Undergraduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies
Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Armed with a degree in environmental science and a passion for environmental issues, you can help our planet by protecting endangered species, conserving biodiversity, tackling climate change, developing renewable energy sources or addressing pollution issues.


Environmental issues affect every part of our world. This major helps students tackle environmental problems and become environmentally responsible citizens. Armed with a degree in environmental science and a passion for environmental issues, students can help our planet by protecting endangered species, conserving biodiversity, tackling climate change, developing renewable energy sources, or addressing pollution issues.

Students learn environmental science from professors who have worked for environmental companies and have practical knowledge and experience solving environmental problems. As a student, they have the opportunity to participate in research and potentially be a co-author on a published research article.

Students benefit from small class sizes where they use lab and field equipment under the guidance of their professors. They have access to internships in the Greater Boston Area, including New England Aquarium, Neponset River Watershed Association, South Shore Natural Science Center, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Friends of the Blue Hills, Museum of Science, Quincy Climate Action Network, Buttonwoods Park Zoo, and Roger Williams Park Zoo. Finally, students have the opportunity to participate in travel courses to destinations like Hawaii and Costa Rica to put their education into practice.

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Career Paths

Students with environment science degrees may choose to work for governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, consulting firms, and educational institutions. A degree in environmental science at Eastern Nazarene College also prepares you for graduate programs in environmental science, marine biology, conservation biology, and related fields.  Recent graduates of the program have been accepted to graduate programs at Green Mountain College, Clark University, and the University of Rhode Island. Others are currently working for state environmental agencies, environmental consulting firms, renewable energy companies, and non-profit organizations.  Recent graduates include an Environmental Fellow at Neponset River Watershed Association; a Project Manager with Resonant Energy, a solar energy non-profit; and a coastal wetland scientist with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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For course descriptions, requirements, focus areas, options, and other program details see the full current undergraduate catalog.


Upon completion of the BS in Environmental Science degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Complete a course of study covering the foundational knowledge and scientific principles of their chosen subject area.
  • Have the academic and technical background necessary to successfully enter graduate school and/or professional employment.
  • Gather and organize scientific data, analyze it, evaluate its meaning and develop models for interpreting scientific phenomena.
  • Make observations, formulate questions and hypothesis, make predictions and make accurate scientific measurements in an investigative setting.
  • Create appropriate images, figures, models, posters, presentations or other creative products to convey information, present results or interpret data in a meaningful and aesthetically pleasing manner.
  • Write a scientific research proposal including background, specific aims, materials and methods, budget and project timeline.
  • Prepare and deliver scientific presentations in various media formats to their peers and professors using current technology as appropriate.
  • Participate in a praxis experience which applies theoretical knowledge of their chosen field of study to practical situations and interactions.
  • Participate cooperatively in groups, displaying professional and ethical behavior.
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Why students love Environmental Science

I have always loved learning about different types of environments and the things that impact them. Eastern Nazarene College has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the environment under Professor Twining, who has been a mentor to me. He truly cares about his students and shares his passion for the environment with them. My journey here has helped me to develop both academically and personally, providing me with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Victoria Parenti '22
Hometown: Slippery Rock, PA

23 East Elm Avenue, Quincy, MA 02170 (617) 745-3000

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