Environmental science integrates a wide range of scientific disciplines necessary to understand the environment and the many interactions among its components.  These interactions include the impact of human activities on the environment and the impact of the environment on humans.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.


Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.


 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in Environmental Science

The interdisciplinary Environmental Science major requires a total of 79-82 credits through the following coursework.

Required courses
ENVI-101Introduction To Environmental Science3
ENVI-301Field Methods In Environmental Science3
ENVI-390Environmental Science Research & Practice4
STEM core
BIO-150Essential Skills For Biologists2
BIO-201General Biology I4
BIO-202General Biology II4
CHEM-211General Chemistry I5
CHEM-212General Chemistry II4
Earth Science
ESCI-207Global Climate And Weather4
ESCI-211Physical Geology4
PHYS-206LUniversity Physics I With Lab5
PHYS-207LUniversity Physics II With Lab5
MATH-187Calculus I4
MATH-275Applied And Computational Statistics4
Electives (5 from BIO, CHEM, ESCI, PHYS) in consultation with advisor17-20
Social Sciences/Policy/Humanities
GES-319Environmental & Natural Resources Policy3
Electives (2 from Social Science/Humanities) in consultation with advisor6
Total Hours81-84

Paulo Acioli, Professor, Departments of Earth Science and Physics,  Chair
Greg Anderson, Professor, Department of Physics
Pamela Geddes, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Jean Hemzacek, Instructor, Department of Earth Science
John Kasmer, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Kenneth Nicholson, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Laura Sanders, Professor, Department of Earth Science
Kenneth Voglesonger, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Science

Students will need to take the following three ENVI designated courses in addition to 42 credit hours of STEM core courses, 17-20 credit hours of STEM elective courses, and 9 credit hours of Social Science/Humanities courses, for a program total of 79 to 82 credit hours for a major in Environmental Science. 

ENVI-101. Introduction To Environmental Science. 3 Hours.

This course introduces environmental science as the interdisciplinary study of environmental issues related to human impact on the natural environment. The course addresses environmental science literacy and scientific methods through inquiry into and discussion of biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem dynamics, climate change, conventional and renewable energy, resources, and sustainability. Lecture (2 hrs) and laboratory (2 hrs).
Prerequisite: (MATH-091 - 499 or MATH-091A - 499Z or NEIU Math Placement Result 02 - 45 or ACT Math 19 - 36 or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra 060 - 084 or Accuplacer College Level Math 020 - 120).

ENVI-301. Field Methods In Environmental Science. 3 Hours.

This problem-based interdisciplinary course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in introductory biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, and physics. Topics covered include experimental design, sampling, and analytical techniques that are standard to the different scientific disciplines. Students are introduced to interdisciplinary research methods at field sites and develop skills in group collaboration as well as written and oral presentation. Laboratory (6 hrs).
Prerequisites: BIO-202 minimum grade of C and CHEM-212 minimum grade of C and ENVI-101 minimum grade of C and MATH-275 minimum grade of C and (ESCI-121 minimum grade of C or ESCI-211 minimum grade of C).

ENVI-390. Environmental Science Research & Practice. 4 Hours.

This course puts into practice the knowledge and skills acquired by students throughout the Environmental Science Program. Through case studies, literature review, group discussions, and a research project, students apply concepts from the various scientific disciplines. Working in small teams, students conduct practical scientific research on environmental issues relevant to the local, regional or global community.
Requirements: three electives in BIO, CHEM, ESCI, MATH, and/or PHYS; program approval
Prerequisite: ENVI-301 minimum grade of C.