Environmental Studies service learning

Suffolk’s Environmental Studies program examines the interplay and development of environmental issues from the local to the global.You’ll choose from courses in natural sciences, ethics, environmental justice, social science, and humanities. In today’s world, many industries grapple with how to incorporate sustainable solutions and green initiatives, so you’ll be empowered to launch a career in one of the world’s most in-demand sectors. Many students pursue sustainable business, environmental advocacy, environmental education, and work with sustainable food systems after graduation.

Make a Difference

Whether you’re advocating for better air quality in urban areas or finding new ways to deliver healthy food to people in food deserts, Suffolk can help you find a way to turn ideas into reality. This major embraces scientific and social transformation. The Environmental Studies program places you at the forefront of a burgeoning movement toward organic farming, eco-friendly business initiatives, and sustainability. After intense coursework in laboratory science coupled with humanities courses, you’ll work with classmates on a research project on an issue pertinent to the field. Many of the courses include service-learning in environmental organizations. You'll also participate in a practicum, supervised by Suffolk, at an environmental group. Suffolk places students at many organizations locally and nationwide, including:

  • Alternatives for Community and the Environment
  • The Food Project
  • Greenpeace
  • The Green Corps
  • Mass Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • The Shared Green Roof Project
  • The Sierra Club
  • The Youth Climate Action Network

Explore Your Passions

Because the major is interdisciplinary, you can build a curriculum that suits your interests. Many students focus on:

  • Environmental advocacy, with courses in economics and government
  • Sustainability, with courses in science, communications, and management
  • Sustainable food systems, with courses in biology and government

Additionally, Suffolk offers an honors program in Environmental Studies, where students complete a thesis that focuses specifically on their area of interest.