Academics

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.

climate change ocean

Undergraduate

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

reef with sponge, coral, fish

Graduate

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.

News

More News

Social insects under pathogenic stress invest in offspring quality over quantity

New research from Professor Rebecca Rosengaus and graduate student Erin Cole investigates the impacts of pathogens on termite colony formation
Read More

Filtering fungi enhance nutrient removal in salt marshes

Salt marshes provide essential ecosystem services, such removing nutrients from runoff before it enters the ocean, but there is more research needed to uncover the mechanisms by which these services…
Read More

Magma blebs and volcano behavior on co-op at Woods Hole

How do you figure out what happens before a volcanic eruption? Look for blebs! These snapshots of the past are helping researchers like Alexandra Castillejo understand how magma rises to…
Read More