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Department of

Environmental Science and Studies

A world apart.

Washington College, located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches, is in a unique location for the study of the environment.


  Washington College students use the Chesapeake Bay Region—its farms and waterways, its history and culture, its people and their environmental concerns—as a learning laboratory. The Chester River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, is at Washington College’s back door. The college has two research vessels, and state-of-the-art field equipment, available for classroom investigations and field research.

 

 

Two majors are available to students! Students can pursue an environmental science or an environmental studies major. Both majors are grounded in an interdisciplinary course of study which prepares students to critically analyze and investigate solutions to regional and global environmental issues, whether it is the revival of a depleted fishery, the fate of toxins, land use management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, world population concerns, loss of biodiversity, or climatic changes.

 

We also have two summer field courses, one at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, in collaboration with the Department of Biology, and the other in Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands. See the pictures, using the links to the left.

 

Recent Stories

  • What happens when you spend your early childhood traveling the seas? For Kailani Clarke ’20, who lived with her family aboard a 45-foot sailboat for five years, cruising heightened her awareness of human impact on the natural world and helped inform her decision to live her life as an environmental advocate.

  • On Feb. 15-17, Washington College presents “The New Face of Farm to Table: Insects on the Menu” with documentary film screenings, cooking contests, and lectures from leaders in the field.
  • As the keynote speaker at the Annual Report Launch of the CDP, the leading global environmental disclosure NGO formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project, President Sheila Bair places Washington College front and center in the global discussion around business risk and sustainability in a carbon-neutral world.

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