Welcome to

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/2258-a-welltraveled-path"><img src="/live/image/gid/30/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/278,0,1373,1095/24821_0000014812-dsc_0183_copy.rev.1454369674.jpg" alt="Kathy Thornton ’13." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/30/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/278,0,1373,1095/24821_0000014812-dsc_0183_copy.rev.1454369674.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/30/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/278,0,1373,1095/24821_0000014812-dsc_0183_copy.rev.1454369674.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2258-a-welltraveled-path">A Well-Traveled Path</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Kathy Thornton ’13 has traveled as far as Easter Island and as near as the Chester River to study the connections between environment and history.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9386-summer-in-ecuador"><img src="/live/image/gid/191/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,683,512/64274_63638_26956884610_2b96571634_k.rev.1474484596.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/191/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,683,512/64274_63638_26956884610_2b96571634_k.rev.1474484596.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/191/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,683,512/64274_63638_26956884610_2b96571634_k.rev.1474484596.jpg 3x" data-max-w="683" data-max-h="512"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9386-summer-in-ecuador">Summer in Ecuador</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> 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.</p></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/3427-allison-speight-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg" alt="Allison Speight '14" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1232" data-max-h="1650"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3427-allison-speight-14">Allison Speight ‘14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Allison discusses internship opportunities after graduating from the Chesapeake Semester in 2012.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5408-the-chesapeake-summer-program"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/241,0,952,711/41440_cbmm_lighthouse_martha_delaware.rev.1454386329.jpg" alt="The Bridge Weekend will take place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/241,0,952,711/41440_cbmm_lighthouse_martha_delaware.rev.1454386329.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/241,0,952,711/41440_cbmm_lighthouse_martha_delaware.rev.1454386329.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="711"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5408-the-chesapeake-summer-program">The Chesapeake Summer Program</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> A new program offered by the CES will give high school students a chance to get their feet wet in the marine sciences and geographic information systems while working with Washington College faculty and undergrads. </p></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/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>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4786-katherine-wares-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg 3x" data-max-w="691" data-max-h="1036"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4786-katherine-wares-14">Katherine Wares ’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> “The internship experiences will help me get into grad school.”</div></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/8838-preserving-the-animal-kingdom"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,1280/60993_amanda_peters_with_hummingbird.rev.1459779417.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,1280/60993_amanda_peters_with_hummingbird.rev.1459779417.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,1280/60993_amanda_peters_with_hummingbird.rev.1459779417.jpg 3x" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="1280"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/8838-preserving-the-animal-kingdom">Preserving the Animal Kingdom</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Amanda Peters ’16 grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian. What she discovered at Washington College is how much broader her impact could be as a champion for global biodiversity.</p></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/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/5311-a-full-weekend-of-sensing-change"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/193,0,514,320/40036_small_ice.rev.1454384976.jpg" alt="Art by Zaria Forman." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/193,0,514,320/40036_small_ice.rev.1454384976.jpg 2x" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="374"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5311-a-full-weekend-of-sensing-change">A Full Weekend of “Sensing Change”</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Visionary environmental artist Natalie Jeremijenko kicks off a three-day program that explores the intersection of creativity and science through the talents of artists, musicians, filmmakers and more April 3 through 6.</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/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>

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

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

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