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

2018-2019 Events

Gina McCarthy, Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

US Environmental Policy: What Has Been Lost, What Can Be Gained

Gina McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution.

McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Presented with Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, International Studies Program, Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Jesuit Institute.

October 23

6:00 PM

Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray 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