Welcome to the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College.

The Environmental Studies Program provides students with an understanding of the issues facing our planet as we strive to develop paths toward a sustainable future, from perspectives in the social and natural sciences, arts, and the humanities.

We are an interdisciplinary program that offers a major and minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, involving students and faculty throughout the University. 

News & Notes

2017-2018 Events

Governor Bill Ritter Jr.

Powering Forward: Why Changing Political Winds Can't Stop the Energy Revolution

November 14

6:00 PM

McGuinn Hall, Room 121

Tara Pisanigareau (tara.pisanigareau@bc.edu)

International Studies Program presents: Finding a Path to a Safer Climate

Dr. William R. Moomaw, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy and Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University

December 04

5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Stokes Hall, South, S195


Human Welfare & Global Citizenship, Former UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.

One of the Secretary-General’s first major initiatives was the 2007 Climate Change Summit, followed by extensive diplomatic efforts that have helped put the issue at the forefront of the global agenda. Subsequent efforts to focus on the world’s main anti-poverty targets, the Millennium Development Goals, have generated more than $60 billion in pledges, with a special emphasis on Africa and the new Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health. At the height of the food, energy and economic crises in 2008, the Secretary-General successfully appealed to the G20 for a $1 trillion financing package for developing countries and took other steps to guide the international response and protect the vulnerable and poor.

February 27

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Robsham Theater Arts Center, Robsham Theater

Dr. Franziscka Seraphim at Franziska.Seraphim@bc.edu

Green Careers Night

Hear from alumni working in green and sustainability-focused careers.

Attending alumni represent a variety of organizations, including:

  • Boston Building Resources
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Ceres
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Innox
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Synapse Energy Economics
  • Zoo New England

This event is co-sponsored by BC Earth & Environmental Sciences Department, BCEEAN, and EcoPledge.

March 27

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Corcoran Commons, Heights Room


Iceland’s most photographed mountain showcases the dynamic extremes that define the landscape — waterfalls, fed from a volcanic source, carve through the dramatic mountainsides on their way to the sea. Photo by BC graduate Alex Krowiak