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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

  • Junior attorney Allison Kvien ’13 takes on a big job in Wyoming, practicing environmental law.

  • Three WC students spent the summer asking residents on some of the most vulnerable lands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore whether they were concerned about rising waters in their communities. They learned that words matter, and for many, risk is in the eye of the beholder.

  • 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.

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