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Department of

Environmental Science and Studies

A world apart.

Our location—between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches—provides unique opportunities for environmental study.


Prof. Sherman and her thesis students sample Chester River sediment with Dr. Krahforst.2012 Energy and Environment class. In a predominantly rural area projecting rapid growth, our 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 is at the College’s back door, and research opportunities are available on campus and nearby.

The interdisciplinary major for environmental studies is designed to educate students of diverse backgrounds and interests about the nature and complexity of environmental issues.
Environmental studies encompass theories of global environmental change, how the change influences the quality of life, and our relationship to the world around us. Students are encouraged to participate in internships and summer research programs and complete a minor in an allied field of study.

 

Recent Stories

  • For Julia Bresnan ‘17, the result of the environmental policies she studies in class really became tangible when she attended the dedication of the Tall Pines Preserve, a brand new state park in New Jersey.
  • Washington College’s new academic building will be named for alumni Barbara and George Cromwell.
  • When Emily Harris ’15 participated in the Chesapeake Semester Program during her sophomore year at WC, the experience ignited her passion for environmental learning.

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