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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.

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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.

A new dual-degree program with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment enables qualified students in either major to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. 

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. Click on “International Field Courses” in the side bar to the left to learn more. 

The River and Field Campus at Washington College is the home to the Chester River Field Research Station, which is the focal point for much of the field research for the College’s faculty and students. In a class by itself, the River and Field Campus at Washington College is the largest conservation easement in the state of Maryland – and there’s no place like it in the world. The 4,700-acre living lab incorporates 2.5 miles of Chester River waterfront, meadows, untouched hardwood forests, ponds, grasslands, marshes and riverine habitat. Just a 10-minute drive from the Washington College main campus, the River and Field Campus offers students an unparalleled living classroom in subjects ranging from biology and chemistry to environmental art and anthropology.