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Environmental Science and Studies

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.

Marine Conservation 2019

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 climate change. 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 doorstep.  The river is accessable to students from the Washington College waterfront campus. 

 


Student Opportunities In Envrionmental Science and Studies

 

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 Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall 

With it's flowthrough system, The Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall brings the river into the educational laboratory for experiential learning. Visit the link above to learn more. 

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Summer Field Courses

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. 

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Field and River Campus

Experiential learning and student and faculty research activities regularly occur at Washington College's River and Field Campus, home to the Chester River Field Research Station.  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 environmental science and biology to environmental art and anthropology.


 Quick links for more ways students can get involved with the environment beyond the major!