Marine and Environmental Sciences
Rising to the Occasion
The Northeastern Marine and Environmental Science program seeks to prepare future generations of climatologists, ecologists, and marine biologists for the front lines of climate change — to reclaim our coral reefs, and oceans, our biodiversity, our air, and certainty for our future.
It is in the times marked by great uncertainty that we see the potential of the human spirit. The past trials of war, famine, and disease were equally met by the will of entire generations to overcome. Now, as the reality of climate change sets in, we once again stand at the precipice of a historic and unique challenge, with a call for leadership, foresight, and great courage.
In these times, hope must be prefaced by action. Hard scientific truths will have to be reconciled with economic, political, and social ramifications. It will require a global commitment where every person, no matter their education, age, careers, or affiliations, wear the badge of scientist.
Diversity & Inclusion
The community of faculty, students, and staff at the Northeastern University Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences (MES) and the Marine Science Center (MSC) values diversity and promotes a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that is responsive to the needs of our multicultural and global society. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are the foundation of effective teaching, learning, and training. Diversity is not only desirable but also required, for advancing our understanding of the environment and arriving at solutions that allow science to more effectively serve humanity
Faculty Labs & Research
Offers an in-depth view of the processes that drive change in Earth’s climate system. Examines the modern climate system and how and why climate changes through time. Introduces the tools used to explore past climates and changes, and explores the long-term and short-term controls on the climate system.
Uses hot topics in genetics and evolution (e.g. COVID-19) to teach how evolution shapes the world around us and impacts our society. Cutting edge genetic approaches and concepts are taught using case-studies, media reports, and scientific papers.
Focuses on the principles and practice of sustainable development, both as a way of looking at the interconnected world and an overarching framework for promoting economic development, social inclusion, and environmental stewardship.
The Three Seas Program
Northeastern’s signature Three Seas Program is a Master of Science Marine Biology program giving students the opportunity to spend a year studying in three different marine environments: New England (US), Panama and the Pacific Coast (US). The Three Seas Program is ideal for advanced undergraduates (usually in their third or fourth year of study) and first-year graduate students with a strong interest in marine biology and ecology.
Marine Science Center
Offering a pristine New England rocky shore habitat in close proximity to Boston, the Marine Science Center is a globally recognized organization dedicated to marine science research and education.
MS in Environmental Science and Policy
Northeastern’s Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy, a joint program between the College of Science and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, provides interdisciplinary training and environmental problem-solving expertise to the next generation of environmental professionals.