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.
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!