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Washington College

Environmental science and studies is are all about the way the world works. So, why should they be stuck in textbooks and on whiteboards? Here, we bring them to life. 

Our students get to go beyond the typical undergraduate experience. They work to restore oysters in Langford Bay. They travel to Peru to study the most productive marine ecosystem in the world. And they go on to fight for environmental rights in the nation’s top courts. 

At Washington College, environmental science and studies students can chart their own academic course. Whether they’re passionate about about fish acoustics or monitoring the travels of sea otters, they’re encouraged to make the most out of their time in and outside of the classroom. 

Get to Know Us

  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6846-boosting-natures-healthy-relationships"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/30,84,596,650/50308_doug_tallamy_.rev.1454395334.jpg" alt="Douglas Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home" and "The Living Landscape."" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/30,84,596,650/50308_doug_tallamy_.rev.1454395334.jpg 2x" data-max-w="657" data-max-h="684"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6846-boosting-natures-healthy-relationships">Boosting Nature’s Healthy Relationships</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">University of Delaware professor and author Douglas Tallamy will lecture on the importance of native plants in healthy ecosystems.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/8819-chesapeake-semester-spotlight-emily-harris-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg" alt="Emily paddles the Susquehanna River with Chesapeake Semester." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1360"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/8819-chesapeake-semester-spotlight-emily-harris-15">Chesapeake Semester Spotlight: Emily Harris ’15</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">When Emily Harris ’15 participated in the Chesapeake Semester Program during her sophomore year at WC, the experience ignited her passion for environmental learning.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5723-college-dedicates-bold-river-project"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/450,119,1425,1094/43525_levin__slattery_aboard_callinectes.rev.1454388309.jpg" alt="Doug Levin, deputy director of the Center for Environment & Society, talks with Britt Slattery, the state Department o..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/450,119,1425,1094/43525_levin__slattery_aboard_callinectes.rev.1454388309.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/450,119,1425,1094/43525_levin__slattery_aboard_callinectes.rev.1454388309.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5723-college-dedicates-bold-river-project">College Dedicates Bold River Project</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">The Chester River Watershed Observatory will make the Chester the most studied, best understood waterway on the continent. Governor O’Malley comes to town May 30 for the dedication.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4904-teaming-up-to-power-down"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/666,154,1487,975/38122_shore_power_speakers2_.rev.1454383129.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/666,154,1487,975/38122_shore_power_speakers2_.rev.1454383129.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/666,154,1487,975/38122_shore_power_speakers2_.rev.1454383129.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4904-teaming-up-to-power-down">Teaming Up to Power Down</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Run by the Center for Environment & Society and funded by the Town Creek Foundation, the ShorePower project will help four more Eastern Shore towns reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5931-two-students-two-oceans"><img src="/live/image/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,209,1238,1447/45151_dobroski_field_work.rev.1454389846.jpg" alt="Kelly Dobroski ’16 poses with one of her research subjects in Cape Lookout Bight." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,209,1238,1447/45151_dobroski_field_work.rev.1454389846.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,209,1238,1447/45151_dobroski_field_work.rev.1454389846.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1238" data-max-h="1651"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5931-two-students-two-oceans">Two Students, Two Oceans</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> In the Atlantic and the Pacific, Washington College students are spending their summer studying sea turtles and having some serious fun doing it.</p><p>  </p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4783-jeff-sullivan-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg 3x" data-max-w="700" data-max-h="1050"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4783-jeff-sullivan-14">Jeff Sullivan ’14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><div class="wc-suppress"><span class="wc-academics-major"><strong><a href="/departments/environmental-science-and-studies/">Environmental Studies</a></strong><br/><br/></span> “Washington College shows you how to see impacts in a global community.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4768-amanda-kloetzli-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37950_kloetzli.rev.1454382946.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37950_kloetzli.rev.1454382946.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37950_kloetzli.rev.1454382946.jpg 3x" data-max-w="687" data-max-h="1030"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4768-amanda-kloetzli-14">Amanda Kloetzli ’14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><div class="wc-suppress"><span class="wc-academics-major"><strong><a href="/departments/anthropology/">Anthropology</a></strong> and <strong><a href="/departments/environmental-science-and-studies/">Environmental Studies</a></strong><br/><br/></span> “The summer of my freshman year I went to Bermuda.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/7384-breaking-ground-for-a-groundbreaking-new-academic"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/268,148,1320,1199/52825_chs_grads_copy.rev.1454397759.jpg" alt="Members of the audience who attended Chestertown High School in the brick building at 215 Washington Avenue were invited u..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/268,148,1320,1199/52825_chs_grads_copy.rev.1454397759.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/268,148,1320,1199/52825_chs_grads_copy.rev.1454397759.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7384-breaking-ground-for-a-groundbreaking-new-academic">Breaking Ground for a Groundbreaking New Academic Building</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">State and local officials joined College leaders at the official groundbreaking for the new  academic building that will rise on Washington Avenue to house anthropology, environmental science and studies, and the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5958-its-a-jungle-out-there"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/45296_equatorial_line.rev.1454389914.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/45296_equatorial_line.rev.1454389914.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/29/width/220/height/140/crop/1/45296_equatorial_line.rev.1454389914.jpg 3x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5958-its-a-jungle-out-there">It’s a Jungle Out There</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Jungle lodges, cloud forests, colonial towns, and pristine beaches beckoned seven students on a three-week environmental studies course in Ecuador this summer.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1774-common-ground"><img src="/live/image/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/335,0,1572,1236/23012_0000008924-p1010077.rev.1454367569.jpg" alt="Professor Leslie Sherman takes soil samples on a pineapple plantation in Costa Rica." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/335,0,1572,1236/23012_0000008924-p1010077.rev.1454367569.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/335,0,1572,1236/23012_0000008924-p1010077.rev.1454367569.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1774-common-ground">Common Ground</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">During her sabbatical in Costa Rica, chemistry Professor Leslie Sherman studied how intensive agriculture affects tropical soil, and witnessed one of nature’s most magical events.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4603-with-atoms-hes-chillin"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37092_frank_narducci.rev.1454382128.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37092_frank_narducci.rev.1454382128.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37092_frank_narducci.rev.1454382128.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4603-with-atoms-hes-chillin">With Atoms, He’s Chillin’</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Speaking Dec. 3, physicist Frank Narducci will explain his work with “the coldest stuff on Earth,” super chilled atoms.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/10330-risky-business"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg" alt="A car plows through a nuisance tide on Smith Island." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1362"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10330-risky-business">Risky Business</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> 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.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9226-testing-the-waters"><img src="/live/image/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1536" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9226-testing-the-waters">Testing the Waters</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Madeline Poethke ‘16 is spending a summer in the stunning landscape of Oregon, training in the kind of science that leads to environmental change.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9358-feeling-dedicated"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/64133_cromwell_hall_august_34.rev.1473687933.jpg" alt="Cromwell Hall" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/64133_cromwell_hall_august_34.rev.1473687933.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/64133_cromwell_hall_august_34.rev.1473687933.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9358-feeling-dedicated">Feeling Dedicated</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The dedication for Washington College’s new academic building, Cromwell Hall, is set for September 24.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4387-long-way-home"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/547,0,1641,1094/36204_dsc_0034.rev.1454381484.jpg" alt="Captain Mike Gosman steers the Callinectes down the Chester River." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/547,0,1641,1094/36204_dsc_0034.rev.1454381484.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/547,0,1641,1094/36204_dsc_0034.rev.1454381484.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4387-long-way-home">Long Way Home</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">After thousands of sea miles and more than 20 years in the Coast Guard, the captain of Washington College’s research vessels still loves his home river, the Chester.</div>

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The Center for Environment & Society offers internships and fellowships in the great outdoors.

OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

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