environmental Science & Policy
Project Mentor: Tim Downs

Mapping Impacts of Industrial Pollution in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico Jake, along with Shane D'Lima '14 (double major in economics and geography), interned with the Environmental Department of the Municipality of Salamanca in Guanajuato, Mexico and assisted with an ongoing investigation by the Municipality of Salamanca, the State Government of Guanajuato, Universidad de Guanajuato and Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes on the environmental impacts of severe industrial pollution near Salamanca due to pesticide factory Tekchem and Pemex oil refinery. The universities and the municipal and state governments have been studying this pollution for the past six years and Jake and Shane were able to gain valuable insight and contribute to the project.

Nicholas PaganNicholas Pagan '15
Project Mentor: John Baker
Understanding Stream Marcroinvertebrate Communities across a Disturbance Gradient in Athol, Mass. Nick worked with the Mt. Grace Land Trust to continue and expand the first efforts to establish long-term ecological monitoring in the Otter River System. The main focus of the effort was obtaining samples of Macroinvertebrates to assess stream health. The Otter River and four smaller flows in the system were sampled three times over the course of the summer.

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