Prepare for graduate-level training in environmental sciences, or for employment in a broad spectrum of environmental careers. As a graduate of this program, you'll gain scientific literacy and a deep knowledge of biology and earth sciences.
You have passion for science, a deep connection to your environment, an insatiable curiosity, and an unyielding desire to learn new concepts.
Our Earth and Environmental Science major will help you to develop a sense of social responsibility with regard to scientific pursuits. Gain a deep understanding of nature, the history of life and humanity, and the complexities of human-environment interactions. Research, performed in cooperation with Cambridge communities, involves civic engagement and contributes to your understanding of local urban ecosystems.
Choose from three distinct tracks to pursue within this major.
Regardless of the path you choose, your coursework will lead to a comprehensive understanding of environmental issues and the science associated with them. A focus on research and fieldwork in all tracks provides you with first-hand experience in environmental sciences.
Environmental Science major learning goals
This course provides an interdisciplinary focus on the interactions between humans and the environment. Topics of consideration include an overview of ecosystems; population growth; species extinction and preservation; air, water, and soil pollution and control; agriculture and world food production; and preservation, conservation, and sustainable resource management. Specific case studies will be considered as well as the view of different cultures toward their physical surroundings.
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