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Undergraduate Programs in Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

UMass Lowell offers an Environmental Science major with options in Environmental Science, Geoscience and Sustainability, and a Meteorology & Atmospheric Science major.

Both majors are highly cross-disciplinary and provide strong foundations in physics, biology, mathematics, and chemistry. Upper-level electives allow students to tailor the program to acquire the tools to work in a wide range of consulting and forecasting careers, or to continue on to graduate school.

The Meteorology & Atmospheric Science major is for students interested in meteorology, weather forecasting, climatology and air pollution, and fulfills the education requirements for federally employed meteorologists. 

The Environmental Science major has two programs, one leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and the other to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science. 

The Environmental Science major has three options: Environmental Science, Geoscience and Sustainability. 

  • The Environmental Science option (B.S. degree) is for students focused on addressing human impacts on the environment and major environmental challenges including climate change, pollution, and sustainability. 
  • The Geoscience option (B.S. degree) is for students interested in the geologic environment including mineral resources, geochemistry, and paleoclimatology. Both Environmental Science and Geoscience options also provide training in hydrogeology, soil science, biogeochemistry, and geographic information systems (GIS). 
  • The Sustainability option (B.A. degree) is designed for students interested in social-environmental aspects of environmental problems and climate change, preparing them for careers in environmental policy, governance, social equity, environmental sustainability, and climate change mitigation and resilience.