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Environmental Sciences, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Environmental Sciences program of Northwestern University is open to all undergraduates. The curriculum synthesizes courses in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities.
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Program highlights

The Environmental Sciences program of Northwestern University will help students learn to:

  • Conceptualize environmental problems in a broad, interdisciplinary framework.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative critical thinking skills to environmental problems spanning local to global scales.
  • Combine methods, perspectives, and practices in the natural sciences and engineering with those in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Discriminate between different views to separate cause from effect, recognize overarching themes, and differentiate fact from opinion.
  • Synthesize information in a way that promotes positive changes in human activity and offers solutions to existing and emerging environmental problems.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of forms and formats.

The major offers two tracks: science and policy. Both tracks share common foundation courses in science, mathematics, and social science and the same core curriculum. Advanced course work differs with track. The major entails three successive levels:

  • Foundation Courses in basic science, mathematics, and social science.
  • Core Courses that provide more specific education about the discipline.
  • Advanced Studies Courses offering specialized training in key areas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth: A Habitable Planet
  • Health of the Biosphere
  • Humans and the Environment
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Data Science
  • Plant Animal Interactions

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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