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.

Students observe sea life on rocks.

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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