Undergraduate Track in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P)
The ES&P undergraduate track in the Environmental Science major prepares you to deal with the complexities of environmental issues in society. The program provides you with an in-depth understanding of how human activity is impacting the natural environment and provides scientific, social science, and policy perspectives on how these impacts can be managed and mitigated. The strong emphasis on the natural sciences ensures students understand the technical as well as the social aspects of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
Students completing the ES&P undergraduate program will have:
- a solid foundation in the natural sciences,
- knowledge of how science is used in policy making,
- both quantitative and qualitative analysis skills,
- an understanding of how public policies impact the environment,
- an understanding of how technological development has contributed to both the cause of, and the solution to, many environmental problems.
Research provides a valuable opportunity to explore a major issue in depth, often working side by side with a faculty member and graduate students. Recent research projects range from "Nutrient Loading of Patches Reservoir" to "Lifestyle, Culture and Environmental Hazards" and "The Effect of Forest Management on Biodiversity in the Adirondacks." Read a more detailed list
Internships broaden ES&P students' perspective and knowledge while they work with governmental or nonprofit organizations on important environmental issues. A combination of work experience and research in their field proves invaluable when students enter the job market. Recently, ES&P students have had internships with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, University of Massachusetts Field Station on Integrated pest management, Blackstone River Watershed Association, GZA Environmental Engineering Consulting Firm, Mass Electric Company, Texas Instruments, WasteCap of Massachusetts, Sepracor Pharmaceuticals, and Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES). Read more about students' internships
Environmental Science and Policy graduates have had little trouble finding jobs upon graduation. Their careers have been diverse. Some, like Maatsi Angwafo (US Department of Energy) or Emily Shusas (New York State Department of Environmental Protection) work for government agencies or, like Stephanie Oleksyk (Woodshole National Laboratory), become researchers. Some, like Jared Markham (Weston Engineering) pursue careers in consulting or, like Danny Kalin and Mark Miller (Bose Corporation, Texas Instruments) choose corporate careers in the environmental and sustainability tracks. Others, like Adam Weinberg (Boston Seafarms), become enterpreneurs. Some ES&P graduates pursue Master’s degrees or doctoral degrees, like Jamie Salo (Ph.D. in economic geography at Oxford) or Laura Brentner (Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of Iowa). If you are interested in environmental careers, check out www.eco.org, a great source of information about career paths and trends in the job market. The ES&P program pays close attention to these trends, keeping up-to-date to meet the needs of graduates and their future employers.
Advising Sheet for ES&P
Use this form to plan your course of study and also to keep track of your progress towards completing the major requirements. ES&P Advising Sheet (PDF) (updated September 2016)