A world apart.
Our location—between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches—provides unique opportunities for environmental study.
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.
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.
From the Chesapeake Bay to the Amazon River, nine students took part in a summer course guided by the Environmental Science and Studies Department, traveling to Ecuador for three weeks. The group wandered the streets of Quito, snorkeled with sharks and penguins on the Galápagos, traveled though the hot and humid rainforests, and much more.
Blue footed boobies, taigas, and piranhas, oh my!