Environmental Science

Environmental Science at Clark

Environmental Science (ES) is an interdisciplinary major that spans the physical, biological, geographical, and management and policy aspects of the natural environment. Students majoring in environmental science will take courses in all areas of the major, but will choose one of the three tracks below as a primary focus. Environmental Science also offers a Minor and an Honors program.

Earth System Science

Earth System Science (ESS) Track: examines the physical and biological processes that shape environments across the globe, and explores how global environmental changes are altering natural resources and the sustainability of our planet. ESS students are prepared for a range of professional endeavors and advanced studies involving the geosciences, physical geography, natural resource planning, and GIS.

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

Environmental Conservation Biology

Environmental and Conservation Biology (ECB) Track: explores the ways in which organisms evolve and interact with one another and their environments, ranging from molecular evolution and genomics to ecosystem level function and composition.

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 & Policy

Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) Track: prepares students to address the complexities of environmental issues facing society today, spanning toxicity and health risks to resource management and environmental policy. Students are provided in-depth exposure to how human activity is impacting the environment and how the environment affects human health, livelihoods, and the natural resources on which we depend. ES&P students engage with both natural and social science perspectives for managing and mitigating these human-environment relationships.

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, with core contributions from Biology, Geography, and International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE), but with additional support from 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 for students interested in pursuing a career in science, government, business, consulting, or education. Clark graduates work in a wide range of areas including climate science and climate change policy, satellite remote sensing and GIS analyses of environmental change, forest ecology and management, environmental regulations of pollution, water and wetlands conservation, clean energy technology, hazardous waste cleanup, public health protection, field and laboratory studies of endangered species, conservation planning, and natural resource management. 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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