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Department of

Environmental Science and Studies

A world apart.

Our location—between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches—provides unique opportunities for environmental study.


Prof. Sherman and her thesis students sample Chester River sediment with Dr. Krahforst.2012 Energy and Environment class. In a predominantly rural area projecting rapid growth, our 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 is at the College’s back door, and research opportunities are available on campus and nearby.

The interdisciplinary major for environmental studies is designed to educate students of diverse backgrounds and interests about the nature and complexity of environmental issues.
Environmental studies encompass theories of global environmental change, how the change influences the quality of life, and our relationship to the world around us. Students are encouraged to participate in internships and summer research programs and complete a minor in an allied field of study. Field Courses: Environmental Studies in the Ecuadoran AmazonField Courses: Environmental Studies in the Ecuadoran Amazon

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    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. 

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    When she volunteered to help commission the College’s new MASS Spec lab, Sarah Winters ’14 had no idea it would lead to a summer research fellowship and a trip to an international conference in San Francisco.
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    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.

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