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Graduates of our programs contribute to the solution of environmental problems such as soil or groundwater contamination, shore erosion, sea level rise due to global warming, and more. Northeastern’s emphasis on experiential, off-campus learning in addition to classroom learning helps our students to become well-grounded in their field of study and to work effectively with others to study and address real problems, as part of their undergraduate program.

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There are several programs and combined major options for students interested in studying a variety of marine and environmental sciences.

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The Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences offers a PhD in Marine and Environmental Sciences, a MS in Marine Biology, and a MS in Environmental Science and Policy.

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Three Seas

Graduate students in the Three Seas program, earn a Master's degree, complete an internship, and deliver a capstone project in this intensive 16-month program. The Three Seas program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to take challenging graduate level courses while exploring three diverse marine ecosystems.


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08/07/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Steven Scyphers, assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences, and student Kiera O'Donnell pose for a portrait at the Marine Science Center in Nahant on August 07, 2019. Scyphers has received a grant from the Nature Conservancy to study the impact of Hurricane Michael in collaboration with colleagues at the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Can Nature Reduce the Damage Caused by Hurricanes?

People tend to underestimate the power of non-engineered solutions that may complement seawalls. One of the best defenses against natural forces could be nature itself.
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Katie Lotterhos, assistant professor in marine and environmental Sciences, holds up an oyster in her lab in Nahant. Lotterhos recently received a grant to work with a consortium of scientists across the East Coast to breed a better oyster. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

How to Breed a Better Oyster

A group of shellfish geneticists, including Northeastern professor Katie Lotterhos is trying to help the oyster industry select for the traits that will make oysters both thrive in their environment…
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Kelly Kowal, left, and Lark Parmalee, right, prepare for a dive at Canoe Beach, Nahant.

Diving into Three Seas

An exploration of the Three Seas Program.
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