Undergraduate Minors


The Geology minor focuses on the history and development of the earth. The program places a strong emphasis on field studies as a means of appreciating the materials, landforms, and forces interacting throughout geological time.

Environmental Geology

The Environmental Geology minor provides an understanding of earth surface processes, such as rivers and flooding, groundwater and water supply, landform development, coastline evolution and geological hazards. The impacts of man on the environment and various means of managing these impacts are among the central themes. The Environmental Geology program places strong emphasis on field studies.

For additional information, contact the department at environment@northeastern.edu.

Environmental Studies

Students may choose to pursue a minor in Environmental Studies by completing a blend of science, social science, and interdisciplinary courses. A student may broaden his or her understanding of the science and policy of the Earth’s environmental challenges through this program, which is designed to complement any undergraduate major.

The goals of the Environmental Studies Minor are three-fold,

  • to help undergraduates develop an awareness of the scientific, cultural, and political aspects of the world’s environmental problems;
  • to better prepare students for careers in the expanding field of environmental professions;
  • to prepare students for further study at the graduate or professional school level.

The head advisor for the environmental studies minor is Malcolm Hill (m.hill@northeastern.edu)

Environmental Science

The environmental science minor provides undergraduates with a strong foundation on a variety of scientific, technical, institutional, economic, behavioral, and conservation-oriented solutions to environmental problems caused by either natural phenomena and/or human activity.

Marine Studies

The Marine Studies Minor is designed to provide a structured program on the Boston campus for students with an interest in the marine environment. The program allows a primary, but not exclusive, emphasis in either the scientific or the social science/humanistic study of the oceans. Some physical interaction with the sea through achievement in a specific marine-related skill, and a project involving a degree of independent study are required. Students enrolled in any program in the University may complete the Marine Studies Minor.

Marine Biology

The marine biology minor is designed to provide Northeastern undergraduates with a strong foundation in marine biology and related disciplines. The minor has a strong hands-on component involving course work, marine biology research projects, and marine-related co-ops.


For additional information, contact the department at environment@northeastern.edu.